Here's a new twist to an old story: Another Steelers player was fined this week, and not only did he agree with the fine, he believes the NFL is doing the right thing.
That player also happens to be safety Ryan Clark, who in the past has been an outspoken critic of fines levied on the Steelers by the NFL. Clark, the team's representative to the NFL Players Association, was fined $15,000 for a hit out of bounds on New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.
"It's part of the rules, though, man," Clark said today. "If you get a personal foul, they've been fining for that. I have to be smarter in that sense and not put myself in that position."
Clark joins many other teammates who have been fined this season for various infractions, including Chris Kemoeatu who had a double-whammy the week before for two penalties, a personal foul and hands to the face that cost him $25,000. Kemoeatu also was caught for another foul for hands to the face against the Patriots, but he was not fined for that, perhaps because he said he pulled off this time.
"You have to understand that if they see something that they feel is outside the rules, you're going to get a fine for it," Clark said. "That's just the way the game is going. They're really setting high standards for fair play, and they're also setting high standards for player safety. That's something that we as players want to implement.
"They're being pro-active in that approach so we have to find ways to make sure we play within those guidelines."