It’s Thanksgiving, so surely you watched a little NFL football on this glorious day. Did you happen to see the first game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers? Did you happen to notice the egregious indiscretion that Ndamukong Suh laid onto Evan Dietrich-Smith?
Well, you can check it out here. Suh decided that Dietrich-Smith (recently married?) was a little too physical with him, so he decided to smash his head into the turf repeatedly and then blatantly kick him after he stood up. Not a great idea for a player who was already voted the dirtiest player in the league.
He was, of course, ejected from the game and will most certainly be facing a stiff fine and a suspension. But, his explanation is almost worse than the crime.
“What I did was remove myself from the situation the best way that I felt in me being held down in the situation that I was in,” Suh said. “My intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not. [I was] removing myself, as you see, I’m walking away from the situation. And with that I apologize to my teammates, and my fans and my coaches for putting myself to be in position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game.”
Ok…sure thing. But, you do realize there is tape on this, right? We happen to be big fans of Suh, but even we can’t defend this nonsense.
“I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down,” Suh said. “As I’m getting up, I’m getting pushed so I’m getting myself unbalanced… With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, … but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did.”
Ummm….yeah. And everyone that saw the tape knows what you did, and you are far from innocent. Again, we are Suh fans and even we can’t defend this.
“I understand in this world because of the type of player and type of person I am, all eyes are on me,” Suh said. “So why would I do something to jeopardize myself, jeopardize my team, first and foremost? I don’t do bad things. I have no intentions to hurt someone. If I want to hurt him, I’m going to hit his quarterback as I did throughout that game.”
You actually do do bad things, Ndamukong. Some of it falls into the category of playing hard and being aggressive, but this is not one of those times.
“If I see a guy stepping on somebody I feel like they’re going to lean into it and forcefully step on that person or stand over that person,” Suh said. “I’m going in the opposite direction to where he’s at.”
Yeah, ok. Suh’s production is down quite a bit this season and maybe that has a lot to do with double teams. But, the bottom line is that his production is declining while his dirty play is increasing.