Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne angrily stormed out of the club's Valley Ranch training facility on Tuesday after learning the news that Orlando Scandrick who is returning from suspension will replace him in the starting line-up.
Unhappy with benching
Claiborne skipped the Dallas walk-through practice and visually displayed his distain for the news that he had lost his starting position at cornerback to Scandrick, who had completed his suspension by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy.
Claiborne had started two of the three games whilst Scandrick served his suspension but this latest controversy surrounding the cornerback skipping practice could result in a fine from the Cowboys for action detrimental to the team.
Owner fuelling the fire
The news that the 24-year-old corner had angrily stormed out of the training facility came only hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had made some rather displeasing comments about Claiborne on his weekly radio show.
Jones had admitted the cornerback had thus far not been worth the sixth round selection they gave away in order to move up in the 2012 draft and select Claiborne out of LSU.
Jones explained: "Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No, But he's going to be a good player."
Not only had Claiborne had to hear his owner show suspected disappointment in his level of play before his subsequent demotion by the team, but it comes off a very incompetent outing against the St. Louis Rams in his own opinion.
On Sunday against the Rams, Claiborne allowed five receptions along with 108 yards to go against him, including a big 51-yard touchdown catch which extended the St. Louis lead to 21-0 in the second quarter.
The Cowboys showed resilience and grit that many pundits didn't believe they contained in order to stage a marvellous comeback, one of the best in their history, Claiborne even made two intricate plays to enable the victory.
The cornerback pressured an incompletion with a perfectly timed blitz and also grabbed an interception that clinched the victory for Dallas.
Despite his up-and-down day, head coach Jason Garrett would not confirm whether Claiborne's place in the starting line-up was assured and the writing was seemingly on the wall from the post-match comments.
The player himself certainly wasn't happy with his performance despite two big plays and said he: "stunk it up".
His reaction to his benching certainly wont go down well and the Cowboys who are forever in the headlines will have to find the professional way to conclude the issues surrounding Claiborne and his status with Dallas.