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Ryan Clark calls out Steelers fans for hypocrisy on Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis

The Steelers safety compares his quarterback to the retiring Ravens star, and Steelers fans aren't going to like what he has to say.

Jared Wickerham

Hey, everybody, check out the Pandora's Box Steelers safety Ryan Clark just opened!

It's sad that all the Steeler fans who get upset when people speak on Ben's situation continually bring up Ray Lewis' case. #glasshouse

As a writer, I love comments like this. There's nothing you can do but laugh and rub your hands together in anticipation. For those not aware of the context, Ray Lewis has, for years, been one of the highest-profile personalities on the Steelers' chief rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis was charged with murder in 2000, and eventually pled guilty to obstruction of justice. Roethlisberger, Clark's own quarterback, was accused of -- although never charged with -- raping a woman in a nightclub bathroom in 2010.

Clark is right, of course. Neither Roethlisberger or Lewis are Boy Scouts, and that's putting it mildly. There surely is hypocrisy in the other direction as well, but many Steelers' fans' reaction to the Roethlisberger incident sounded like ... well, fans concerned about their team's quarterback, and not much else. It's a little amazing that Clark managed to frame the issue is such an incredibly inflammatory way, however, and it will be interesting to see how vicious the backlash to his comment turns out to be.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.