This amused me.
If Adam had won, would Clay be talking about how he thought "his ears were going to bleed" when Adam did "Ring of Fire"? Of course not. He'd be on the Lambert Band Wagon as fast as he could.
I think it's just tacky for him to talk badly about a fellow Idol contestant like that. Especially when we all know he can't stand that Adam has more originality and talent in his pinkie finger than Clay does in his whole body.
(Not to mention that Adam looks so much more fabulous in eyeliner than Clay ever would.)
Edit (5/29): Adam's response to Clay's "bleeding ears" comment - Glad Clay finally got some press. Hehe.