July 13, 2011
Clark says Ravens-Steelers isn't a real rivalry
Fresh off his Twitter spat with Ravens running back Ray Rice, Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark fanned the flames of the rivalry once again.
Actually, Clark would argue that Ravens- Steelers isn’t really a rivalry.
“People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers as so much of a rivalry, a fight,” Clark told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “You can say it’s a rivalry if you like, but I really truly feel that for a game to be a rivalry, it doesn’t have to just be physical. I think for something to be a rivalry, both teams have to win equally. I think just the hate between the fans doesn’t make a situation a rivalry.”
The Steelers have beaten the Ravens in six of the past eight meetings. Clark got riled up last week when Rice chimed in on the recent DUI arrest of Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward.
“Well I think first of all, it’s not really a situation to where it bothered me in the sense that what he said was really bad. I think more than anything it was disrespectful," Clark said. "As players we should all be a fraternity of brothers, and what I mean by that is if you have nothing good to say about something, why comment on it? I mean, and that was my only thing. And even in that, all I said was I’m glad you weighed in with what you think. Then he kind of took a life of his own. He was saying some other stuff and where to find me, some things that are really just whatever to me. So I just tried to kind of take the high road with it. But the biggest thing to me is people make mistakes, and to be judged by your peers, and to judge someone or one of your peers is not really your job. It’s not why we’re here, that’s for other people to do, so I just felt it was kind of tasteless for him to do so.”