Frank Clark is a 2015 NFL Draft second-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks who plays the defensive end position. The former University of Michigan star, who has in the past been plagued with a number of off-field problems, some of which has led to his arrests, might be better known by non-football watchers as the player who offered to employ Bleacher Report writer Natalie Weiner as his fish tank cleaner following her reporting of one of his past cases.
Frank Clark is the son of Teneka and Frank Clark III. He was born on the 14th of June, 1993 in Bakersfield, California, where he lived until the age of twelve before his mother sent him to Cleveland to live with family members.
In Cleveland, Clark attended Glenville High School where he was a star player on its football team, playing a variety of positions; outside linebacker, defensive end, tight end, and safety. He was also a notable track & field athlete who competed in sprints, jumps, and hurdles. As a high school senior with the football team, Clark recorded 70 tackles and 19 sacks in defense, while also recording 12 pass receptions and 3 touchdowns in offense plays.
The young athlete’s performances earned him a three-star national rating and he went on to commit to attending the University of Michigan. In 2011, Frank Clark’s first year with the Wolverines football team, he played a total of 12 games in the linebacker position and managed 6 total tackles and 1 interception which directly led to a touchdown in the Sugar Bowl. In his sophomore year, despite having been suspended from the team for a while for felony second-degree home invasion, Clark recorded 25 tackles (16 solo), 9 tackles for loss, and 2 quarterback sacks.
As a junior, Clark put on massive amounts of weight but was still able to retain his speed. He was then moved to play in the defensive end position where he recorded 42 tackles (19 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. His performance earned him a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches but however just an honorable mention selection by the media. He carried on his performances into his final collegiate year where he managed 41 tackles (29 solo), 13 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks in just 10 games before being dismissed from the team for an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.
Despite all the negativity that his off-field shenanigans had brought to him, Frank Clark was drafted in the second round as the 63rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Who is Frank Clark’s Girlfriend?
Frank was in the news in late 2014 after he was arrested for domestic violence and assault on his then-girlfriend, Diamond Hurt, who he had been vacationing with along with her younger siblings at a hotel in Sandusky, Ohio.
According to the police report, the couple got into an argument while laying down on the bed together. The argument soon later turned into an altercation as Hurt said she hurled a television remote control at Clark. The football player then responded by restraining her on the bed which led to her biting him on the nose. When Clark eventually let loose of Hurt and got off the bed, the confrontation escalated, prompting Clark to allegedly punch her in the face as she fell backward and broke a lamp in the room. She reacted to the punch by throwing an alarm clock at him as he left the room.
Noise from the altercation had by this time been heard by hotel staff and guests, who called the police to the scene. Hotel manager Stephanie Burkhardt in her statement to police said that when she approached the college athlete, he threatened to hit her like he hit his girlfriend. After having questioned everybody involved, Clark who had maintained that he did not punch his girlfriend, was handcuffed and booked at the Erie County Jail even though Ms. Hurt was not looking to press charges in order not to hurt her boyfriend’s chances of getting into the NFL, which has a campaign against domestic violence.
In reaction to the incident, the Michigan football team dismissed Frank Clark the following day. A few months later, before the 2015 NFL Draft, the prosecutor’s office reduced the charge to disorderly conduct, which Clark pleaded guilty to. He was further made to pay a fine of $250.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Frank Clark’s pre-draft measurables were: a height of 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 m, upon which he weighs 123 kg or 271 pounds. He has an arm length of 34 3⁄8 inches (0.87 m) while hand size measures 10 1⁄8 inches (0.26 m). His other body measurements like his biceps, chest, and waist measurement have not been publicly disclosed at this time.