As most of you already know, I am not Ryan Clark’s biggest fan.
While I have never been much of a supporter of one of the league’s most overrated safeties and his media-whore mentality, I will say that I found his recent comments regarding Mike Tomlin’s $100,000 fine to be quite hilarious:
Ryan Clark on Tomlin fine: "It's not supposed to be fair. Roger Goodell, since when has he been fair?" #Steelers
— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) December 4, 2013
Ryan Clak on if NFL further punishes Steelers for Tomlin incident by takig away draft picks: "That would be stupid.”
— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_ESPN) December 4, 2013
These comments from the veteran safety, who has never been much of a fan of the NFL’s brass for fining him (justly or not) for his ferocious hits on the field, come as no shock to this co-editor. Clark has had enough of the league’s inconsistent nature when it has come to handing out fines and doling out punishments in recent seasons. Thus, I can totally respect and understand his view on Tomlin’s punishment.
To be fair to those in the league office however, I actually have no issue with the league fining Tomlin in the six-figure range. Pittsburgh’s head coach broke a rule, obstructed a player on the field, and deserved to be fined exactly what the New York Jets were in the aftermath of the Sal Alosi episode back in 2010.
On the other hand, I totally agree with Clark’s notion that it is “stupid” for the league to take draft picks away for an act perpetrated solely by Tomlin. I know I didn’t see Roger Goodell or Ray Anderson threatening to take away draft choices from the Jets after Alosi’s trip-job.
For those of you who don’t remember, the league actually didn’t even discipline Alosi back in 2010. They disciplined the franchise instead of the special teams coach!
Of course, leave it to Goodell and the rest of the league’s brass to exercise their power in an inconsistent manner without much rhyme or reason. I just hope that Clark is not fined for stating the obvious and besmirching the douche-canoes who are in charge of the sham known as the NFL.
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