The Ravens and Steelers is a big rivalry -- big import, big stars, big hits and big fines. NFL officials provided the last part of the equation in the form of a $40,000 fine for Steelers safety Ryan Clark for a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's game. Clark isn't the only one taking a monetary hit for dishing out a real one, but is his hit more evidence that the Steelers are held to a different standard?
Did Clark's hit warrant $40,000?
You can watch the hit for yourself here. The story also notes that Clark (seen here in happier times) said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin used the clip as an example of a good hit.
Are Steelers unfairly targeted?
"It wasn't a spear. It wasn't a forearm to the head. It wasn't any of those things and to be fined $40,000 for that? To me it's either targeting me as a single player or it's targeting this team." --Clark on the fine, one of 13 for the Steelers this season
Words that could haunt him?
"So it's going to turn into if you're going to fine me $40,000, I might as well put him to sleep for real or I might as well blow his knee out." -- Clark.
Are all the fines helping?
Roger Goodell has docked the Steelers for $182,000 in fines this season, and James Harrison came close to that by himself last season. But are the dollars adding up to fewer bad hits?
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