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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: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:10 pm

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

Oh ya, I forgot, this is not football anymore. I mean, as soon as a receiver goes downfield and a corner puts his hands up or if the corner puts his on the receiver, pass interference is called. Better yet, it's past five yards, I can't touch him anymore.

This is truly shameful, pathetic and embarrassing. Referees are dictating the outcome of games. This has to stop. Some of these referees deserve a slap across the face once in a while. Whatever happened to the referee motto "We hope to never get noticed?" You lay a good hit on someone, the player all of a sudden becomes defenseless.

News flash, this is football. I played the game. Anyone who has actually played the game will understand why.

I think even Cris Collinsworth(the softest receiver to ever play the game) said it during the the Sunday night telecast. He stated, "I think these two teams want to play the game without referees. 

Yes, I know what I stated has no bearings on the fines but referees are inevitably being given way too much power.  

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:56 pm

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

Ray Lewis gets fined... For What? That was a perfect hit. He knocked the smile off Hines Wards pathetic face. They always said they wanted to knock the smile off his face.

That was a football hit, nothing wrong with it, keep it up Ray Lewis. Hines Ward did it to Keith Rivers, time for a pay back.

And to think, Terrell Suggs was begging Ward to play in his interview on NFL Network. "Please 86, we need you to play"

Yes Suggs, so Lewis can knock him out.  

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:41 pm

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

And no flag doesn't always mean no fine. And sometimes there's no flag or fine...see Troy Polamalu/Wes Welker a few weeks ago.

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:41 pm

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

Clark deserves the fine. There is no reason to launch yourself into (and blindside) a defenseless player like that. You can just as easily wrap him up at the waist/legs. He did that two years ago, while playing the Ravens, on a pass to McGahee. I thought McGahee was dead when I first saw it. He was flat on his back with his arms/hands locked in a catching position. 

I agree that the NFL is getting a little too soft and I understand your goal is to win, but shots like these are clearly unnecessary. Possibly stopping 6 points isn't worth someone's life.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:38 pm

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

Get rid of helmets? Brilliant idea! Idiot. Maybe if Ryan Clark keeps his head up, like the way he was taught, he wouldn't have gotten fined.. Go Patriots

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:28 pm
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Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:58 pm

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

I think the big question is more on the officiating than the fine. The fine is going to come but where was the flag? That changes the game. It did for the Ravens. They got a first down instead of an incompletion. Pittsburgh got an incompletion. How about two pass interference calls in the endzone? Then they show Cotchery getting mugged right in front of the ref and no call. It's becoming habitual. That's the problem I have. I want to think the NFL is above this but I'm starting to question the integrity of the league.

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:43 pm

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

If your crying about losing to us twice then when Cincy beats you then yall will commit suicide!
I didn't know part owners for NFL teams hung out on the CBS message boards.  

You can't lump a few comments from posters into Steelers Fans, and if you can't see that the call on Ryan Clark was a horrible one, then you need to take your rose-colored-homer glasses off because they've blinded you.  It was a horrible call, but not the reason for the Steelers losing.  They lost because the Ravens were the better team.  Don't be such a sore winner.  Show some class you clown.
The Steelers lost twice to Baltimore, yes, but I am sure you don't want to see these two teams meet in the play-offs.  I don't care if the game is in Baltimore.  Flip a coin.  Either team can win, and you know it.  Go over to the Steelers main board and you'll see how much respect is given to the Ravens.

Sometimes I wonder how posters like yourself have been graced with the W next to your alias.  It obviously has nothing to do with the quality of your posts. 

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:29 pm

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

Sorry for all the typos. At work and rushing to get that out.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:29 pm

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

Saw spmepne already say if they wannna eliminate helmet to helmet hits then eliminate helmets all together. Even better yet there should be fines every week for every RB in the NFL when they go up the middle and put their head down. Leading with their helmets, is it not Mr. GODell?

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