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Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:01 pm
 
Clark's collision with Dickson resulted in a $40,000 fine. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Tuesday there were reports that Ryan Clark and Ray Lewis could expect fines for their play in Sunday night's Ravens-Steelers game. Wednesday it became a reality; Clark was docked $40,000 and Lewis $20,000.

And not long after the fines were announced, Clark spoke frankly on the matter.

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

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette writes that Steelers head coach "was said to be furious when he learned about the fine from the league office today."

In a statement released by the team, Tomlin called the fine excessive.

"I am a proponent of player safety and the league's pursuit of improvement in this area," he said. "I, like the vast majority of people in this industry, witness daily the steep price that these young men pay to play this game on so many levels. Ryan has my full support if he chooses to appeal this in any way."

Judge for yourself:


Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also supports Clark and thinks that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith should get involved.

"It's unfortunate," he said."You never want to see one of your guys get hit, especially for that much money. I went back and watched it. If you slow down and watch it, it's about as picture-perfect of a tackle you can make. His head was down right across the chest and the back of his helmet maybe grazed the wide receivers bottom of the face mask. Someone needs to stand up and do something -- like De Smith. He is our player guy, stand up and do something for our players."

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Fair point. Smith hasn't been seen since the lockout ended. Maybe that's why, when the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly asked James Harrison Wednesday if De Smith should get involved his response was "Who's that?"

(We're pretty sure that was Harrison being sarcastic.)

But it's not just those in the Steelers organization that think Clark's punishment was exorbitant. Sports Illustrated's Peter King sent the following tweets Wednesday:

"Watched replay of Clark's hit on Dickson 20/25 times. Clark lowers head, aims for chest w/right shoulder. Clips Dickson facemask w/helmet. … This is not the kind of hit to generate a 40k fine. Clark DID hit helmet--but he clearly was aiming lower. Some fine? OK. 40? No way. … 'Fine Clark till he stops.; Stops what? Lowering his head and aiming for a guy's sternum? Bury a guy when he AIMS for head. Clark didn't."

As our colleague Will Brinson wrote earlier, the reason Clark is now out $40,000 wasn't the result of some blindfolded dart-throwing exercise down at league headquarters. It's because the NFL's fine schedule plainly states that the second offense for "Impermissible Use of the Helmet" will run you … $40,000.

The players are well aware of this. They're just apoplectic at the amount. Well, that and the arbitrary nature with with Goodell metes out punishments. Like, say, this.

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Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Get your facts straight before posting NONSENSE,The Steeler def is old and slow.And ranked 7th not 3rd.And a good
Defense does not let a weak OFFENSE go 92 yards to win a game
Just out of curiosity, where did you see them ranked 7th? Texans and Ravens are ahead of them in the least amount of yards allowed per game.....




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Not a fan of either team but absolutely a great football hit by Clark. That is how the the game is taught and how it should be played. Let 'em play Goodel!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:49 pm
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Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Too bad these hits didn't happen to big ben.  He should have assualted his women at PSU - he might have gotten away w/ it. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark


Like always, pretty god damn dumb.  He didn't do anything about but make a good play to breakup a catch.  I'm no fan of either the Steelers or the Ravens and it just leaves me disgusted more then a little..  Common trend with the god awful officiating this year in almost every facet of the game, but it is getting old.  Defenses are getting so screwed over 24/7 every game yhid drsdon by the ref's that it's starting to almost feel crooked and like a joke..




Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

More Steelers trying to act like the big bad tough guys while whining...shut up and take your punishment like men.  Bunch of crybabies!



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

What happens to the money from these fines? 



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

roger g is the worst commish EVER in any sport.  let's just make it so there is no tackling at all.  the NFL obviously has things set up for scoring.  hand the ball off, score a TD.  no one can touch you.  as long as the receiver catches the ball....TD, no one can touch you.  lots and lots of scoring.  that should be entertaining right?



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

but this is ridiculous," he said. "I'm not going to sit across from [the Commissioner] unless they handcuff me. which is probably the next step anyway."
Prolly where he'll end up at some point anyway.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

I agree with player safety but this is a bit overboard.  The leauge recognizes that players these days are far faster and stronger than 20 years ago.  Also, the NFL see's firsthand what happens to these guys after retirement.    Roger had to make this call.  His hands were tied.  The video clearly shows a "SLIGHT" helmet to helmet contact.  I stress slight contact.   Roger has to enforce his rule EVERY time or it wont work.  Why 40K and not 20K?  You got me.   


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