Tag:Desmond Clark
Posted on: February 25, 2011 7:54 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 1:47 am

Desmond Clark has Fla. property seized (UPDATED)

D. Clark's rental home in Lakeland, Fla. (Bay News 9) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (9:15 p.m.):
Here is Clark's response, via text message to the Chicago Sun Times:

"People know who I am and what I stand for and if the city wants to play hardball because I had bad tenants, then that's fine. I've been trying to help them help me for the last year and a half to get the bad tenants out.

"Does any(one) think I want that going on in one of my many rental properties?


According to Bay News 9, a home owned by Bears TE Desmond Clark has been seized by Lakeland, Fla., police, because known prostitutes and drug dealers frequently were spotted spending time there.

"This has been a thorn in our side, I want to say for at least four years," officer Adrian Rodriguez told the TV station.

Rodriguez said he and Clark have had phone conversations and that Clark agreed that the property is a problem.

But on Jan. 15, after seeing no progress, the City’s Nuisance Abatement Board decided to shutter up the rental property, meaning Clark and his landlord brother, Ralph Wilson, lose ownership rights for a year.

Here’s hoping Clark isn’t counting on those rental fees in lieu of a lockout. Because he’s not going to be making any money on it for 2011.

Photo courtesy of Bay News 9

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 22, 2010 1:12 pm

Bears miss their long snapper

D. Clark is shown here doing what he does best. Not long snapping (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you were watching the Bears-Raiders game Saturday night, you might have noticed how bad Chicago’s long snapper performed. Well, there’s a reason for that. The long snapper isn’t a long snapper by trade.

Instead it was TE Desmond Clark snapping the ball on punts and field goals, filling in for the injured Patrick Mannelly, who suffered a neck stinger last week against San Diego. His first two snaps were bad – an extra point and a punt – and then he bounced another one to holder Brad Maynard on a 38-yard field goal attempt. In the end, kicker Robbie Gould had to field the ball and throw it toward the sidelines, which earned him an intentional grounding penalty.

After that snap, Clark shook his head like he couldn’t believe how bad he was snapping. Well, if he’s not a long-snapper, you have to cut the guy some slack.

Of course, this leads to a question posed by the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs: since Mannelly didn’t practice all week and the Bears knew he wouldn’t play, why wouldn’t they sign a free agent long snapper to take his place? Why throw the veteran tight end into the mix? Why put your holder, kicker and/or punter in jeopardy of having to field a punt against a rush?

Biggs investigates:

The alternative would have been for the Bears to release the 80th player on the roster and sign a long snapper this week for the game so they could be prepared for the game. It would have given special teams coordinator Dave Toub an opportunity to evaluate a street free agent in the event an emergency arises.

"That's not for me to decide," Maynard said. "We were comfortable with Dez and obviously they made the decision to go with him. I would be comfortable going with him next week. I think it's a learning experience for him."

The upside, of course, is that if Mannelly is injured in a regular-season game and cannot continue, Clark now has live game experience, even if it's preseason action.

"For me tonight, in the first couple snaps I just had to trust my technique and not try to be perfect," Clark said. "I was just trying to do everything absolutely perfect instead of just doing what I have been doing for the last six years.

"If I had to go in there again, I would put money on myself that the job would get done."

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