Ndamukong Suh: 'I made a mistake'
More than 24 hours after Ndamukong Suh stomped on a Green Bay Packers offensive lineman and added fuel to the fire afterward with his remarks, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle has had a chance to think about what he did.
And according to a statement released by the Lions, Suh would like to apologize.
“In the past few hours, I have had time to reflect on yesterday’s game and I want to sincerely apologize for letting my teammates down, the organization, and especially to my fans who look to me for positive inspiration,” Suh said in the statement.
“Playing professional sports is not a game. It is a profession with great responsibility, and where performance on and off the field should never be compromised. It requires a calm and determined demeanor, which cannot be derailed by the game, referee calls, fans or other players.
“I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional — on and off the field. My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning.”
The Lions, on their Web site, acknowledge that Suh faces a possible suspension from the NFL. If the team is saying the player could be suspended, it makes us believe there is a very good chance Suh will be sidelined for at least the team’s next game Dec. 4 at New Orleans.
The Lions also released a statement, another one that was a little late in getting out. What was wrong with issuing a statement Thursday night? Or Friday morning?
“The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection from yesterday’s game was unacceptable and failed to meet the level of sportsmanship we expect from our players,” the statement read.
“Ndamukong has made many positive contributions to the Lions on and off the field. We expect his behavior going forward to consistently reflect that high standard of professionalism.
“We have been in contact with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell’s office and were advised that, like any on-field matter, Thursday’s incident is subject to review by the league office and that subsequent discipline would be determined by the league office.”
The Lions expect to hear from the NFL by Tuesday about possible action. If a player is suspended, teams need to know early in the week to make adjustments.
Here is something to consider, though, why didn’t Suh apologize to Evan Dietrich-Smith, the player he stomped on after slamming his helmet into the turf?
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