Frank Clark, Seattle Seahawks’ defensive lineman, annoyed offensive linemen on the Chargers during the Seahawks’ preseason encounter against San Diego. They accused Clark of aggression against opponent quarterback Philip Rivers while under a pile.
King Dunlap, the San Diego Chargers’ left tackle, was booked for 15-yard roughness penalty, apparently not needed, for yanking Clark from the scum.
Dunlap later revealed in a post-match press conference that he didn’t see the incident but went on to protect fellow teammate Rivers after hearing his compatriots’ yell.
“That guy was on top of Philip, and that’s our quarterback,” Dunlap said after the game. “I protect the quarterback at all costs.”
While Rivers was sacked on the play by Seahawks’ Jordan Hill, Clark’s post-match antics were panned by every quarter of the Chargers. “That’s our quarter-back. We’re going to protect the jewel of our offense.” Chargers guard D.J. Fluker told Union Tribune.
Clark defended himself by describing his on-field characteristics as an “emotional player.” Though the defensive line man said he would avoid such incidence in future.
“I’m a real emotional player, but there are ways you react and ways you don’t react,” Clark said. “You’ve got to be smart in this game. That was something Richard Sherman was telling me afterward, that whole thing — even though I didn’t get called for anything — just to avoid situations like that.”
Rivers had to leave the pitch in the second quarter after he banged his throwing arm on the follow through action. X-rays of his hands were negative, claimed the five-time Pro-Bowler himself, and added that he would have carried on with the the game had it been a regular season contest.
Clark also faced misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges from his girlfriend, and the Seahawks were criticized for picking him in second round of the draft. He was dismissed from the Michigan’s football team last November, after he pleaded no contest in an agreement with the lawyers.