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Old 02-24-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Ryan Clark: Rooney wanted the N-word out of our locker room

Ryan Clark: Rooney wanted the N-word out of our locker room

Posted by Michael David Smith on February 23, 2014



The NFL is considering throwing penalty flags on players who use the N-word on the field. At least one team owner is also telling players he doesn’t want them using the N-word at the team facility.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on ESPN on Sunday that Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney made it known last season that he didn’t want to hear the N-word in the locker room, either spoken by members of the team or in music played in the locker room.

“Mr. Rooney actually talked to Ike Taylor about it this season. Ike and Mr. Rooney have a very good relationship,” Clark said. “He told Ike, ‘I don’t want you guys using that word.’”

Although in some cases it might not seem like a white man’s place to tell a mostly black group of men not to use the N-word, Clark said that there’s so much respect among the players for Rooney, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland whose commitment to diversity is reflected in the Rooney Rule that bears his name, that Clark said the black players on the team were willing to comply.

“Ike went around to specific people and said, ‘Listen, this is what Mr. Rooney told me.’ He’s the ambassador. We call him Old Man Rooney. He has a lot of respect, and because of the way he has treated us as players, as black athletes, also treated Coach Tomlin as a black coach, you know it’s coming from a place of love,” Clark said.

However, Clark said that while players initially respected Rooney’s request, it didn’t last.

“You stopped hearing it immediately that day,” Clark said. “But after a while it came back because it’s the culture. After a while it comes back because this is what these guys have grown up with.”

If the NFL is serious about stopping players from using the N-word, the league may find exactly what Clark described: It sounds like a good idea in theory, but it’s easier said than done.

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Old 02-24-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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Will Ryan Clark ever shut up?
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Will Ryan Clark ever shut up?
Compared to his usual offseason banter he's been very well-spoken this offseason for a change. The "I know teammates who smoke weed" comment notwithstanding, his publicized comments on this and the homosexuality/Michael Sam issue have been very intelligent and insightful..
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hahahahahhahaha, classic. So true.
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Not if he wants to get paid by ESPN

He was brought on the Outside The Lines show Sunday night when he made the comments about Mr. Rooney, which I think reflect very well on Mr. Rooney, and was back on ESPN to discuss the issue on Monday

He has impressed someone at ESPN by getting this much airtime.
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Not if he wants to get paid by ESPN

He was brought on the Outside The Lines show Sunday night when he made the comments about Mr. Rooney, which I think reflect very well on Mr. Rooney, and was back on ESPN to discuss the issue on Monday

He has impressed someone at ESPN by getting this much airtime.
All the talking heads at ESPN have showered Ryan Clark with praise - he has had a ton of experience on TV throughout his playing career and it is paying off for him

All have said similar things - basically, he has had almost no learning curve as he transitions out of the game onto the set.

This wont be the last or the worst things you've heard from Ryan Clark. I'm sure the Rooneys already talked him with and understand that talking about some of the inner workings of the Steelers is his new livelihood and nothing is personal. Now, if he starts bashing the Rooneys directly, that is another story - but that isn't happening

I wish he would shut up too, simply because he will always be a Steeler and I'd like to think they're all above the talking heads. But, if HOFers can turn into talking heads, so can Ryan Clark.
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Even right now, before he retires, I think he's some kind of players' rep. I think this is why espn goes to him for a lot of issues.
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I wish he would shut up too, simply because he will always be a Steeler and I'd like to think they're all above the talking heads. But, if HOFers can turn into talking heads, so can Ryan Clark.
exactly.

what i dont get is how some grown men steelerfans cyberdrop to their knees sobbing and weeping everytime ryan clark speaks up about a subject as if he has stomped on and snuffed out an 8 year old girls dreams and visions of santa clause and the tooth fairy.

some steelerfans are such sensitive sallys.

meanwhile ryan clark will be writing his own ticket at the world wide leader of sports' network, the second he hangs up the cleats.

just about every network (and the fans) absolutely loves former steelers, for the most part because they arent a bunch of idiotic dumbass douchebags.
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Ryan Clark Says Will Be Tough For League To Police Use Of “N-Word”

February 25th, 2014 Matt Loede

As the NFL’s competition committee soon considers a rule that would penalize players for using the N-word on the field, one veteran believes it will be difficult for the league to police the use of the racial slur, ESPN reports.

“I think it’s going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark told ESPN’s Bob Ley during an “Outside The Lines” special report.

“And it’s not going to be white players using it toward black players. Most of the time you hear it, it’s black players using the word.”

OTL examined the use of the N-word across generations and the black and white cultures, and tapped into the ongoing controversy in Miami.

Last week investigator Ted Wells, who was hired by the league to examine the Dolphins’ workplace environment, concluded that offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was subjected to “a pattern of harassment” that included racial slurs from teammate Richie Incognito.

While some portrayed the Dolphins’ locker room as unmanaged and lacking leadership, Clark by comparison said the Steelers’ locker room is a place of mutual respect and even restraint, where team owner Dan Rooney even has tried to discourage the playing of rap music.

“He told [teammate Ike Taylor], I don’t want you guys listening to that music. I don’t want you guys using that word,” Clark recounted.

“And his reason behind it was that people fought against people using that word. People felt like that word was demeaning. There were terrible acts done by men using that word and by people using that word.”

Clark said that Taylor had the music shut off because of Rooney.

“Guys accepted it. It wasn’t like that you stopped hearing the music totally. You stopped hearing it that day,” Clark said. “But it came back. That’s the culture. That’s what these guys have grown up with.”

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This is all about the next gimmick which will be the networks having audio access to the whole field and everyone being "miked up".
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