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Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 3:10 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone knows that Ravens-Steelers games are a different (read: more violent) brand of football and that was exactly the case on Sunday night, when Baltimore snuck out a win in Pittsburgh. Ray Lewis and Ryan Clark delivered the most notable hits of the evening -- Lewis knocked Hines Ward with a clear helmet-to-helmet hit but wasn't flagged, while Clark picked up a 15-yard penalty for a hit on Ed Dickson.

Tuesday, Ryan Wilson told you to expect fines for both guys, and on Wednesday, they came down from the league. Lewis was fined $20,000 for his hit on Ward and Clark was fined $40,000 by the NFL for his hit on Dickson. Clark is especially unhappy about it.

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"The hit wasn't malicious at all," Clark said, per Will Graves of the Associated Press. "i know how to knock somebody out if i want to knock them out. Am I supposed to let him catch it and then wait for him and hug him? Should I throw a pillow at him? Should I blow a whistle?"

And the Steelers safety had some choice words for Commissioner Roger Goodell as well.

"Somebody else needs to step in ... not that I respected Roger before this ... but this is ridiculous," Clark said. "I'm not going to sit across from [the Commissioner] unless they handcuff me. which is probably the next step anyway."

Lewis wasn't happy either, but had less aggressive words for the league office.

"Yeah, I heard from the league and like I said they fined me whatever they was going to fine me," Lewis said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "The thing is you definitely respect them trying to protect player safety. At the same time, it won't change not one way I play this week no matter what the fine is. You can't stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. When the receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball. You never want to hurt nobody.

"I've been in this business too long. I just think once you start getting into these fines I don't know how they come up with the numbers most of the time."

Well, actually, the NFL has a pretty standardized system for fines, though there is some confusion about the application. A fine for a hit on a defenseless player or impermissible use of a helmet (including illegal launching) is $20,000, which explains Lewis' fine.

And a repeat-offender fine is $40,000, which is why Clark, who's been targeted more than once by the NFL, got double what Lewis did, even though the safety claims the hit wasn't against league rules.

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Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:23 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K


Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:59 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K


I'm sure we won't have to wait much longer and it's a forgone conclusion that it'll be a Steelers' receiver. The Nfl has been looking for a way to stop Heinz Ward for years and they will make his final years in the league financially unfeasible.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:36 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Ok, I can buy Clark being fined but Ray Lewis's hit was on Hines Ward.  Isn't that a good thing?

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:31 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Pinkelson pee and flibalee-dee!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:13 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Watched the KC vs SD game not to long ago and Cassell was throwing a screen pass to McClain. He was off balance all on his own and a defender hit him with no helmet to helmet and was flagged. Gruden went beserk, saying I don't know how you coach defense anymore. They read the rule and this is what was said. The receiver in a vulnerable state has to be able to get in a state where he can protect himself. Part of defense is hitting the receiver at the time the ball arives. Based on how the rule is written, any bang-bang play that is a catch down the field qualifies for a penalty under this rule. I agree with Clark and Lewis. Actually the Pit vs Blt game was a great game and there was a lot of hitting. I don't think much of it at all was dirty. I'm a Steeler fan through and through and hat's off to BLT for the sweep this year, but Goodell need to go do something else. He is bringing more and more judgment calls to a game that already has to many of them. Watch a game from 1980 vs a game today and you willl see a much crisper better officiated game from the 80's than today and it all has to do with goofy rules that are put into place that cannot be officiated evenly. I agree with a recent column that Pass interference should be a 15 yard penalty in the NFL, because refs cannot get the call consistent. The NFL has given QB's so many ways to get rid of the ball to avoid a loss, but they still blame injuries on defense. HEY GOODELL, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO CALL HELMET TO HELMET ON THE OFFENSIVE PLAYER? That is the biggest bunch of BS that offensive players can lead with their head and get no penalty!!! WTF!!!

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:09 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Easier fix, remove the helmets from all the players.  Make them wear leather helmets and see how fast they stop leading with the helmet.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:55 am

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Another prime example of God-dell over stepping his legal authority, not to mention the innumerable times he has acted with a vengeance against the hated Steelers.  This jerk is so biased he would have made a good Penn State alum except he does not cover up anything, he just blatantly ignores common sense, fairness, and in some cases the law of the land. I agree he should be Paternoed.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:48 am

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Easy fix, just put flags on em.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:41 am

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Look, agree with the fines or not..... they are having the desired effect of making Defensive players more careful on their hits and trying to stay away from the head.  Is that a bad thing?

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:34 am

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Once a receiver goes to catch a ball, HE sometimes puts himself in that position.  It's not the D player that's at fault for trying to stop the catch or make the tackle.  Any more than it's the QB who's at fault, for making the throw, that caused the WR to make the catch and sometimes be "defenseless".  There are times that something is malicious, and that's when the league needs to step in.  I've seen the D player in the right position and the WR or the RB lower THEIR helmet which causes the contact, which is no fault of the D player.  Do we now punish the WR or RB for lowering their helmet?  This rule is WAY to open for interpretation by the refs on the field and needs to be modified.  Sometimes they don't even call a penalty on the field and then the league fines the player.  Also, the way a fine is assessed by the league needs to be changed as well.  This rule, the league, and the fines, are out of hand.

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