A bad one.
So while no player should tweet disparaging things to reporters, even if they disagree with a story that’s been written, it’s especially galling when someone like Clark directs an insulting post at a female reporter, apparently over a 2-year-old story.
Natalie Weiner, who writes about the Seahawks for Bleacher Report, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that she’d gotten a tweet from Clark. The 2015 second-round pick has since deleted it, but Weiner took a screenshot, captioning it, “writing about domestic violence is fun and risk free”:
writing about domestic violence is fun and risk free pic.twitter.com/XGqCQ6RvNQ
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) May 10, 2017
Clark wrote, “People like you don’t have long careers in your field. I have a job for you cleaning my fish tank when that lil job is ova.”
Several hours later, after his words to Weiner began to spread, Clark posted another tweet. It included the word “apologize,” but doesn’t sound anything like an apology, does not mention the person he disparaged, and in general makes no sense.
Apologize to anyone who felt offended by my tweet earlier. We gotta do better supporting these major issues we face in this world.
— Frank Clark (@TheRealFrankC_) May 10, 2017
What prompted Clark’s outburst is unclear, but Weiner wrote a story last week on Greg Hardy, the aftermath of his domestic violence case and his attempted comeback, as well as the checkered histories of some of the players taken in the NFL draft.
Clark was not mentioned in the story, but Weiner linked to a story she wrote about Clark and his history of domestic violence two years ago, after Seattle took the former Michigan product in the second round. Weiner tweeted it’s the only thing she has written about Clark.
In the story, Weiner wrote about her disappointment with the Seahawks for drafting Clark, especially after coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had previously said they would “never, ever” draft a player who’d struck a woman.
In November 2014, Clark was at a hotel in Ohio with his girlfriend, Diamond Hurt, and her two younger brothers, then 5 and 3, when the couple began fighting. According to police, the fight was so loud it brought guests in neighboring rooms into the hall, and Hurt’s brothers ran out of the room screaming, saying, “Frank is killing our sister.”
When a hotel manager entered the couple’s hotel room, he allegedly told her, “I will hit you like I hit her [Hurt],” before pushing past her and leaving the room.
Hurt was knocked unconscious during the altercation, and police took photographs of a welt on her face, marks on her neck and what they said appeared to be a rug burn on one thigh. Though Hurt refused to press charges, under Ohio law because officers found evidence of domestic violence, they arrested Clark. A county prosecutor later reduced his charges from first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence to fourth-degree disorderly conduct despite multiple witness statements that Clark had assaulted Hurt.
Clark took a domestic violence awareness course and paid a fine and court fees. Though he was dismissed by Michigan two days after the incident, the Seahawks still made Clark the 43rd pick in the draft a few months later.
And since he was credited with 10 sacks in 15 games last season, it’s likely all we’ll get from the Seahawks, if anything, is an empty statement.
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