Breaking up hard to do for Browns

Breaking up hard to do for Browns
December 7, 2012, 12:45 am
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It’s too bad Joe Thomas plays offense and won’t get a chance to try tackling Peyton Hillis on Sunday when the former Browns running back returns to Cleveland with the Chiefs.

Thomas, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle, had some scathing things to say this week about his former teammate.

"I think it was better for both sides [that he left]," Thomas told The Plain Dealer. "At that point, the situation with him here was toxic. He didn't want to be here and players didn't want him here and it's better just for a fresh start at that point."

Thomas said Hillis, unhappy with his contract situation, sat out games last season he should have been able to play with minor injuries.

"He decided that his contract was more important than coming out and playing and helping his team win, and it left us without a running back," Thomas said. "To have Peyton going through a contract dispute and basically refusing to play, it was a big distraction. … [Hillis] decided to go about trying to get a new contract a certain way and ended up hurting the other 52 guys in the locker room. That was his decision."

Hillis shot back. (And we’re so glad he did.)

“It’s kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend. It’s been over a year. Get over it,” Hillis told The Kansas City Star, and then referenced Thomas’ big contract. “I guess when you get paid over $100 million by one team, it’s kind of easy to point the finger at other guys and try to hate on them for trying to get another contract.”

Good stuff. But I think I’d like to hear some more about Hillis’ experience with crazy ex-girlfriends.