Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark bashes reporter after domestic violence post

By Alex Butler  |  May 10, 2017 at 4:17 PM
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May 10 (UPI) -- A Seattle Seahawks defender bashed a reporter on Twitter two years after she reported on a domestic violence incident he was involved in.

Bleacher Report's Natalie Weiner tweeted about the interaction Tuesday night. Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark sent her a tweet reading: "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."

Clark has since deleted the tweet, but Weiner preserved it with a screenshot

"Writing about domestic violence is fun and risk free," the reporter wrote on a caption for a screenshot of the tweet.

Clark attempted an apology after the interaction.

"Apologize to anyone who felt offended by my tweet earlier," Clark tweeted. "We gotta do better supporting these major issues we face in this world."

Still, he he "liked" responses to his apology from users bashing the reporter.

Weiner said the jab could be a reference to the only story she has written about Clark. That 2015 post was titled: "On Frank Clark and Blaming the Victim" and featured on SB Nation.

"Since a few people asked -- I think it's about a blog I wrote 2 years ago (!) that I shared alongside the Hardy story," Weiner tweeted.

Clark was arrested in 2014 while he was a member of the University of Michigan football team. At the time, the 21-year-old was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence and assault for an incident occurring in Sandusky, Ohio, involving his then-girlfriend.

Clark later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The defensive end is 6-foot, 2-inches and 270 pounds.

He was dismissed from the team following the arrest.

"Frank Clark has been dismissed for violating team rules from the Michigan football program," former Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement at the time. "This is a tragic situation. Our student-athletes will be held accountable when their actions fail to meet the standard we have at Michigan. There is a legal process that will occur and we respect that process."

Clark was also convicted of a 2012 second-degree felony home invasion. He missed one game for that infraction.

More recently, Weiner wrote a story about domestic violence and former Dallas Cowboys defender Greg Hardy just last week.

Clark, 23, was taken by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had three sacks during his rookie season and had 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 15 games in 2016.

Clark is due $615,000 this season in the third season of his four-year, $3.7 million rookie deal.

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