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Frank Clark, the subject of much controversy since being selected by the Seahawks in the second round of the NFL Draft last week, spoke to the media today following the team’s first rookie mini-camp practice.

Clark declined to go into details of the incident in which he was initially arrested on suspicion of domestic violence (he later plead to disorderly conduct). But he said he has learned from what happened pledged that he will make Seattle coaches and fans proud. He also talked about his first practice and other topics.

Here’s a transcript:

On how his first day went: “It went great. It feels good to be back out here playing football, doing what I love to do. Just incredible. I’m blessed. I haven’t played football since November and just being back out here and the Seattle Seahawks giving me an opportunity to play the game I love once again, I can’t ask for much more. I shouldn’t be here. I come from a rough town in Los Angeles California and Cleveland and everything that I’ve been through these last several months and throughout my life it’s amazing how I’m still here. I’ve got the organization to thank, the fans, the 12s as we call them and basically coach Pete Carroll and the whole staff for believing in me.”

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On if when he went out there he got a sense of what he is up against football-wise: “Oh yeah. Although we’re not with the vets right now just rookies and guys who need more work and everything I get that sense. The competition level is heavy. Guys is competing every down. It’s guys competing for a job. That’s why we’re here, to compete for a job and get everyone better, to compete for a Super Bowl this year.”

On what this week has been like emotionally: “It’s gone well. My whole thing was just getting down here. I was tired of sitting in Michigan. I’ve been in Michigan just training and getting ready to get down here and compete for a job. That’s why we’re here.”

On if it matters what people say about him: “It matters because at the end of the day you don’t want to be labeled as what some call a woman beater or things of that nature but at the same time it doesn’t bother me because I know what I did and what I didn’t do. I don’t’ want to get into the specifics of the case but at the end of the day the coaches and the staff here they had the faith in drafting me and they did their job in what they did and they showed faith in me.”

On how he would characterize what happened on the night of the incident: “Basically, I put myself in a bad position. I shouldn’t have been in that position anyway. It shouldn’t have got to the point where it got and we shouldn’t have be talking about it.”

On if there has been anything written or said he would like to refute: “Not really. They’re going to write what they want to write. At the end of the day, I know what happened. It’s only two people that really know what happened. The case played out how it played out, and hopefully it showed what happened, the truth of that. I’ve been honest and up front this whole time as much as I can. Everything I’ve said to the coaches to everyone who’s questioned me about it, I’ve been honest and up front from the very beginning. That’s all I can do.”

On what he has to do to get ready football-wise: “Just prepare mentally. I think it’s a mental game more than physical. Once you’re mentally strong enough to handle this game, to handle the pressure of playing in the NFL, it’s the highest level. I just talked to a couple of my teammates and I just told them, we made it to this point, there’s no higher you can go. I’ve been playing the game for about 15 years of my life and every year, those 15 until this point, I used to pray, I used to pray, I used to pray to make it. I’ve made it and I’m thankful. I’m nowhere near a complete player or a complete person, but at the same time I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

On what the Seahawks are doing to help him: “A lot of the things they’re doing is just helping me mentally, just talking to me and staying on me. And when I say staying on me it’s not in a bad way it’s in a good way. Just making sure that I’m in the best position to be successful. That’s what people do when they care about you.”

On if he understands why this is such a big issue: “Yes, yes. I believe this whole thing about DV, I believe it’s a major thing. I believe no woman, nobody in specific should go through it. Like I said, myself personally, in my case I believe I put myself in a bad position.”

On if he worried that he wouldn’t get drafted: “I thought about it every night, but you know, that inspired me to work harder. I knew at the end of the day, you know, I have a lot of faith in God, and I knew at the end of the day that no matter what God was going to handle it in his bests interests.”

On what he would say to Seahawks’ fans: “I owe a lot to them because we know how strong the fans, the 12s, believe in the Seahawks. And you know I owe a lot to them. One thing I’m going to do is make them proud. You know, I believe they for the most part have stood by me during this whole time, you know, they’ve been very supportive and they really looking for me… They see a lot of hopes in me and I’m going to make them proud.”

On if he is a different person now than before the incident: “I’d just say mentally. You know when you go through what I’ve been through these last couple of months, I mean, a weak person would have folded. But I stayed mentally strong. You know, I’m mentally solid and all I can do is push forward. I can’t go back in the past and change things. If I could, I would. I would change a lot of things, but at the same time I can’t. All I can do is progress from here. I can move forward and I can continue to become a better person.”

On what he would say to people who have questions and doubts about the incident: “Basically that I’m a great guy. I’m still a kid in some people’s eyes. I’m 21 years old, turn 22 June 14. I’m not complete. I’m not a complete person. I’m not the perfect person a lot of people look at, how they look at it. I’m a person that’s still learning. I’m a player who is still learning. I’m a player who still needs coaching. I’m a person that still needs to get talked to by my elders and still taught the way of life because I don’t know it all. I believe I’ve got a lot of people here. I believe I’ve got a lot of people on my team that’s helping me do that.”

On what Pete Carroll has told him the last week: “The biggest thing is just stay sharp. You know, he’s always told me since the pick up basically just to… that it’s going to be a rocky road, but to just stay mentally strong.”

On what he would say to people troubled reading the police report: “You know, you’ve got the police report out there, but at the same time I don’t think it would have played out the way it played out if a lot of people believed that was how it really happened. I just want to gain the trust of the fans. I want to gain the trust of my coaching staff as far as playing on the field. And I want to gain the trust of everyone, all my fans, and the viewers watching personally. Like I said, I’m not a bad person at all. I’m a great person. I’m a family person. I’m a great guy to be around and I just want to gain the trust of the 12s and everyone else in Seahawks nation.”

On what he would have done differently that night if he could: “I don’t want to get into specifics of that. Basically the main thing, when you say you put yourself in a bad position, it can go a lot of different way. I could say, I shouldn’t have even drove down there. I could have stayed in Michigan. It could have went a lot of ways. I don’t really want to get in the specifics of that, but I believe the case played out the way it played out for a reason.”

On if he is looking forward to putting the incident behind him: “As of right now, it’s put behind me. I’ve moved on with my future. I can’t focus on my past and expect to move on with my future. I’m going to have 60, 70 other guys I’ve got to play for, and hopefully on Sundays who I’m going to have to make plays for. I can’t continue to dwell on the past, I can’t continue to remind myself of my past, because I have rocky past. It was tough, starting from the time I was born until now. All I can do is progress, and that’s what I plan on doing.”

On how rocky that past was: “It was very rocky. It’s amazing. I sent out a Tweet about a week ago, I said, ‘at the age of 11 I was homeless, and at the age of 21, I was a second-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks. I mean if it don’t get rockier than that, I don’t know what else to tell you.”

On if it is imperative now for him to give back: “Yeah. I look forward to giving back, specifically to communities in Los Angeles, California and Cleveland, Ohio. Superficially to the Glenville area in Cleveland, Ohio and the Baldwin Village area in Los Angeles, in which I grew up and was raised. I just want to give back to the kids who didn’t have nothing, and to the kids who have things. I’m not a big fan of saying, ‘well, I’m going to just give back to poverty-stricken neighborhoods.’ I want to give back to those kids who look up to people like me, who look up to people in the NFL who have similar stories to mine.”

On the circumstances of him being homeless: “My whole life in California, me and my mother struggled. I had older brothers, two older brothers, that were sent away at young ages. They were into gangs and things of that nature. I found my father seeing me going down that same path. My mother not working a job and not being able to provide for us financially, it led us to be homeless. We didn’t have nothing. So every day, whether it was practice or whether it was just me finding a meal, it was a struggle. I remember days I was walking, nights walking, we didn’t have nowhere to stay. That inspired me to be who I am today.”

On when did it turn positively: “When she sent me to Cleveland. When she first told me I was moving to Cleveland, I didn’t know what Cleveland was. I got on a map, I got on Google, I’m trying to find Cleveland. I thought it was in Chicago or something. My first time seeing cows was when I was getting off the plane in Cleveland. I’d never seen cows before. I’d never left the city of LA before up until the age of 12. It was just life changing. By the time I got to Cleveland is when my life kind of flipped and everything started going up from there.”

How is your fitness, your legs? “I feel good. I was cramping out there today. I wasn’t used to this weather. I was used to being in Michigan. It’s a little colder. But I feel good right now. My weight is real good, I felt solid. That’s what matters most. No matter what your weight is as long as you feel happy in that, and I feel real good right now.”

On coming off the field for a while: “It was cramps, no injuries. You see I’m walking good. Everything’s good, I’m moving good. No injuries, no nothing, just cramps. Typically. They told me, You drunk too much water, not enough Gatorade. The moment I came off the field I had all these bottles of stuff in my hand, I’m drinking lemon lime juices and all this different stuff I’ve never drunk before. But it’s all for the best for me.”