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mesaSteeler
11-03-2011, 07:01 PM
Steelers' Clark accepts fine for late hit
Thursday, November 03, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Here's a new twist to an old story: Another Steelers player was fined this week, and not only did he agree with the fine, he believes the NFL is doing the right thing.

That player also happens to be safety Ryan Clark, who in the past has been an outspoken critic of fines levied on the Steelers by the NFL. Clark, the team's representative to the NFL Players Association, was fined $15,000 for a hit out of bounds on New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

"It's part of the rules, though, man," Clark said today. "If you get a personal foul, they've been fining for that. I have to be smarter in that sense and not put myself in that position."

Clark joins many other teammates who have been fined this season for various infractions, including Chris Kemoeatu who had a double-whammy the week before for two penalties, a personal foul and hands to the face that cost him $25,000. Kemoeatu also was caught for another foul for hands to the face against the Patriots, but he was not fined for that, perhaps because he said he pulled off this time.

"You have to understand that if they see something that they feel is outside the rules, you're going to get a fine for it," Clark said. "That's just the way the game is going. They're really setting high standards for fair play, and they're also setting high standards for player safety. That's something that we as players want to implement.

"They're being pro-active in that approach so we have to find ways to make sure we play within those guidelines."
First published on November 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11307/1187279-100.stm#ixzz1cgqmHYL1

jjpro11
11-03-2011, 07:04 PM
dumb penalty by Clark.. but damn.. he can still hit as hard as anyone. he had a couple real nice ones against the Pats.

tanda10506
11-03-2011, 08:47 PM
They are setting low standards for game quality. I can't see Clark actually thinking like that. Maybe on his specific play he feels he messed up and welcomes it, but I would bet a lot on Clark not meaning any of that rubbish about player safety and fines in general.

JustinM
11-03-2011, 10:59 PM
Clark is definitely a good spokesperson. I love him already for being the single most badass big-hitter on our defense for being such a small guy, but when you add on top of that his apparent good sportsmanship it puts him over the top!