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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:28 am
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:20 am
 

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

Goodell needs to be Paternoed!



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:17 am
 

If you watch the replay..

Dickson ducked his head before the hit by Clark.  Goodell is an idiot if he is trying to always hold defensive players responsible for the contact.  It is a split second type thing.

Also no flag on the hit on Antonio Brown....guess Emperor Goodell instructed his minions to never allow Pittsburgh to benefit from the rule.  .....breaking Ben's nose last season...and the hit Miller that knocked him out for 2 games...no flags.  And not a mention from that piece of s  Goodell...Need I say more.

Forget Jo Pa....someone needs to dig up a scandal on Goodell to get that moron out of there.  Sure he has eyed some young boys or skirts...looks like a shifty cocky bastard.  Talk about cronyism he is the worst example.  ...not the most capable...he has been at the NFL since he was an intern...never held another job.   Nice work if you can get it, too bad the rest of us can't.
I would knock Goodell out if I saw him on the street for putting his personal views above the game.



Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:14 am
 

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

Officiating in the NFL is too inconsistent but you all act like this is the only game this season that has had poor officiating. News flash...it is in every game.

You guys are missing the bigger problem. The NFL will fine these players today for these hits then turn around in a few years and be selling videos with the most vicious hits in the NFL. They don't care about you, your teams, or your favorite players. To them it's all about the money!!!




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:04 am
 

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

Watched the game at the time I thought it was a rediculos call.  After a few days, I still think it's a rediculos call. What do they expect players to do stop in maid air while trying to make a hit because the receiver puts "himself" in a defenseless position?  This whole hitting a defenseless receiver and roughing the passer flags are gettting way out of control.  Perfect example was the Eagles game on Monday Night. Jason Babin hit Jay Cutler with his back because the Offensive lineman pushed him from behind and into Cutler. The result after a 3rd down stop was a game changing TD.  I see more vicius hits in the Lingerie League that dont get called for fouls than the NFL.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:52 am
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:28 am
 

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

The tuck rule is an actual rule in the NFL rule book. It was there long before Tom Brady became a Patriot. Furthermore, the tuck rule was called multiple times during that season including the Raiders/Patriots playoff game. It was not created just for Tom Brady and the Patriots benefit. Just the facts ma'am Good to know you know what you're talking about. NOT. Go Patriots


brian8ball
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Posted on: November 10, 2011 3:05 am
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Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:47 am
 

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

Where can I find the fines for offside and catching a ball out of bounds?


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:38 am
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