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Clay Matthews: I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player

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Earlier this week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called Packers linebacker Clay Matthews‘ late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “cheap shot” and that Matthews would have to work on repairing his image as a “tough guy” for slapping 49ers tackle Joe Staley during an ensuing scuffle.

Matthews met the media on Thursday and got the expected questions about his thoughts regarding Harbaugh’s comments. Matthews avoided most of them by saying he only wanted to answer questions about this week’s game against Washington, but eventually broke down and gave a little bit more.

“I’m an awesome player, I’m not a dirty player,” Matthews said.

Matthews cited his “pretty good” resume when it came to league discipline to back up his belief and wouldn’t say whether he’d been fined by the league office, which confirms all the fines of the week on Friday. It would be a surprise if Matthews’ name wasn’t on the list, the hit was a flagrant foul whether Matthews is a dirty player or not, which would mark the third time in his career that he’s received a fine.

Watching Matthews smirk while delivering his retort will probably ruffle some feathers in San Francisco, although the lack of another regular season game between the two teams probably means things will remain at a low simmer until they meet again. If that happens to be in this year’s playoffs, there should be plenty of fireworks from both sides.

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156 Responses to “Clay Matthews: I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Sep 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    Quo

  2. elwaysagenius says: Sep 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    Quote of the year

  3. hyzers says: Sep 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    I don’t think the real Fabio is as narcissistic as this roided out meat head. Get over yourself.

  4. tennis22drew says: Sep 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    And people call Harbaugh a blowhard

  5. justsomerandomguy24 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    He is really talented, but if you are awesome, you shouldn’t have to tell people.

  6. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:48 PM

    Clay is an awesomely dirty player

  7. keramidas21 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    Harbaugh blew this whole ordeal out of proportion. Everyone needs to just move on.

  8. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    No Clay, you’re an idiot who should have been fined and suspended. You have to wonder why the League office chose not to. Imagine Brady or Manning on the other end of that attack.

    They almost shut the league down after Brady got touched in a preseason scrimmage.

  9. tutamus says: Sep 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    He’s right.

  10. wearethesteelers says: Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    Go Steelers!

  11. thepvyharvin says: Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    Superiority complex refers to a subconscious neurotic mechanism of compensation developed by the individual as a result of feelings of inferiority.As in Cindy ” Clay” Brady would be a figure skater without steroids….

  12. magee4three says: Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    “the hit was a flagrant foul whether Matthews is a dirty player or not, which would mark the third time in his career that he’s received a fine.”

    One fine was for wearing yellow shoes. The other?

    Grabbing Jay Cutler’s facemask — which I think we can all agree is something no one should be fined for.

  13. ad2k13 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    “Awesome” players don’t use an open hand slap in a scuffle that they started by cheapshotting the other teams QB 5 yards out of bounds. Pretty boy chump…

  14. pathsovglory says: Sep 12, 2013 6:52 PM

    this quote makes Barney Stinson proud.

  15. bach2112 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:55 PM

    Never seen Matthews be dirty till that play. Yes it was intentional. I like Kap but have lost respect for Harboy for all his pre-whining before games. Why is Singletary not getting any love for building the core for that team? Didnt think he was a good coach but he did get alot of the current pieces. I lived in Bay area 86-90 and being a Cowboy fan was rough there. Mainly cause all my cousins are niners fans.

  16. joey49er says: Sep 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    Clay is a class act like his play …im a 49er fan and was not happy with clay after the hit, but the guy appoligized to kapp …it oooooovvvveeeerrrr
    let it goooooooo…..we won …..see u in the playoffs clay….goooooo 49ers

  17. footballnut2011 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:59 PM

    Your a roid clown that needs a haircut.

  18. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    “Why is Singletary not getting any love for building the core for that team? Didnt think he was a good coach but he did get alot of the current pieces.”
    ______________________________

    That’s because he couldn’t put the pieces together.

  19. joey49er says: Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    REALLY u think singletary was good??? what are u smoking? run run run punt lol

  20. favresweiner says: Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    Ya, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.

  21. Exiled1 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    As a Packer fan I’d like to shove a piece of cheese in his mouth to shut him up.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    He is far closer to being awesome, than he is to being dirty.

    That play was dirty, it merited a flag, but he was commited before he knew Kaepernick was going out.

    Play to the whistle.

  23. clayminator says: Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    and anyone that watched the game on Sunday would agree….he is an awesome player!

    this garbage is all media driven.

    can anyone name the team that has won the most football games in the NFL over the past 20 years?

    if you said the Green Bay Packers, would be correct!

  24. deadeye says: Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM

    Clay Matthews: I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player

    =====================

    Clay Matthews: My greatest attribute is my humility.

  25. surfinbird1 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:02 PM

    I love me. Who do you love.

  26. swaggyy says: Sep 12, 2013 7:03 PM

    Both these teams need to move on. They’re both going to get blown out this weekend. Well, SF was going to anyways we all knew that.

  27. bobhk says: Sep 12, 2013 7:03 PM

    @usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM
    “Why is Singletary not getting any love for building the core for that team? Didnt think he was a good coach but he did get alot of the current pieces.”
    ______________________________

    That’s because he couldn’t put the pieces together.
    ———
    Agreed. McCloughan deserves the credit.

  28. remyje says: Sep 12, 2013 7:06 PM

    he’s also 0-1….why didn’t he say that?

  29. kingpel says: Sep 12, 2013 7:10 PM

    And that is how you apologize.

  30. yankeemofo says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    ad2k13 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM
    “Awesome” players don’t use an open hand slap in a scuffle that they started by cheapshotting the other teams QB 5 yards out of bounds. Pretty boy chump…
    ——————————

    I’m pretty much a “real man” and I would open hand slap a football helmet, too.

    Only an idiot breaks his hand punching something.

  31. jjh1982 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    Gotta love the haters, he’s on steroids blah blah blah, come up with something new its getting old just like the crust on your underwear

  32. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    bobhk

    mcCloughan deserves some credit but lets not forget Baalke was also a big part behind the draft process along with suit model nolan..it never wouldve came together without a great coach but we got him now! GO NINERS!

    just ask jerruh hows his run been without a good coach or an actual gm ahahah

  33. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    bobhk

    mcCloughan deserves some credit but lets not forget Baalke was also a big part behind the draft process along with suit model nolan..it never wouldve came together without a great coach but we got him now! GO NINERS!

    just ask jerruh hows his run been without a good coach or an actual gm ahahah

  34. thermalito says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    How many times have you seen NFL greats like Singletary, Ronnie Lott, Dick Butkis or even Ray Lewis take cheap shot hits on guys out of bounds? They didn’t need to do that, wannabe “greats” like Clay Matthews do

  35. packfaninchitown says: Sep 12, 2013 7:12 PM

    remyje says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:06 PM
    he’s also 0-1….why didn’t he say that?
    ==============================
    Yeah but he’s an awesome 0-1

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:12 PM

    Anyone who uses the term “awesome” to describe themselves isn’t.

  37. greenandgold1972 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    Get a sense of humor, people!

  38. clayminator says: Sep 12, 2013 7:14 PM

    ad2k13 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    “Awesome” players don’t use an open hand slap in a scuffle that they started by cheapshotting the other teams QB 5 yards out of bounds. Pretty boy chump…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    #1 he did not use an open hand slap…watch the video you clown. this is made up by Hairball

    #2 Matthews left his feet while Kaep was in bounds, made contact with him 3-4 feet out of bounds. you do realize 5 yards = 15 feet right??

    #3 you are obviously jealous of his good looks, fame and fortune.

    #4 you would wet your pants if you called him a chump even remotely close to his face

  39. drunkwino says: Sep 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    You are awesome -signed the Packers last two losses

  40. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:16 PM

    He has a super bowl ring. something that the Vikings nd 4ers cant say.

    im cool with his quote. He is pretty damn good.

  41. northshorejag says: Sep 12, 2013 7:16 PM

    I’m Idaho!

  42. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:16 PM

    and 49ers that is.

  43. mackcarrington says: Sep 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    Is this guy really living his “Fathead” commercial?

  44. packerblitz says: Sep 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    If you watched his interview, you would see he was saying it jokingly. Chill out people. Sorry he doesn’t want to stoop to the level of the cry babies out west.

  45. squared80 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:20 PM

    Clay Matthews is a good player, but is overrated on what has been a TERRIBLE Green Bay defense for a few years now.

    And that quote won’t win you over any fans, Clay. Seriously. Just like Aaron Rodgers… people will like you more if you just keep your mouth shut.

  46. pushn50 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:20 PM

    Those who get riled up by his comments, congrats. You gave him what he wanted. He loves to get into people’s heads – if even in an outlandish, sometimes laughable way.

    Let’s put it this way, if you’re riled up by Clay – which clearly many of you here are – then you have no life, no sense of humor, and way too much time on your hands to sit around and do nothing but WORRY and WHINE!

  47. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Sep 12, 2013 7:22 PM

    Steroids are funny like that…

  48. calhounlambeau says: Sep 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    Clay was getting badgered with stupid questions and he made a joke to get a laugh…my god…he’s one of the good guys in the league…go after someone who deserves it…Like the players who take plays off, get suspended, etc.

  49. floratiotime says: Sep 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    Crazy on the roids.

  50. hatesycophants says: Sep 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    Only one of these two teams is going to be in the playoffs. Guess which one.

  51. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    get over yourself clayminator

  52. kaeptovernon says: Sep 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM
    “Why is Singletary not getting any love for building the core for that team? Didnt think he was a good coach but he did get alot of the current pieces.”

    49ers record under Singletary: 18-22
    2010 49ers were 6-10 (5-10 under singletary)

    Since then Harbaugh/Baalke added:
    Aldon Smith
    Colin Kaepernick
    Chris Culliver
    Kendall Hunter
    Daniel Kilgore
    Bruce Miller
    LaMichael James

    They’re regular season record since then is 24-7-1
    They made it to the NFC championship both years and the Super Bowl once.

    Singletary was a great motivator and probably the reason Vernon Davis is who he is, BUT he was NOT a good head coach.

  53. ososrule says: Sep 12, 2013 7:26 PM

    Correction:

    ” I have beautiful, Goldilocks hair, not a dirty player!”

    In all seriousness, as a Bears fan, I have never once thought of Clay as a dirty player. He’s one of the best LB’s in the game right now! He should never been considered dirty, that’s SUH the dirty scum of Detroit.

    Suh is the dirtiest player ever to play the game, end of story!

  54. jrmbadger says: Sep 12, 2013 7:28 PM

    This whole Matthews-HarBAWL thing has been blown WAY out of proportion. Mostly by HarBAWL, the media, and the 40 whiner fans.

    It wasn’t a dirty hit. Period. The hit Clay delivered happens almost every week and it looked worse live than on the replay, which clearly showed that Clay left his feet before Cap was out of bounds. It also shows that he didn’t clothesline him. Clay was over-agressive – YES. Dirty – No.

    If you have a problem with players getting hit, then maybe you shouldn’t watch tackle football.

    Can we please move on?

  55. stevent92 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    This will NOT “ruffle some feathers” in San francisco, as the Packers amount to little nore than San Fran’s red-headed step-child. Clay who?

  56. rudegger says: Sep 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    So awesome players get knocked on their A’s for the entire fourth quarter now?
    I wonder how many of Clay’s sacks came against a porous Chicago D-line?

  57. george1859 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    Awesome….Till someone cuts your knees out from under you.

  58. calvinhobbes5000 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:35 PM

    I’m a Packer fan who thought Harbaugh blew this whole thing out of proportion. However, it’s hard to blame the continuing drama on Harbaugh when Matthews is still talking about it himself. Matthews needs to follow his coaches advice and let the issue go. It’s over. Move on. We have a similar, although less talented, team coming to Lambeau in a few days.

  59. calvinhobbes5000 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:36 PM

    And rudegger, Matthews got a sack against the 49ers last week.

  60. dwarftosser says: Sep 12, 2013 7:36 PM

    Clay is awesome. This quote is awesome.

  61. clssylssy says: Sep 12, 2013 7:38 PM

    Remember people this is the entertainment industry and fans expect a show….and what would the 9er/Packer game been without some drama from the players…Harbaugh’s stick is overdone even for Saturday Night Live. Now they have some new material:)

  62. jrmbadger says: Sep 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    thermalito says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM
    How many times have you seen NFL greats like Singletary, Ronnie Lott, Dick Butkis or even Ray Lewis take cheap shot hits on guys out of bounds? They didn’t need to do that, wannabe “greats” like Clay Matthews do
    ================================

    Half of the hits those guys leveled would probably be illegal under today’s rules.
    Youtube “ronnie lot cheap shot” and you get a video of him laying out a defenseless Mark Bavaro. That hit would get you suspended in today’s NFL, and is at least as “dirty” as Clay’s hit.

    Matthew’s hit probably wouldn’t even have been called 15 years ago.

  63. clayminator says: Sep 12, 2013 7:41 PM

    calhounlambeau says: Sep 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    Clay was getting badgered with stupid questions and he made a joke to get a laugh…my god…he’s one of the good guys in the league…go after someone who deserves it…Like the players who take plays off, get suspended, etc.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    don’t even try to infuse logic, reason and facts….most of the mouth breathers on here just started watching football a few years ago and have NO CLUE!

  64. scandiman says: Sep 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    Clay is awesome. Play was dirty. Not a dirty player, but should have been fined. NFL needs to be more consistent and not pick and choose which players to go after.

  65. packattack1967 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:42 PM

    joey49er says: Sep 12, 2013 6:57 PM

    Clay is a class act like his play …im a 49er fan and was not happy with clay after the hit, but the guy appoligized to kapp …it oooooovvvveeeerrrr
    let it goooooooo…..we won …..see u in the playoffs clay….goooooo 49ers
    ________

    It wasnt a hit. it was a tackle-he never should have been called for anything. Both players were in bounds when he started his motion.

  66. thepvyharvin says: Sep 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    Clay is a Super Hero to Packer fans. As they sit in their bean bag lined skid loader bucket, Cheeto stained Cuban cigar sized fingers type their admiration. Clay has the body they all dream of…

  67. thevikes99 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    Clay is so full of him self like his fat head commercial with fat heads. I bet there is a few holes poked in the fatheads too!!

  68. vikestud says: Sep 12, 2013 7:47 PM

    Only the Roidminator would say that wow ha ha

  69. glastron1 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:51 PM

    GO BLUE!!!

  70. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:52 PM

    Clay is awesome.

    And his response is ever more awesome!

  71. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    He’s a fathead.

  72. larryboodry says: Sep 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    I haven’t seen his hit on Kaepernick, but as a Bears fan I respect his talent and do not consider him a dirty player (unlike a certain Mr. Suh in Detroit.) That being said, Matthews had the right idea in not wanting to address the issue.

  73. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    Kiss the ring!

  74. goodknave says: Sep 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    Have some more ‘roids, get a haircut and blow out your knee. Punk.

  75. trapshoot says: Sep 12, 2013 7:56 PM

    Not sure if he’s awesome, but he definitely ain’t dirty.

  76. chi01town says: Sep 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    Clay still dont know that the 49ers won that game. he thinks they are still playing and the packers still have a chance.. WAKE UP CLAY! the game is over..49ers WIN. Stop trying to hurt people and I will stop saying you are a dirty player.

  77. cornerblitz says: Sep 12, 2013 7:59 PM

    justsomerandomguy24 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    He is really talented, but if you are awesome, you shouldn’t have to tell people.

    ==================

    He doesn’t, but he was asked to the point of being unavoidable. He has a right to a defense and he’s only speaking the truth.

  78. allday420ap says: Sep 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    if your so awesome, how come you resemble an orc?

  79. joshm5683 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:06 PM

    As a 49ers fan I will say he is an awesome player and as a USC fan I will also say I like Matthews. That play though was pretty dirty, it wasn’t he just hit him or tackled him out of bounds, he wrapped him up around his neck and shoulder area and slammed him on the ground.

    Still in general I would agree with him that he isn’t a dirty player. He doesn’t have a track record like a certain DT on the Lions where his peers constantly say hes dirty and he gets fined all the time. He did warrant a fine for that hit though.

  80. zzr600guy says: Sep 12, 2013 8:07 PM

    All u haters just wish your team had an all pro OLB like Clay.

  81. mitchlt3ski says: Sep 12, 2013 8:09 PM

    I think its pretty dumb for someone to say it wasn’t a dirty hit because kaep was still in bounds because he was clearly “on his way” out of bounds and had given up but clay still LAUNCHED himself at kaep and clothslined him. I know its a mans game but thats how the NFL is nowadays, hell lavonte david gave Geno Smith a love tap but because he was “on his way” out of bounds and fell over, he got fined for it.

  82. rhone16 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:10 PM

    Even though I’m a Niner fan, I agree with Matthews here. The hit on Kap was out of bounds and warranted the penalty, but I think he was clearly going all out to prevent a first down rather than going for an intentionally dirty hit. It’s not like he has a history of dirty play.

  83. kyannalashae says: Sep 12, 2013 8:10 PM

    Kinda funny…most of you obviously have no clue what a “clothesline tackle” is. First, you need to make contact with the neck of the opposing player and that never happened. Second…a clothesline takes place when you face an opposing player. I watched Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus perform that move many times in the early 60′s. The move was outlawed because it posed a real danger to the player being tackled. Try opening your eyes and watch the video. Clay’s upper arm gets Kaep below the shoulder pad and his forearm slaps Kaep on the upper chest. Mathews never touched Kaep’s neck. Was it a late hit?..that’s a mute point. It was obviously out of bounds and should have been flagged. Everyone whines and cries about the “Flag Football League that the NFL is driving toward. Clay is not now and never was a “dirty player” Save that crap for James Harrison and Suh(zie) from Detroit. Clay is one of the cleanest and toughest linebackers in the league.

  84. contra74isloosbuthole says: Sep 12, 2013 8:11 PM

    yankeemofo says: Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    ad2k13 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM
    “Awesome” players don’t use an open hand slap in a scuffle that they started by cheapshotting the other teams QB 5 yards out of bounds. Pretty boy chump…
    ——————————

    I’m pretty much a “real man” and I would open hand slap a football helmet, too.

    Only an idiot breaks his hand punching something.
    ______
    Exactly

  85. theytukrjobs says: Sep 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    Matthews is a clean player who made a dirty play. Reason it’s newsworthy is that he called his shot in the week leading up to it.

    I don’t really see why the 9ers are upset though. They scored a TD on the drive and won the game. Their QB didn’t get hurt.

  86. contra74isloosbuthole says: Sep 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    Kapernick won’t survive to the playoffs.

  87. hansenbrothers says: Sep 12, 2013 8:14 PM

    That’s hilarious. And awesome.

  88. pushn50 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:15 PM

    I love it! It’s hysterical how riled up people get over a comment made in jet. Watch his full interview and you’ll clearly see he was trying to lighten the mood. After dealing with a week’s worth of criticism from the 40 whiners, I thought he handled this brilliantly, if not hilariously!

    Seriously people, get a life already and quit hanging onto every word Harbrawl spews to the masses!

  89. hendeeze says: Sep 12, 2013 8:22 PM

    Watching Packers fans defend Clay like they were Lions fans. That has been the most disgraceful thing of all.

  90. beedubyatoo says: Sep 12, 2013 8:24 PM

    footballnut2011 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:59 PM

    Your a roid clown that needs a haircut.
    ——————————–
    Please post that for all the black players in the league who have dreadlocks hanging below their helmet.

  91. kvnhlstd says: Sep 12, 2013 8:25 PM

    First… Matthews was being hounded for a sound bite over and over, he kept telling them he has moved on. He finally caved in a gave a snark comment… making fun of himself…. 49er whiners, get over it. The game was last week already.
    My suggestion to all the 49er whiners is focus on Next Sunday night, you are going in to a place that hung 42 on you guys last fall. Worry about tomorrow, not yesterday.

  92. bobhk says: Sep 12, 2013 8:32 PM

    @jrmbadger says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:40 PM
    thermalito says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:11 PM
    How many times have you seen NFL greats like Singletary, Ronnie Lott, Dick Butkis or even Ray Lewis take cheap shot hits on guys out of bounds? They didn’t need to do that, wannabe “greats” like Clay Matthews do
    ================================

    Half of the hits those guys leveled would probably be illegal under today’s rules.
    Youtube “ronnie lot cheap shot” and you get a video of him laying out a defenseless Mark Bavaro. That hit would get you suspended in today’s NFL, and is at least as “dirty” as Clay’s hit.

    Matthew’s hit probably wouldn’t even have been called 15 years ago.
    ———-
    Just because someone on youtube labeled it cheap shot does not mean it was. Besides, you answered it yourself. His shot during that time was legal. What Matthews did on Sunday was not.

    Look, why is it hard for packers fans to accept that he delivered a cheap shot. From what I have heard, he’s even apologized. It’s quite evident what he did, especially in light of what he said before the game.

  93. thetooloftools says: Sep 12, 2013 8:47 PM

    He’s about to go on IR if he keeps bragging.

  94. imsmarterthanyou says: Sep 12, 2013 8:51 PM

    “If you’re good, you’ll tell everyone. If you’re great, they’ll tell you.”

    - Walter Payton

  95. kenny2neworleans says: Sep 12, 2013 8:53 PM

    It was obviously said in jest. He was joking. Like his fat head that isn’t even football related. Just a real hot pic! That’s classic!

  96. dc4283 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:53 PM

    When is he getting FINED???

  97. kyannalashae says: Sep 12, 2013 8:57 PM

    I promise you,some people are such idiots that they Will Never Get It, Clay’s out of bounds hit wasn’t a ”Cheap Shot” nor was it a ”Dirty Play” or a ”Clothesline” it was just a Late Hit, a huge mistake…Clay had no ill will towards Kaepernick, even Joe Staley said it!

  98. packersarethebest says: Sep 12, 2013 8:58 PM

    Indeed you are Clay; haterz gonna hate. Do you, keep playing the way you do, and don’t change a thing!

  99. veence69 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:07 PM

    One Trick Pony w/an inflated sense of importance: CM3

  100. cornerblitz says: Sep 12, 2013 9:07 PM

    qdog112 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    No Clay, you’re an idiot who should have been fined and suspended. You have to wonder why the League office chose not to. Imagine Brady or Manning on the other end of that attack.

    They almost shut the league down after Brady got touched in a preseason scrimmage.

    =============================

    Dude are you actually comparing Collin Kapernick to Manning or Brady? Respect is something you earn man.

  101. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 12, 2013 9:13 PM

    Well, he IS the best defender in the NFC North, hands down.

    Beyond that, probably top 3 or 4 in the NFL.

    I’d say that’s pretty awesome.

  102. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    the nfl is losing its edge. manufactured controversies like this are proof.

    but i’m so happy it exists. why? because it completely, and i mean COMPLETELY, destroys the viewership and broadcast of baseball. did you know they still play beyond september?

  103. footballnut2011 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:16 PM

    I wish october 27th would hurry up and get here so i can watch AD steamroll this roid freak. AD goes for 235 that night… Book it!!!

  104. mblade says: Sep 12, 2013 9:16 PM

    What a joke. Of course he is a dirty player. He said he was going to take out Colin and his only chance was when Colin was 5 yards out of bounds. He is dirty, he is not awesome, he is, in reality pathetic, an embarrassment! He deserves a fine just like Suh. He told the NFL what he was going to do.

  105. mcqphx says: Sep 12, 2013 9:19 PM

    I’m the Clay and I’m Awesome!!!!

  106. hammertoe11 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:33 PM

    Clay Matthews I’m an awesome player. Not a dirty player. he is right about that. He just left out one part he is AWESOME Player in his WET Diaper. LMAO.

  107. lnfinite says: Sep 12, 2013 9:33 PM

    What a schmuck. Clay should just keep his stupid comments to himself and let his talking happen on the field. All this will be is bulletin board material should the 2 teams meet in the playoffs.

  108. theeperspective says: Sep 12, 2013 9:34 PM

    Your a one-dimensional football player that has an unbelievable ability to rush the quarterback. Unfortunately, you can’t do much else. Your job also entitles you to stop the run. When quarterbacks set rushing records on YOUR D-line, and RB’s get clear lanes up through your gap, you need to take responsibility. Your not awesome, your overrated bro. Can’t wait for HGH testing to start.

  109. mattvandy says: Sep 12, 2013 9:39 PM

    “subconscious neurotic mechanism of compensation” ?. Everyone get a grip, Matthews quotes are called HUMOR.

  110. johnsticle says: Sep 12, 2013 9:49 PM

    Now keep in mind, this is coming from a Vikings fan. The Packers are the only NFL team that I absolutely hate. That being said, Clay is a beast. Which is why I drafted him to my fantasy team.

  111. kaeptovernon says: Sep 12, 2013 9:52 PM

    zzr600guy says:
    Sep 12, 2013 8:07 PM
    “All u haters just wish your team had an all pro OLB like Clay.”

    Actually most of us would keep Aldon Smith, and the rest of the best linebacker corps in the NFL.

    GO NINERS

    By the way. The packers are 0-1 right?

  112. spthegr8 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:56 PM

    @zz600guy
    All u haters just wish your team had an all pro OLB like Clay.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    We do have an All Pro OLB. You ever heard of a guy named Aldon Smith?? He is number 99 for the Forty Niners & he’s pretty good. Had 19.5 sack last yr ( 1.5 ) on Sunday. Just Sayin’!!!!

  113. golynxgo says: Sep 12, 2013 9:58 PM

    ad2k13 says:
    Sep 12, 2013 6:51 PM
    “Awesome” players don’t use an open hand slap in a scuffle that they started by cheapshotting the other teams QB 5 yards out of bounds. Pretty boy chump…

    5 yards out of bounds ?
    Must be a San Fran fan get your face out of the pillow and watch the hit The way Flapperchick
    Runs who knew he was going out ?Matthews was off his feet already.

  114. 6250claimer says: Sep 12, 2013 10:04 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald is perplexed. Wait, no he isn’t, he doesn’t pay attention to this kind of drivel.

  115. hatesycophants says: Sep 12, 2013 10:04 PM

    If you didn’t see the hit, keep your yap shut about it, ya bag.

  116. kevb62 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:06 PM

    He deserves to be fined for not only launching himself when Kapernick was running out of bounds, but for throwing punches afterwards.

    However, he won’t get fined because he too “beloved” by the NFL because of the PR….

    What a frikkin’ joke.

  117. dragonfly99 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:07 PM

    Harbaugh has blown this whole thing way out of proportion. Matthews wanted to send a message and mess with Kap’s and Harbaugh’s minds. It’s obvious he has achieved that. Next it’s the Seahawks’ turn.

  118. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2013 10:08 PM

    Wow, just when I thought you 49er fans couldn’t get any whinier…

  119. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 12, 2013 10:19 PM

    Seriously, you 49er fans are whinier than your coach.

  120. chrisk61 says: Sep 12, 2013 10:26 PM

    i would much rather have casey matthews on my team.

    who said that ? andy reid maybe. and casey made this yr’s eagles team as a 1 yr oregon alumnus courtesy provided by the chipovich.

  121. Bar None says: Sep 12, 2013 10:34 PM

    It may be his 3rd fine but one was for wearing illegally colored shoes.

  122. judsonjr says: Sep 12, 2013 10:34 PM

    In the early 80′s this wouldn’t have even been a penalty.

    The unwritten rule was that you needed to be outside the white before they’d throw a flag for a late hit out of bounds. This meant that if you didn’t want to get hit, you ran horizontal to get out of bounds. Today, it’s get as many yards as you can and then step out of bounds at the very last second.

    I’ll also say that Clay needs to stop with the flopping when he thinks he is getting held. He’s worse than Lebron.

  123. gr87ad says: Sep 12, 2013 10:43 PM

    Every player in the NFL that had illegal hits were fined. Suh, David, Goldson Hall… But Mathews is clearly above them so in the NFL’s view he must be an awesome player!! Lol Stupid NFL

  124. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 12, 2013 10:51 PM

    Any player that almost a takes kaepernicks head off is an awesome player in my book.

  125. kmartinson says: Sep 12, 2013 10:53 PM

    It was a joke……and it was pretty funny. I thought you 9er fans were supposed to be mellow? Harbaugh has everyone on the west coast cranked up and tight..for the bloggers who talk about Harbaugh’s record….the division sucks and has sucked for 10 years. FACT… I’ll give you Seattle from last year but that’s about it. 9ers are good right now but are going to be faced with huge issues in the future with contracts. 9ers need to win this year or its going to be too late.

  126. orcheon says: Sep 12, 2013 10:59 PM

    favresweiner says:
    Sep 12, 2013 7:01 PM
    Ya, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.

    —————————————-

    Grizzly Adams did have a beard.

  127. pkrlvr says: Sep 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    Holy cow, I can’t believe how many people think he was serious. I thought it was a great response and quote.

  128. trollsetter says: Sep 12, 2013 11:46 PM

    Hahahaha, wait until he gets tested for HGH. He’ll shrink up like the walk on talent he is.

  129. truthserum4u says: Sep 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    Can’t stand the Packers, but I would agree, Matthews isn’t a dirty player. But that hit WAS a dirty play.

  130. funktron2x says: Sep 13, 2013 12:35 AM

    On the one hand, I agree that this is overblown. I don’t think he was trying to hurt Kaepernick. On the other hand, I fully enjoy watching many of the same anonymous Sallies shift from attack mode on Suh to Packers Defense Force mode for Clay. The irony and hypocrisy is rich indeed!

  131. funktron2x says: Sep 13, 2013 12:38 AM

    On the one hand, I agree that this is overblown. I don’t think he was trying to hurt Kaepernick, just a bit of poor judgment in hat of battle. On the other hand, I fully enjoy watching many of the same anonymous Sallies shift from attack mode on Suh to Packers Defense Force mode for Clay. The irony and hypocrisy is rich indeed.

  132. nes99tor says: Sep 13, 2013 12:46 AM

    Whether it was a cheap shot or not it’s football if the 40 winers don’t want there football player to get hurt put him behind a glass case for display. Keep doing ur thing clay. And that’s playing football.

  133. txnative61 says: Sep 13, 2013 2:46 AM

    There is no question that he “launched” at Kapernick, leaving his feet before making contact, which is a penalty nowadays regardless of whether he was in or out of bounds when the hit took place. I’m “old-school” and it just looked like hard nosed football to me, with no “intent” to injure, so I don’t see this meaning he’s a dirty player. But “awesome”??? Regardless of the validity of steriod accusations, more longevity is required to put me in awe, which is often problematic for juicers as injurys mount up over time. I’m guessing Uncle Bruce may remain the only Matthews in the Hall of Fame.

  134. spedman24 says: Sep 13, 2013 7:36 AM

    Wow, this kid is a joke. Pack just aren’t very good, Rogers n this kid r 2 of the most selfish in the league…#noclass

  135. vikescry1 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    i didn’t realize niner fans could whine this long! your team is about to play the hawks in 2 days, you should start to focus your attention on them. you got the win over the pack, mathews said it was a poor decision after the game. and fans wonder why goodell is ruining football, its cuz people whine for stuff like this!

  136. vikescry1 says: Sep 13, 2013 8:57 AM

    by the way some one brought up ronnie lott and butkus, try looking up deacon jones he used to close line everybody on and off the field! no fines or flags. its football get over it!

  137. michiganhockey11 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:02 AM

    Kapernick was clearly going out of bounds. Matthews intentionally went up high with his hit. If he went for his legs and wrapped him up, we wouldn’t be having this conversation today.

    Suh gets fined $100k for being an idiot (yes, as Lions fan, there was no need for him to make that block and he could have ran along with the OT during the pick 6), but no fine for Matthews for making a high clothesline tackle on a quarterback going out of bounds. I’d love to hear Goddell’s definition of consistency…

  138. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 13, 2013 9:02 AM

    This guy is a major turd.

  139. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 13, 2013 9:04 AM

    ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 12, 2013 9:13 PM

    Well, he IS the best defender in the NFC North, hands down.

    Beyond that, probably top 3 or 4 in the NFL.

    ——————————————————–

    You HAVE to be kidding me….. This has to be a joke.

  140. larry188 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    There must be a lot whining 49ers fans on here making up accusations about Matthews PED use – since there’s never even been any serious assertion of this. It is just spurned lovers who would give their left nuts to have this future hall-of-famer on their own teams. Clay actually IS and awesome player, and you know it. Deal with it.

  141. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:23 AM

    He was totally kidding about it if you saw the interview.

  142. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    Let em hate Clay- lets see them say some of these things to your face. They can all talk but when you’re already doing a flying elbow drop you have to land somewhere.

  143. rferrai57 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:52 AM

    Matthews was joking.

  144. js1206 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:23 AM

    I know people move on. If you saw the interview, you would know he was joking. He got penalized for the hit and we know he is not a dirty player. Next game up, time to move on.

    Lets move on to most annoying coach bowl Sunday night. The battle for ego’s…..

  145. nitschke066 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:35 AM

    And the leader of the Forty Whiners has spoken. This coming from the guy who wouldn’t even shake his own brother’s hand after the SB last year.

    Harborough is an asshat – that will never change.

    As for Clay – I betcha’ when we see the Whiners in the playoffs ol’ Kaperneck won’t try a QB sneak or run to Mattews side.

    “I hear footsteps…”

  146. stvang says: Sep 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    I wonder if Harbough thinks about deacon jones.

    One of his moves was an open handed head slap that would stun the opposing player.

    BTW.. Ever put on a helmet and get a head slap in the ear hole? It’s alot more head jarring than a fist.

  147. steveb9995 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    Had this been done by James Harrison, Ritchie Incognito, or Ndamukong Suh, the uproar would be deafening, and the league would be suspending someone. But since it’s golden boy Matthews, it’s supposed to be OK?

  148. sugarray1 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:13 PM

    The SISSY couldn’t get it done between the lines so he had to take a cheap shot. Totally classless and cowardice. That’s what they teach you at USC. I can’t wait for someone to take this moron out for good! I also wish they would have let Staley rough him up…..THAT would have been fun to watch.

  149. kdknuepp says: Sep 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    I don’t know, I think it is pretty tough for Clay to bitchslap a guy that probably outweighs him by 70-80 pounds!

    As far as what Harbaugh, the former Chicago Bear, thinks………WHO CARES? LOL

  150. laserw says: Sep 13, 2013 12:48 PM

    Yeah, right, Dirt Matthews.

    And Mike Vick is a dog lover.

  151. kdknuepp says: Sep 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    Name calling, that’s mature!

    Mike Vick Jokes……..you need to move on!

  152. greenbaypackersowner says: Sep 13, 2013 1:35 PM

    As a Packers owner I speak for all of Packer Nation when I say – who cares if he juices as long as he’s productive?

  153. axespray says: Sep 13, 2013 2:21 PM

    seeing viking fans all in a uproar (over a 49er QB taking a hit) … smh, wasn’t Jared Allen intentionally going after Matt Schuab’s legs … I remember two shots at the guy’s knees in that game from 08 or 09…

    One desperation leap to prevent Kaep from getting a first down – “HE’s DIRTy! Suspend him! This is reprehensible!”

  154. ketchupaholic says: Sep 13, 2013 3:33 PM

    “PED Police called!” Mathews is a no doubt a roider, PED user! I wish the league would test him year round.

  155. jasonparkin says: Sep 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    what Clay should have said….”you ever hit someone with your superbowl ring on?….oh wait, wrong Harbaugh”

  156. amlowlife says: Sep 17, 2013 5:58 PM

    He’s just poking fun at his Fathead commercial…which is, perhaps, one of the funniest NFL-related commercials on TV.

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