Former Michigan defensive end Frank Clark has not enjoyed the best reputation in recent years. The Seattle Seahawks defender was accused of domestic violence in 2014 and, since then, has been criticized for unleashing a NSFW rant against Cam Newton. Now, Clark has been kicked out of Seahawks training camp practice due to a “flying punch” against teammate and offensive lineman Germain Ifedi.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune brings a specific, detailed account of what transpired and also included the tidbit that Clark had to virtually be escorted to the locker room by an assistant coach because of his fury.
Justin Britt and Rees Odhiambo were the first two to come to the defense of Pericak, their fellow offensive linemen. Then all Hades broke loose. Clark got into the fray with a flying punch that glanced off the mosh pit. Pushing and shoving followed. Coaches intervened. For the moment it was calm enough to reset for the next snap.
Then Ifedi, not in for the next snap, charged into a gaggle of defensive ends and tackles standing off the side of the drill. That’s when Clark jumped in, as if off a top rope of a pro wrestling ring.
But his flying punch was absolutely real. And damaging.
George Fant, Ifedi’s offensive tackle partner on the opposite side of the Seahawks’ line, noticed how his fellow offensive linemen came to Ifedi’s defense. That created the second, final brawl that Carroll ended.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll later addressed the incident between Clark and Ifedi, expressing his dismay with what happened.
Given the alleged pattern of behavior (Clark was also in a fight with offensive lineman Luke Joeckel earlier this week), this is not a good look for Clark or the Seahawks organization. It remains to be seen if there will be further discipline, but with the amount of coverage that the incident has triggered across the country, it would not be a shock if the franchise chose to intervene in some way, even if it is not publicly reported.
Fights happen in NFL training camps but they don’t usually include a “flying punch” that could seriously injure a teammate.