Matthews responds to Harbaugh accusation.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has dismissed comments that he is a “dirty player” after his late hit on Colin Kaepernick last weekend.
The 27-year-old came under criticism from San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh after the clash on Sunday, where it was suggested that he might be a dirty player after he hit the quarterback while he was already way out of bounds.
The 49ers went on to win the heated clash 34-28, but Harbaugh was clearly unimpressed with the play after the game.
With the Packers set to take on the Washington Redskins this weekend, reporters were keen to quiz Matthews on the situation and confirm whether or not he was fined by the NFL.
While he refused to address questions specifically, he did have a response to the accusation and was keen to dismiss any notion that he was dirty.
“Next game!” Matthews yelled and then smiled as reported by ESPN. “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player.”
Matthews has since admitted that it was not a smart play, and is set to find out on Friday whether or not the league will fine him.
The linebacker has been fined once before in his career, which was in relation to an on-field incident with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler back in 2010.
“I think my résumé is pretty good right now,” Matthews added. “I think we’re doing all right.”
Green Bay will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of their opening day loss when they face the Redskins, while the 49ers will be focused on making it two wins in two when they take on the Seattle Seahawks.