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
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Words that appear on Stevie Clark's new website — difference maker, servant-leader and giver.

Words that don't — suspended, arrested and dismissed.

The latest chapter in the Stevie Clark drama is playing out online. Over the weekend, a website touting the former Oklahoma State point guard was launched. It is called IAmStevieClark.com, and it highlights “The Person”, “The Player” and “The Point”.

“The purpose of this site,” it says in the section titled “The Point”, “was developed to highlight Stevie Clark as a person with a vision and a plan to reach his full potential and add value in ALL environments.”

I've read that sentence half a dozen times, and in all seriousness, I'm not entirely sure what it means. Seems like a decent amount of mumbo jumbo.

But I have a pretty good idea what the website means: Clark is trying to rehab his reputation.

Hard to blame him. The fall has been fast and furious.

Rewind to this time last year, and Clark was the biggest thing going in Oklahoma high school basketball. Then in his senior season at Douglass, he was in the midst of a historic season. He would score his 3,000th career point, joining an elite club. He would finish with 3,312 points, ranking fifth in state history. And he would lead the Trojans to their fourth consecutive state title.

Clark was a sight to behold in that championship game. He scored 51 points, and he did it in every way imaginable. Driving to the basket. Pulling up in transition. Getting to the free-throw line. Hitting threes.

He had nine 3-pointers that afternoon at State Fair Arena, and a bunch of them were from deeeeeep.

The estimate on one of them: 35 feet.

Clark had the basketball world at his feet, and when Marcus Smart announced a month or so later that he was returning to OSU, it seemed like a great situation for Clark. Play alongside Smart. Learn from Smart. Then when Smart left Stillwater, Clark would be ready to be a star.

That vision unraveled over a 10-week period this season.

In late November, Clark was suspended by Travis Ford and sent home from Florida for violating team rules. Then on Jan. 1, he was arrested in Edmond for possession of marijuana. Then on Feb. 2, he was arrested in Stillwater on a complaint of “outraging public decency”; Stillwater police arrested him after receiving a call about a man urinating out of a vehicle window.


by Jenni Carlson
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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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