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Stevie Clark's reputation rehab should include admission of his mistakes

Words that appear on Clark's new website — difference maker, servant-leader and giver. Words that don't — suspended, arrested and dismissed.
by Jenni Carlson Published: February 24, 2014

The next day, Clark was booted from the team.

He went from one of the most sought-after recruits in the country to a castoff freshman trying to find a soft landing spot.

There's talk that he could follow his younger football-playing brother, Deondre, to LSU. Deondre indicated as much when he signed with the Tigers earlier this month, saying that the LSU basketball team was interested in Stevie.

Maybe that will all work out, but the launch of would seem to indicate that more rehab might be necessary. Having three off-court issues during the course of a career is a lot. Having them in less than three months is a serious red flag.

I mean, after being suspended then arrested, wouldn't most players do everything in their power to keep their nose clean?

Instead, Clark gets arrested for peeing out a car window.

That doesn't mean he's a bad person, but at a minimum, he's acted like a knucklehead. And unless Clark had shown himself to be the second coming of LeBron, coaches are going to think long and hard about taking a chance on a proven dimwit.

Hence, the website. It highlights Clark's community service, including reading to children and serving meals to the homeless. It chronicles his athletic accomplishments. It shows lots of pictures of him in happier, better days.

What the site doesn't include is anything from Clark about what went down at OSU. No explanation. No apology.

You want to start to change the perception that people have about you? Come clean about everything that happened. Say that there's no excuse for the bad behavior. Insist that you've learned your lesson. Promise that you'll do everything to make the most of the next opportunity given to you.

If he addressed those issues, it wouldn't guarantee that his reputation would be rehabbed. But ignoring them all but guarantees that questions and concerns will remain. Ignoring them raises the question whether Stevie Clark has learned anything at all.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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