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Ryan Clark says he’s not aware of any bounties, anywhere

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Steelers safety Ryan Clark says he has never heard of any bounties being paid for injuring opposing players, anywhere he’s been — including during his two seasons playing for Gregg Williams in Washington.

Clark played for the Giants in 2002 and 2003, then played for Williams with the Redskins in 2004 and 2005 before signing with the Steelers in 2006. Now that Williams has admitted paying bounties to players in New Orleans (and stands accused of doing the same in Washington) Clark is saying he never saw any indication of that.

“I have never in my career, at the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins nor the Pittsburgh Steelers ever had a defensive coach come in a meeting, single out a guy and say, ‘If you knock out this guy we will give you a certain amount of money for it.’ Whether it was my head coach Joe Gibbs, whether it was Gregg Williams, I was never, ever approached to take a guy out,” Clark said on ESPN.

If he had been approached about such a thing, Clark says, he would have spoken out against it. Clark has a different take than Charles Barkley, who thinks that whoever reported Williams is a punk and a snitch. In Clark’s view, reporting a coach who was running a bounty system would be the right thing to do.

“If these things are going on, you speak up while they’re happening,” Clark said. “If you’re in a meeting and a coach comes in and says, ‘Hey, No. 16, whoever he is, if you knock him out of the game we’re going to pay you x amount of dollars.’ Then you blow the whistle then and say, ‘Look, I’m not going to be a part of this. If we continue to do this, I will report it.’ To me, that’s making a statement, that’s making a stand and that’s being loyal to all the players in this league.”

But Clark has never blown the whistle, because he says it has never happened in his presence.

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42 Responses to “Ryan Clark says he’s not aware of any bounties, anywhere”
  1. discosucs2005 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:55 PM

    I think Clark is alluding to something that’s been missed so far. The players who participated in the bounty scheme have proved to be horrible disloyal to their fellow players. While suspensions, and fines are sure to come, I think the loss of respect from other NFL players is going to prove to be the ultimate punishment, and quite possibly career killer, to the players, and possible managers, who have been involved in this scandal.

  2. mpayne12 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:55 PM

    All this bounty talk is starting to remind me of the brett farve retirement media circus… enough already!

  3. greggfletch1 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    “I have never in my career, at the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins nor the Pittsburgh Steelers ever had a defensive coach come in a meeting, single out a guy and say, ‘If you knock out this guy we will give you a certain amount of money

    No he wouldnt single out a guy. IT would be a team meeting.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    “But Clark has never blown the whistle, because he says it has never happened in his presence.

    No actually what he said was, “… had a defensive coach come in a meeting, single out a guy and say, ‘If you knock out this guy we will give you a certain amount of money for it.’

    He didn’t say there weren’t general bounties. Could be splitting hairs. I’m not sure the charge is they pointed out certain players, it was just in general.

  5. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 5, 2012 2:59 PM

    Thats what happens when the legendary Dick LeBeau is running things. Top-3 defense every year and no need to pay extra for hard hits.

    In a tweet yesterday from Clark to LaMarr Woodley:

    All day. Anything my brothers need! RT @LaMarrWoodley: @RealRClark25 trust me RC the whole world kno u will do it for free #SteelerNation

  6. mdc21787 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:59 PM

    ryan clarks left arm is way bigger than his right

  7. gmen1987 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:59 PM

    What a liar. The NFL is filled with criminal element types. This is why the people’s Commissioner Roger Goodell is cracking down on the criminal elements.

  8. geezohman says: Mar 5, 2012 3:01 PM

    they probably weren’t asking the CBs to join the ‘on the side’ betting game… how much does this even ‘weigh’… Not like he’s a “ray lewis’ type.

    Will be interesting though, where the money trail leads… to Washington? to the IRS?

    Dungy is saying the Skins had a bouty on Peyton

  9. rodgers419 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:01 PM

    Ryan Clark doesn’t need bonus payments to knock out opposing players.

  10. wryly1 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:01 PM

    Um Ryan.. it’s already known this took place. The people doing it have already come clean with the league about it.

  11. abr173rd says: Mar 5, 2012 3:02 PM

    ummm yeah….. There to much evidence against Ryan Clarks statement and this point in regards to the Redskins and so called “bountys”. Sounds like a guy who stuck his foot in his mouth with his earlier tweets.

  12. nineroutsider says: Mar 5, 2012 3:03 PM

    Love it…first number that popped into his head was #16, as in Joe Montana, #16.

    As a player, I would think you wouldn’t like such a program (for sacks, fumbles, picks yes but for injuries no); injuries cost everyone money…you want to make people afraid of you, but not seriously injure them or yourself. They guys do have respect for each other and think of each other as brothers in arms to a certain extent.

    Remember when Scott Cousins cried after he broke Buster Posey’s leg (yes a baseball reference)? They want their opponent to fear and respect them, but they don’t want to seriously hurt them, cost them money, or end their careers.

    That’s why I think the Saints players involved in this should be hung by their short hairs as well; they violated an unwritten code.

    They should have to field an arena league defense for at least a game next year, maybe more.

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 5, 2012 3:04 PM

    Let me introduce you to James Farriors successor as the defensive leader of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  14. macklinr61 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:06 PM

    Kudos to Ryan Clark for making a stand to be loyal to all the players in the league. Calling out a coach is doing the right thing.

  15. bleed4philly says: Mar 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    I’m more interested in reading the comments that the actual article itself. Good stuff fellas.

  16. dino2997 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    And we care what Ryan Clark thinks because….?

  17. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:07 PM

    Has Ryan Clark been living under a rock this whole time?

  18. marcinhouston says: Mar 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    When Clark was in Washington Williams would not single out a person, he would just say the bounty is $1,000 to knock out the QB. Or else he would say there is a bounty on a ‘real hard tackle’ on a certain player if he needed to specify. If Romo got hurt and Kitna came in and you knocked out Kitna, that was just as good. If he wanted a hit on TO he would say we need to set an example by making TO feel a real tackle. So everything Clark said is technically true. Perfectly legal since it did not single anyone out for injury. Seriously, does anyone expect all players to admit to possible complicity in violations? Why is it news that some players deny knowledge of something that could be embarrassing or penalized?

  19. wtfchiefs says: Mar 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    Rigggghhhht. This is the same guy that tweeted this right?

    Whoever is snitching on the Saints D should be ashamed of themselves. No one was talking about the “bounty” when they got paid. #shame! — ryan clark

    Pretty sure he’s not gonna tell anyone the truth.

  20. jessethegreat says: Mar 5, 2012 3:12 PM

    You know you’ve messed up pretty bad when even the Steelers Defense is looking down at you.

    All kidding aside, Pitt has a Defense other teams should look up to in how they play D.

  21. cyraider says: Mar 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    Ryan Clark should probably be paid to not lead with his head every third tackle and knock himself out of games.

  22. mgm36 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    Does Clark know that gregg williams has already admitted to the bounties and apologized?

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    This coming from a player who’s team got to the Superbowl by taking out the knee of Carson Palmer in the playoffs a few years ago.

    uh huh.

  24. rgwhodey says: Mar 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    He doesn’t know about them with the Stealers because he came to that team after the 05 season, I.E. Kimo on Palmer

  25. CJ says: Mar 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    “Ryan Clark says he’s not aware of any bounties, anywhere”

    Umm……….false. “Ryan Clark says he’s not aware of any bounties RUN BY COACHES, anywhere”

    Fixed.

    Now whether that actually makes a difference or not is up course up for discussion. Just becuase he made that distinction doesn’t necessarily mean he did it on purpose and is aware of player-run bounties. I have no idea how you misheard that, it’s a pretty big difference.

  26. bigdan7885 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    Marathon of classic games on NFL Network today. They were supposed to show a replay of the Saints/Vikings NFC Championship game but all this bounty business has ruined that.

  27. raqaiw says: Mar 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    Ryan Clark is also not aware of where D. Thomas is,where his safety help is,or where the football is when Tebow is throwing.

  28. rockthered1286 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:53 PM

    It’s an article about Clark’s opinion not about how great the Squealer D is. Relax boys. Spend less time in the media and more time trying to figure out how to fix your abysmal inability to get a turnover last year. Oh, and maybe a solution for Torrey Smith? Yea… good luck with that.

  29. broncosfan29 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:00 PM

    raqaiw says:
    Mar 5, 2012 3:34 PM
    Ryan Clark is also not aware of where D. Thomas is,where his safety help is,or where the football is when Tebow is throwing.

    RYAN CLARK WASN’T PLAYING IN THAT GAME

  30. broncosfan29 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:01 PM

    why is everyone talking about how great the steelers defense is? I bet james harrison is involved in a bounty. smh.

  31. epicfailflacco says: Mar 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    He wouldn’t be aware of any of that since he had been sidelined by his head coach due to his sickle cell disease…genius!!!

  32. pskotte says: Mar 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    I guess this means that all the dirty shots by the Steelers were not paid for. What a relief.

  33. kravenm3 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:11 PM

    raqaiw says: Mar 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    Ryan Clark is also not aware of where D. Thomas is,where his safety help is,or where the football is when Tebow is throwing.
    —————————————————————
    A few things here.

    Clark didn’t play in that game against the Broncos because of the altitude in Denver and his sickle cell trait.

    Clark plays Free Safety. Safeties don’t get safety help…they give it.

    Lastly…that was probably the most accurate throw I have ever seen Tebow make. Ike got torched in man coverage on that play…nothing to do with the safety.

  34. riderspantherssk says: Mar 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    Ryan Clark also assumes that the whole world operates on prison rules.

  35. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 5, 2012 4:34 PM

    Here is my opinion on what Ryan Clark said regardless of anything else, this is coming from a Ravens fan so let’s not claim I am a “Steelers Homer” I hate that team and Clark.

    However, I do think it is refreshing to hear a player speak out about against the idea of a bounty program. It is wrong to purposfully intend to injure someone, it is disrespectfull toward the other players, this in my opinion is what Clark was trying to get accross. No matter if it were true or not its good to hear that he would speak about against something like this in his locker room. Bottom line is that paying someone to hurt or injure another human being on purpose is disgusting and dispicable.

    His comments:
    Whoever is snitching on the Saints D should be ashamed of themselves. No one was talking about the “bounty” when they got paid. #shame! — ryan clark

    In my opinion there is nothing wrong with this, I agree wtih Clark 100% that bounty programs are wrong and that someone should have spoken up against them. That being said, anyone who participates in the program and then runs to the media to talk about it is low. A person who doesn’t have the {Explative removed} to say something in the locker room should be ashamed of themselves when they go an blwot he whistle to the media. His point was that he would have to snitch because he would have spoken out prior.

    We will never know how honest or truthfull his comments are but at least give him credit for sayin the right things.

    @ raqaiw

    Did you forget that Ryan Clark wasn’t playing in the Pitt/Dever playoff game?

  36. musicman495 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    mgm36 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    Does Clark know that gregg williams has already admitted to the bounties and apologized?
    ———————————————
    Read the apology. It is for “Pay for Play,” not for intentional injuries.

  37. dacapt704 says: Mar 5, 2012 5:04 PM

    Suddenly Ryan Clark has integrity? The guy who cant make a tackle without lowering the crown of his helmet and spearing?? Yeah ok…shut up clown!

  38. mmmpierogi says: Mar 5, 2012 5:17 PM

    rgwhodey says: Mar 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    He doesn’t know about them with the Stealers because he came to that team after the 05 season, I.E. Kimo on Palmer

    ***************************************************

    Right – because football players *only* get injured this day and age because there are bounties on them. This is especially the case when footage shows that the guy involved (Kimo von Oelhoffen, Palmer’s ex-teammate, coincidentally) came in from a total screwball angle precisely because he ricocheted/was tossed by (if I recall correctly) Eric Steinbach, a Bengals player. So, based on that logic, I suppose we can devise the theory that the Bengals must have put a bounty out on their own guy (i.e., Palmer), and Eric Steinbach got the payoff via Kimo von Oelhoffen. That seems pretty feasible and rational, doesn’t it?

  39. steelcurtainn says: Mar 5, 2012 6:45 PM

    Ryan Clark doesn’t need to do Bounties, he just knocks people out period. The Steelers could of definitely used you Ryan in Denver and it showed. Mundy wasn’t the man.

  40. quittsburghstoolers says: Mar 6, 2012 8:13 AM

    “If we continue to do this, I will report it”

    ———————————————————-

    Dirty snitch…

  41. clayton43 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    Clark is a stand up guy and if he says something I do take him at his word… He is one of the few NFL players that will give an interview no matter what and he always speaks his mind and doesnt make excuses for anything even when he has a bad game or blows a coverage ect ect…

  42. jobotjones says: Mar 6, 2012 12:05 PM

    they probably weren’t asking the CBs to join the ‘on the side’ betting game… how much does this even ‘weigh’… Not like he’s a “ray lewis’ type.
    _______
    RC plays safety smart guy, one of the hardest hitting positions on defense.

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