The 34-year-old alum of Becca Kufrin‘s The Bachelorette season offered clarification on Twitter after a previous tweet he posted about current Bachelorette Michelle Young was apparently met with criticism.
“Guys, when I said ‘controversial opinion Michelle is the most beautiful bachelorette’ I meant no disrespect,” the former NFL player wrote on Wednesday, Nov. 3. “The controversial part is bc there has been so many beautiful women in that spot. (18 I think).”
He continued, “Just trying to [compliment]. Apologies if you were offended.”
As The Bachelorette‘s Nov. 2 episode aired, Clay, who also appeared on Bachelor in Paradise in 2019, took to Twitter to praise the 28-year-old schoolteacher as, in his estimation, the most beautiful Bachelorette the show has ever featured. His initial tweet has since been deleted.
When an individual responded to Clay’s apology tweet by asking if someone had been offended, Clay replied, “‘You’re beautiful’ used to be a compliment.” The athlete added a weary face emoji.