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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: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:45 pm

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

You Steeler fans have a lot of confidence after being sweept. Meet 3 times you might not even make the playoffs and when the Bengals beat you this sunday that will prove my point go RAVENS! 

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:39 pm

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

Regardless of who is being fined, Goodell sucks. You go Ryan Clark!  The Ravens and Steelers will meet again in the playoffs and it's unlikely the Ravens will beat them 3x in one season.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:36 pm

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

MESSAGE TO THE COMMISSIONER-  You are just about to lose me and all my rowdy friends if this kind of hypocrisy continues to be propagated.  I don't wear a referee jersey to the sportsbar on Sunday mornings.  I wear a Ray Lewis jersey.  Please don't discredit and undermine 100 years of pure American sport.

P.S. If a WR is concerned about his future health issues, he can go work in the mail room at Morgan Stanley. 

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:21 pm

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

He's probably doing fine since he has WORKEd the Ravens for three years. I mean, even little brother will step up once inawhile. How is murdere lewis doing? They better enjoy that win because Flacco really does suck, and will prove again how much he sucks when he gets beat in the playoffs. It amuses me how much the Ravens try to be the Steelers. We own the Ravens, like Woodley said. Enjoy the victory- ratbirds, it'll be your only one!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:20 pm

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

Listen, Ryan Clark may or may not have deserved to be fined for the hit but for once will this guy shut his mouth and make a play??  How about getting there before the ball arives and making a play on the ball instead of just making the big hit after a 20 yard catch Ryan??

This guy is probably the biggest talker on the Steelers and probably one or near the worst players on that starting defensive unit.

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:16 pm

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

"Steelers are the singel greatest franchise in pro sports. It's without question."

This is one of the most moronic things I've ever read.  First of all, it's "single."  Second of all, there are plenty of questions about the greatest, as many pro franchises could claim that: Celtics, Lakers, 49ers, Cowboys, Yankees, Red Wings, etc.  Let's activate the brain filter, shall we?

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:15 pm

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

It has been extremely difficult to watch games this year. It seems every year there are more penalties and less football being is played. These are grown men making the decision to play a violent game. In this case they are playing for millions of dollars. Let them pound heads if that's what they want. I guess this is America though so big brother needs to protect the ignorant. Don't forget to buckle up, it's the law.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:13 pm

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

The Ravens and the Steelers both have easier schedules the rest of the way in, don't they (though i guess the Ravens do have a game against the Chargers yet)? But given their schedules and the current standings, Baltimore has the leg up on the division.

However, I wouldn't be so certain that the Bengals will get swept by both teams. Their defense is strong again this year and these games are always tough. Andy Dalton hasn't seen such tough defenses yet as the Steelers or Ravens, but he has been very solid thus far and doesn't make many big mistakes. There was only one game when he hasn't been able to rectify those big mistakes as well (against SF). It's hard to shake this kid. And AJ Green just gained 83 yards in a game where he saw lots of double coverages. If the Bengals front four can hold the line, these games are a toss up...every single one. As in all these AFC North battles, it will be a game won or lost in the trenches. As you said, there is a lot of football to be played and I'm looking foward to it. My optimistic prediction is that the Bengals finish 11-5 on the year after a win against Steelers, Ravens, Browns, Cardinals and @Rams, and losses @Steelers, against Houston, and @Baltimore. That should put three AFC North teams in the playoffs! We shall see.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:09 pm

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

Steelers are the singel greatest franchise in pro sports. It's without question


i assume you are a fan of them as well and should know their history.  

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:01 pm

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

Murderer Lewis fine was what, half?

So how is RAPEthlisberger doing after getting beat twice in 2 months by the team the Owns his A$$?
Plus, you Really should stop all this Crying like a little girl, you just got Beat By A Better Team...
If I were you I would Start Getting Use To It...

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