Ndamukong Suh needs to offer apology of a man
If Ndamukong Suh is summoned to the NFL offices, this meeting won’t be his idea.
It will certainly be his doing, though.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle requested a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell that was held last month in New York after he was concerned he was being unfairly targeted by officials. For those with any lingering doubt, Suh cemented his reputation as a dirty (or stupid) player on Thursday when he was ejected from the Thanksgiving Day game with the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field.
Early in the third quarter of what, at the time, was a 7-0 game, Suh slammed the head of Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf three times. When he got up off him, he stomped on him with his right foot. It was a flagrant act and what that would have made Suh’s flimsy postgame explanation hilarious if it wasn’t so sad. He claimed Dietrich-Smith held him down and he pushed on him to get off.
"That's (expletive)," fellow Packers guard T.J. Lang said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He clearly had Evan by the face mask pinned to the ground. His explanation is crap. There's no room for that. It's a dumb penalty. He hurt his own team today."
Said tight end Andrew Quarless: "He was lucky I wasn't on the field. Lucky. I'm a New York guy. I don't go for that stuff. It was very unnecessary. I can understand you might get in a scuffle, but you never stomp on a guy. That's like hitting a guy when he's down. You don't do things like that. I was this close to running on the field."
Suh’s been fined three times in his career that is now 27 games old. He somehow escaped a fine earlier this month after a game in Chicago when he tore the helmet of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler off at the end of a play. No one is going to look the other way for Suh now, and he’d probably be wise to offer up the apology of a man, not more excuses.
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