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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 4:00 pm

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

Nothing clouds my judgement... I call it like I see it. Goodell is a Patriot Fan, and for some reason favors the Ravens - must love Ray Ray. I know the APD does. Steelers are the singel greatest franchise in pro sports. It's without question. If the NFL Didn't have the Cheatriots or RayVEns, it would go on. Without teams like the Steelers and Packers, the NFL becomes the American League East. You idiots are so blind, you can't see it, you don't want to see it, and once you see it, you will dispute it because you are typical east coach morons, who think the world revolves around you. It doesn't, you live in a fake world. Much like the fake Super Bowl trophies the Pats have. The Ravens trophy followed the worst NFL Season ever, and no one cared about that game anyway. The main point is Roger Goodell is a moron. Pats & Ravens fans are pretty much pathetic losers who root for players like Tom CryBrady, Terrelll "Women Lover" Suggs and Atlanta Nite Life Lewis.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:54 pm

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

We all knew both would get fined. And the amount, as much as I disagree, are standard league policy. What I do not agree with is the inconsistencies of the referees. Am I blaming them for the Steeler loss, no, the Steelers incompentencies are to blame with not calling a timeout or passing on third down with Baltimore having only 1 timeout. But how is it that one play- Lewis on Ward- does not draw a flag, but the other-Clark on Dickson- gets flagged. And this is not the only case. I think the league needs to come up with a better plan if they are going to continue this practice. It has been 2 years in a row that the referees have not flagged Baltimore for helmet to helmet hits. Last year was a hit on Heath Miller that knocked him out of the game. They also do not call too many roughing the QB calls against the Ravens when they play the Steelers. How does the Quarterback get a broken nose as Ben did last year and not get a flag. And I know these are not the only teams that have this happen to. If the callls were consistent and flags fly every time there is helmet to helmet or attack of the head of a defenseless receiver, then all of us may accept it. But this inconsistent calling shows favoritism, maybe not intentional, but it does influence the game too much to be this bad. And for me, I suggest that we give up on these hits as long as the receiver can get up and walk away. If not, then the defensive player needs to sit as long as that player is out, even if it is for the whole game. Maybe then the players will attack properly instead of attacking the head.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:54 pm

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

Point proven with your incredible comeback. Your mom must be proud, and if you knew your dad, he would be as well. Ravens fans, the only less informed fans are  Bengal fans.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:53 pm

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

LOL Whenever the steelers get a bunch of calls in their favor and win the game, all you hear them saying to the opposing team's fans is, "Don't blame the refs. We beat you. Just deal with it".

Conversely, when they lose or get properly punished by the NFL, it's always, "The refs are cheating. They are biased against the Steelers ! Goodell is a joke ! He should be fired. He is out to get us"! LOL

I love it when the Steelers and their fringe fans get a tasteof their own medicine !

At least BlakNGold finally admitted he hates the Patriots. It's obvious in every post he has ever made regarding New England. And of course, it clouds his judgment and prevents him from ever being objective about anything.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:50 pm

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

Yee.  Not only was the Lewis hit not called a penalty, Hines' catch was reversed by instant replay and the only reason why he didn't hang onto it was  because he was out cold.  Double whammy!

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:48 pm

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

Keep holding but get rid off pass interference, thats a stupid thing to say. Someone must have really loved the XFL!!

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:46 pm

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

The only issue I have with the whole situation is that it's called inconsistently on the field.   You have the league saying that both hits were illegal.  Clark's fine is higher because he's a repeat offender, ok, whatever, I don't pay it so who cares.   However, one is called a penalty on the field, and the other is not.   In this game, the penalty on Clark led to 3pts in a tightly contested game.   If the Lewis hit, deemed illegal by the league, had been called, Pittsburgh has a 1st and goal (I think is was around the 5) with a good chance to get 7 instead of 3.  If the interpretation is so grey that you can't be consistent on the field, then it's a bad rule and should be tossed out.   It's a shame that a great game, with several big plays on both sides of the ball can be influenced by this kind of inconsistency.   Let the players decide the games.  The application of this rule is almost as absurd as the "a catch isn't a catch, except if a,b and c occur and it only happens in the end zone, and you are a Lion rule".

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:42 pm
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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:41 pm

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

You steeler fans are a bunch of cry babies. The power has changed in the AFC north and you want to bury your head in the sand.

@justdoit it's wishful thinking to say the power has changed in the AFC north. The Steelers are only 1 game back in the loss column and I doubt that the Ravens or Steelers will lose to the Bengals which will eliminate them from the race. Seeing how inconsistent the Ravens have been playing down to their competition I can see them losing at least 2 more games. The Steelers should run the table with 4 games with the Bengals and the Browns plus a bye coming up they should be able to get healthy, the only game that concerns me is the 49ers. Don't jump the gun there is a lot of football to be played. As far as the hits niether was malicious but both did have helmet to helmet contact, I think it's stupid especially this defensless reciever rule but it is what it is and the players have to adjust one way or the other, they can adjust their hitting or adjust to the fact they will be fined.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:40 pm

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

The new NFL sucks.  Both those hits were clean.  Both Lewis and Clark led with their shoulders.  Sure helmets hit, but that's completely unavoidable.  I'm OK with fining a player for launching his helmet at another, but in neither case did that happen.  The helmet contact was just a byproduct of a clean hit.  C'mon even you Steeler haters have to agree Clark's hit was a thing of beauty!!

This lame NFL isn't going to get any better, the only way it will is if we stop watching and paying money.  Sunday night's game was the first I watched, as it meant a lot for the winner/loser.  I live in CT and have been to every home Steeler playoff game since 1995.  I have vowed to never go again.  Won't make a dent in the pockets of Mr Goodell, but I'm sticking to my guns.

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