Ndamukong Suh Is Accused of Playing Dirty: Should He Be Suspended?
Sports 2011/11/29 20:00:00
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been accused of being a dirty football player since entering the NFL last season. On Thanksgiving, he proved his critics right after he shoved Green Bay Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith to the ground, roughed him up after the whistle and stomped on him. He was then ejected from the game.
Five days later, the NFL has not revealed what punishment Suh will face as of press time, but various reports indicate he will serve at least a two-game suspension. After a hot start, the Lions are 7-4. Suh may be one of the reasons the Lions have seen a franchise rebirth in 2011. But if they miss the playoffs he might also have to bear part of the responsibility.
The Lions are expected to issue a $25,000 fine for Suh's ejection, too. But keep in mind that this is not his first run-in with the league. Suh has been fined before and even met with commissioner Roger Goodell to smooth things over — so much for that now. With a big contract and pricey endorsement deals with companies such as Subway, if Suh doesn't clean up his act he could be losing a lot more than 25 grand and two game checks.
Judging by his post-game reaction, saying there was no malicious intent and denying what actually happened, it seems like Suh and the Lions franchise have some growing up to do. On the bright side, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Suh called Goodell to apologize for his actions last week. The bad news? You only get the benefit of the doubt so many times in the NFL. What do you think: Should he be suspended?
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