Clay Matthews Isn't Dirty, Just Awesome, According to Clay Matthews

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 13, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Greenbay Packers looks on from the sidelines during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Some of you may have mistaken Clay Matthews for being dirty. It turns out he is just awesome. 

In other news, Ndamukong Suh is still profoundly dirty. 

NESN reports on what has to be the best answer to the question of whether a particular play rests in the land of the deplorable.

According to the report, a bunch of reporters took the Packers linebacker to task about a certain hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week. 

You can take a look at the play in the following video as NFL AM debates whether Matthews or Lavonte David had the dirtier hit of the week. 

A previous NESN report had some words from coach Jim Harbaugh, who had no qualms calling out Matthews for what he considers to be a "cheap shot." Per Zack Cox:

Colin scrambles out of bounds, you get the personal foul play. You talk about launching, you talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is six, seven feet out of bounds … I was kind of struck. That certainly was a cheap shot.

Pressed to answer for his flying tackle, Matthews was short but rather creative. "I’m an awesome player. I’m not a dirty player." He then continued, "I think my resume’s pretty good right now. I think we’re doing alright." 

I had really hoped his proclamation of awesomeness had included some hair-flipping like a dominant diva, but alas.

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You can see the entire interview at

That play was certainly questionable, and we will go ahead and allow the lot of you to label it a dirty one if you like. 

Still, and as NESN reminds, Matthews has been fined all of once in his five years playing for Green Bay. 

That came in a 2010 game against the Chicago Bears when Matthews was called for a facemask. After league review, Matthews was found to have "unnecessarily grabbed" at QB Jay Cutler's facemask, and a $5,000 fine was assessed, via Real GM

Unfortunately, Matthews will carry that label of "dirty" with him for the next few weeks—at least until the next big player is taken to task for a questionable hit. Our bets are on someone from the Lions. 

Judging by the interview, Matthews is done fielding questions on the subject, so we will just have to live with his explanation on the matter: There is no way he is dirty, because he is just too awesome. 


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