When he was a contestant on the sixth (and to this point final) season of WWE Tough Enough, Patrick Clark was presented as a pro wrestling prodigy. The Velveteen Dream character he introduced in NXT was a breakout hit, and had fans and people inside the company predicting major main roster success for the young man from Washington, D.C.
But sexual misconduct allegations against Clark in 2020 didn’t go away despite his denials — and then-head of NXT Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s public statements that WWE’s internal investigations didn’t find anything. He was eventually released the following year, and stories & controversy continued to follow Clark even though he seemed to be done with the business.
There’s been no news about Clark for more than a year now, but that changed today (Jan. 2) when he posted a video to Instagram. In it, the 28 year old says he wants ”to take full accountability for my behavior over the last three years of my life”. He doesn’t specifically discuss those behaviors, but says he was “wrong” and proceeds to apologize to WWE, Levesque, current head of NXT Shawn Michaels, and a former co-worker of his at WWE, Tehuti “Ashante Adonis” Miles.
We’re currently unable to embed Instagram posts, but copies of Clark’s video are being shared on X. In his original here, the video is captioned “I apologize” with a white heart emoji.
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“As you’ve probably seen or have heard over the course of the last few years, I want to apologize for my behavior. Both professionally and personally, I always preach to those closest to me about the power of accountability and responsibility, and I take full accountability for my behavior over the last three years of my life. When narratives were written about me — it doesn’t matter. It didn’t matter what was written about me, it doesn’t matter what was said about me, it doesn’t matter what’s on the internet about me.
“I was wrong. And because of that, I need to apologize to a few people.
“First, I want to apologize to the WWE organization. I want to apologize to the WWE organization for any unwanted attention and negative press that I brought to your brand and your product.
“I want to apologize to the WWE fans and the Velveteen Dream fans because when you hear the name Velveteen Dream, it should have only been spoken about in a productive and positive light — not the name Patrick Clark as another statistic of what happens when talent and opportunity meet immaturity. That’s not what you spend your hard earned money on, it’s not what you invest your time and your money in. When you look on the TV, and you come to the shows — you should escape reality, and not have to deal with mine. I want to apologize to the WWE and the fans.
”I want to apologize to Paul Leveque. Paul, you are such an understanding and patient man and leader, and getting the opportunity to work with you and learn from you — I get the sense of what makes you who you are, and how you’ve been able to handle the responsibility of being in the public light for such a long time. I want to apologize to you Paul, I’m sorry.
“Also, I want to say I’m sorry to Shawn Michaels. Shawn, it’s still beyond me that I’ve been having the opportunity in this lifetime to learn from you, to have your mentorship and your guidance, and I apologize if you feel like you’ve wasted your time and your energy investing into me — you have not. I’m still a work in progress, I’m still learning, and I remember all of the lessons that you’ve taught me. Shawn, I’m sorry.
“My best friend, Tehuti Miles, I want to apologize to you. Because before you were tied to me publicly for the support you have given me and you continue to give me, your resume was impeccable and I apologize for any smudges that I may have put on that resume because of my behavior. You’re the last person that should have to deal with anything like that and I’m sorry, man.
“I want to apologize to my family, my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister, my nieces and my nephews — because you may read things, you may hear about things, you may be confronted by people who you don’t know, and you might feel the need to explain yourselves on my behalf. I just want you to know that you do not have to do that — ever. No one should have to explain anything for Patrick Clark, no one should have to trend because of Patrick Clark, no one should have to answer the questions of where is Patrick now, what did Patrick do, what happened with Patrick. That’s not your responsibility, and I don’t want you to have to feel burdened with that responsibility. That’s my responsibility, and I apologize to you all for any energy — negative energy that has had to come your way because of me.
“Again, I want to apologize to the fans, and those in my professional and personal life that I have affected by my behavior. I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
“I recognize that I was losing myself and I apologize to anyone that I lost along the way, anyone that I’ve upset or offended because of my behavior. Man, I’m sorry and I hope you all forgive me. Thank you.”
Clark makes no mention of a return to wrestling in the video. Shortly after his WWE release in 2021, he was promoted for an independent show but quickly pulled from the booking due to fan backlash.