Clay Matthews: “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player”

Clay Matthews collars Colin Kaepernick…out of bounds. (Ben Margot / AP)

San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh may disagree, but Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews insists he’s no Ndamukong Suh in spite of Matthews’s belated, out-of-bounds hit on Colin Kaepernick last Sunday.

“Next game!” Matthews said Thursday (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette and ESPN). The Packers’ home opener is Sunday against the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III. “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player.”

Harbaugh helpfully pointed out earlier this week that the type of tackle Matthews applied was banned by the league long ago and added that, if Matthews wants to hit someone, he should use a fist rather than a slap. Matthews slapped at Joe Staley, the offensive lineman who headed for him after his contact with Kaepernick.

“Nah, I don’t have any reaction,” Matthews said of Harbaugh’s comments. “I’m on to the next game.”

Matthews declined to say whether the NFL had fined him and, according to him, he’s been fined only once. That was $5,000 for a face mask call on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2010.

“I think my résumé is pretty good right now,” Matthews said. “I think we’re doing all right.”

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Next Story
Cindy Boren · September 12, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.