Seahawks’ Clark on domestic violence arrest: ‘I know what I did and didn’t do … I’ve been honest and upfront’

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RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks rookie defensive end Frank Clark said Friday he wouldn’t go into specifics of the criminal case where he was accused of hitting his girlfriend, saying simply that he had put himself “in a bad position.”

“At the end of the day, you don’t want to be labeled, as some call it, a woman beater … but at the same time it doesn’t bother me because I know what I did and didn’t do,” the second-round draft pick said after the Seahawks first day of rookie minicamp.

“I don’t want to get into specifics of the case, but at the end of the day, the coaches and staff here had faith in drafting me … basically I put myself in a bad position,” Clark said.

“At the end of the day, I know what happened. Only two people really know what happened. I’ve been honest and upfront this whole time, as much as I can. That’s all I can do.”

Clark was removed from the football program at the University of Michigan just days after he was arrested for domestic violence and assault following a November, 15, 2014, incident inside a hotel room at the Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio.

Multiple witnesses described a violent altercation between Clark and his girlfriend, including two women who were staying in the room next door.

Clark later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct after he agreed to counseling. He was given a $250 fine and will not have a domestic violence conviction on his record.

To see an earlier Q13 FOX News story on this case, click here.

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  • WendyR

    I am disappointed in Seahawks’ choice of Frank Clark. There are many other talented football players…. zero need to draft men who beat up women & then act like it is no big deal.

  • dg54321

    Hope Solo can be accused of DV and still play for months. He gets removed in days, long before any conclusion to the case one way or another.

    No conviction of DV….yet people will still call him a wife beater. So, are we equal or not, folks? Enough of the double standards and enough of the ambiguity.

    If the man did something wrong, he’s paid his debt as the court has ordered. I applaud the Seahawks for giving the guy a chance to live his life and do what he loves and paying attention to the here and now, not the past.

  • matt hemphill

    Look no one knows what happened except him and the supposed victim. If you’re a Seattle fan you can only hope that they did a thorough investigation. As a Seattle fan I hope they did. Its just time to see what he does with his chance at an NFL career.

  • The Decider

    You know what, I’m really sick and tired of women constantly being portrayed as victims. Is anyone else aware of the large numbers of domestic abuse against men by women? So much goes unreported simply because what man wants to report a girl beat them up? Give the man a chance. Let him clear his business up, clear verdict. Like DG54321 said, look at Hope solo. How is that not an issue yet these men are consistently punished and judged. I also believe Ray Rice should be given another chance. Him and Jenae are moving forward and past it. And the rest of us should take note and use these cases to draw awareness to Domestic Violence. Have these guys talk to groups about it and what it can do to ruin your life. Give them a chance to make right what they have wronged.

  • Derek

    my wife just left her job at a woman domestic violence center. she interviewed the woman, found them a job and took care of them.
    after working for six or seven months she quit. why? SHE SAID THEY DESERVE TO GET HIT. (99% of them at the shelter not all woman)
    it is a secret shelter they called their abuser within a few days or they found a new abuser. Some woman (not all of course) purposely lie to get men in trouble.yes it wrong to hit each other. although i laughed at my ex girlfriend who kicked me. made her more mad. i never called the police.
    he paid a fine $250 served time (counseling) um he has the right to work!
    by the way he makes more money than you. how does that make you feel? he pays more taxes than you. there fore he contributes to society more than you.

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