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Steelers safety Ryan Clark and Baltimore running back Ray Rice engaged in a highly publicized Twitter battle during the offseason when Rice made a post about Hines Ward’s DUI arrest.

The back-and-forth banter ended when Clark tweeted that he will make sure to find Rice Week 1 of the season.

Two months later and Clark isn’t worried about finding Rice on Sunday, however, he hasn’t forgotten what was said.

“It’s just life,” Clark said. “It’s over. Sometimes people disagree. Now we just have the Internet to disagree over. I don’t dislike him. I think that is what people try to build up about this. You are not going to get that quote from me that I don’t like him because I don’t know him.”

Clark did say that it was disheartening to read what Rice tweeted about a fellow player like Ward even if he plays for a rival team like the Steelers.

“I feel like we are all brothers in the NFL and are in the same fight,” Clark said. “Especially at the time of the lockout, we were all in the same fight. It was disheartening to see that we weren’t all together on that front. Other than that, it wasn’t a big deal. It is not going to make him run any better or make me play any better Sunday.”

The back-and-forth exchanges started when Rice posted on his Twitter account: “Well it looks like Hines Ward will miss week 1 when the lockout ends DUI charge not a good look.”

Clark responded: “So glad you could Weigh in. Thx,” which drew a reaction from Rice of: “it’s whatever u wanna do bro you know how to find me.”
Clark assured Rice that he will indeed find him in Week 1.

“I hear ya brother.Thought we were all better than that. Wouldnt speak negative of you. I’ll find you!It’s not hard. God bless.”
Later in the day, Clark made a general post that read: “Life is good! More and more reasons to be excited about football! Week 1 just got even better!It’s my fault for respecting those I shouldn’t.”

Clark defended his tweets this week.

“Nothing was said,” Clark said. “If you look at it, he made a comment about a teammate that I felt like didn’t have to be made. It was just thanks for your input. His reply said something different and mine was very tasteful and classy and I said, you’re right, I’ll be there. I thought we were better than them and that’s all I was saying.”

Clark does respect Rice’s play on the field.

“I think he is an extremely good player,” Clark said. “He is definitely one of the best backs in the AFC. He can catch and run the ball. He is their guy. It starts and ends with him.”
–By Mark Kaboly

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Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

 
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