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Ryan Clark Unhappy About Mike Tomlin's Punishment


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:




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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  • Craig

    He’s the team rep for the NFLPA – when would he EVER agree with a punishment handed down by the league, Goodell or no Goodell?

  • Rick Aucoin

    Myself, I love Clark. Hard hitting as hell, tough as nails, anyone would can come back from loosing a spleen in Denver to not only play again but start has my respect.
    And the Steelers have a tradition of mouthy brash safeties. I STILL miss Lee Flowers, he was AWESOME for us.
    For every soft spoken and understated Carnell Lake and Troy Polamalu with us, there is the guy on the other side of the field, the guy who talks and takes on the job of being in the spotlight, giving the hilarous and sometimes-troublesome quote. Guys like Lee Flowers, guys like Ryan Clark.
    They could back up their talk so I never held it against them as “attention whoring” or trying to hog the limelight. And it let their partner’s in the defensive backfield avoid the spotlight. Guys like Lake and Polamalu don’t WANT the media asking them questions.
    I was really sad when Lee Flowers was let go. I’ll be sad to see Ryan Clark’s last game with us too. Both of them were/are true Steelers just like the quiet understated guys are.