Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews insists that a quick background shows he is not a dirty player, contrary to what San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to suggest.
It was Matthews’ first session with reporters since Harbaugh described Matthews’ hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a “clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback’s six, seven feet out of bounds.”
But Matthews said he could recall being fined only once during his career for an on-field incident — a facemask penalty against Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2010 that resulted in a $5,000 fine.
“I think my résumé is pretty good right now,” Matthews said. “I think we’re doing all right.”
Nonetheless, Matthews conceded it was not a smart play.
Matthews has been fined $15,000 for last Sunday’s hit on Kaepernick in the second quarter of the game, which the 49ers won, 34-28.