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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: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:14 pm

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

What a stupid fine on clark... honestly how is a defender supposed to tacked a reciever who ducks his head?

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:04 pm
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Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:58 pm

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

If the NFL wants to stop helmet to helmet hits, the only answer is to get rid of helmets.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:50 pm

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

I'm alright with the defensive players being fined for helmet to helmet contact, if the receivers are fined for ducking their heads creating the NEW point of contact.  No one can react that quickly to refrain from helmet to helmet.

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:09 pm

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

In a couple years the NFL will be two hand touch. Was it Rodger Goodell's job to ruin the NFL? If it was he is doing a splendid job.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:53 pm

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

Fines for rough plays are considered ridiculous by me. I mean, penalties already hurt your team enough. When you commit a fifteen yard unneccessary roughness, almost your whole sideline is steaming mad at you. That's already bad enough for you to go through. Cash penalties added to that is ridiculous.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:40 pm

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

Go back to leather helmets or the helmets hockey players use.  This will take away the motivation to use a helmet to disrupt the play.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:36 pm

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


Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:30 pm

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

Why you could use a knive and cut off a head and as long as flag not thrown
then its ok? Even after review no flag on play. Guy now dead no penalty.
Doesn't count till after the game. WTF???  dumber and dumber bull crap.
Gee who would have really won? Next some nut will get paid to due just that
to a QB!!!!   UH OOO but its the QB  LOL THAT'S WHAT YOU ALL GET for this
dumb crapola. 

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:30 pm

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

What was Ray Lewis' fine for his role in a murder?  Really?  I can't remember.

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