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Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 3:10 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Everyone knows that Ravens-Steelers games are a different (read: more violent) brand of football and that was exactly the case on Sunday night, when Baltimore snuck out a win in Pittsburgh. Ray Lewis and Ryan Clark delivered the most notable hits of the evening -- Lewis knocked Hines Ward with a clear helmet-to-helmet hit but wasn't flagged, while Clark picked up a 15-yard penalty for a hit on Ed Dickson.

Tuesday, Ryan Wilson told you to expect fines for both guys, and on Wednesday, they came down from the league. Lewis was fined $20,000 for his hit on Ward and Clark was fined $40,000 by the NFL for his hit on Dickson. Clark is especially unhappy about it.

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"The hit wasn't malicious at all," Clark said, per Will Graves of the Associated Press. "i know how to knock somebody out if i want to knock them out. Am I supposed to let him catch it and then wait for him and hug him? Should I throw a pillow at him? Should I blow a whistle?"

And the Steelers safety had some choice words for Commissioner Roger Goodell as well.

"Somebody else needs to step in ... not that I respected Roger before this ... but this is ridiculous," Clark said. "I'm not going to sit across from [the Commissioner] unless they handcuff me. which is probably the next step anyway."

Lewis wasn't happy either, but had less aggressive words for the league office.

"Yeah, I heard from the league and like I said they fined me whatever they was going to fine me," Lewis said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. "The thing is you definitely respect them trying to protect player safety. At the same time, it won't change not one way I play this week no matter what the fine is. You can't stop playing defense the way defense has always been created to play. When the receiver has the ball, your job is to disengage him from the ball. You never want to hurt nobody.

"I've been in this business too long. I just think once you start getting into these fines I don't know how they come up with the numbers most of the time."

Well, actually, the NFL has a pretty standardized system for fines, though there is some confusion about the application. A fine for a hit on a defenseless player or impermissible use of a helmet (including illegal launching) is $20,000, which explains Lewis' fine.

And a repeat-offender fine is $40,000, which is why Clark, who's been targeted more than once by the NFL, got double what Lewis did, even though the safety claims the hit wasn't against league rules.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:56 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

You gotta be kidding me. Ray Lewis, once a murder suspect, knocks a guy out of the game, while Clark's hit which is perfect football and the player plays, but Clakr gets a bigger fine. This proves Goodell is an idiot, and needs to resign now. What a joke. Goodell is ruining football, and I am about done with spending money on this league if this blatant cheating against the Steelers is not stopped. Goodell has to be fired today. NFL Owners... the man is killing the league - are just going to set there and take it??????


Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:53 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Its gotten sad that you cant hit anyone anymore. Ryan Clark's hit was a solid clean hit & Im not a Steelers fan. Its gettign to the point where the game is going to be 2 hand touch. Roger Goddell has been a god awful commissioner

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:52 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Too many games are being decided by subjective calls made by officials. I sit in front of the TV every week in disbelief as an old zebra flags someone for a helmet-to-helmet hit when obviously the reciever lowered his head in anticipation of a blow. A younger pair of eyes can determine fairly easily if a defender launches himself at a player's helmet, or he is wrapping up the guy and the facemasks happen to be at the same level. These are fast, strong athletes and players will get hurt- but they are paid well for what they do, and it's a chance they take to be in the NFL. I don't see these types of penalties/fines in the arena leagues or the lingerie leagues, and hit just as hard. It's just the NFL protecting their investment...

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:52 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Thats completely unfair. Clark is a Steeler which automatically doubles the fine. Fine Clark $80K and Lewis $10K. Consistancy is the key Mr. Commish.

Since: Jul 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:49 pm

Ryan Clark fined $40K, Ray Lewis fined $20K

Well......between the lock out and the way the NFL suits are getting involved in every day playing, I don't have the interest in the NFL like I have in the past.  I didn't even renew my NFL Sunday Ticket this year.............

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