Yep, I'm sticking with what I said earlier ... Ryan's tweet was about Goodell and the CBA. And as a sidenote, at this very moment, Ryan is currently my all-time favorite Steeler.
LATROBE — Three weeks ago, it was James Harrison who ripped into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Now it’s Ryan Clark’s turn.
In the August editions of Men’s Journal magazine, Harrison, the Steelers’ star linebacker called Goodell a “crook” and a “devil.”
On Wednesday, Clark blasted Goodell for his role in disciplining players for personal conduct code violations and hits during games that the league deems as excessively flagrant.
“How often did you hear (former commissioner) Paul Tagliabue’s name throughout the season?” said Clark, the Steelers’ player rep. “I think (Goodell has) decided to make himself a major part of this game. I don’t know if he had some type of high school dreams or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player. But he’s made himself the NFL.
“He is the most popular — or infamous — commissioner in sports right now. Maybe that’s what he wanted to be.”
Friday before the Steelers’ first camp practice, Harrison apologized for his remarks about Goodell.
Clark ripped into Goodell on Wednesday as he discussed the new collective bargaining agreement between owners and players which players have yet to ratify.
“A big issue for us is Roger Goodell having absolute control over the fines system, judge, jury and appeals,” Clark said. “For a lot of teams, it wouldn’t be as big a deal, but for us it is. We’re the team that gets fined the most and we play a brand of football that sometimes subjects us to his opinion.”
Clark is so emotional about the issue that he and Joe Bendel, a Pittsburgh radio talk show host, nearly came to blows Wednesday outside the St. Vincent College dining hall where the media conduct most of its interviews during camp.
Clark obviously didn’t like the line of Bendl’s questioning on the matter and the two had to be separated by a member of the Steelers’ communications department.