Unless you've either joined the Marines or been kidnapped by nuns with rulers and forced to listen to bad country music, you know about Detroit Lions LB Ndamukong Suh. Fans in the Motor City know that he plays hard. Fans in other NFL cities think he's the biggest cheap shot artist to wear a Lions uniform since Alex Karras punched that horse in "Blazing Saddles." He's been on the carpet of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell so much he's worn a hole in it. The latest incident involving Suh took place on of all days Thanksgiving at Ford Field when Detroit was hosting the Green Bay Packers.
Suh decided that he was going to stomp on the shoulder of a Green Bay player that was on the ground. It wouldn't have been so bad had he not done it in front of a nationwide audience that was busy chomping on that last bit of dark meat of turkey. That little stomp Suh did made his wallet a bit lighter, according to the NFL. He'll have to sit in time out for two games without pay.
No one is questioning his talent or his drive. It's the lack of common sense that comes into play. Stomping on a guy that's on the ground? Really?
He has a meeting Thursday with Art Shell, who is basically the league's vice principal. I think he should be locked in a room with the Kardashians and Snooki. According to ESPN, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged Suh to appeal the 2-game suspension, which would cost him more than $165K in forfeited game checks.
Usually, a hearing is held within 10 days of the filing of an appeal; however, the league has expedited Suh's case to give the Lions an answer before the Saints game. Should he begin serving the suspension immediately, Suh would miss a road game against the New Orleans Saints and a home game versus the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN's Jay Glazer reported Suh will not have to attend anger management courses as part of the suspension. He is expected to be fined an additional $50,000 by the Lions for being ejected from a game. But under the current bargaining agreement between the league and the players, he does have the right to appeal and if that is the case, he could get to suit up Sunday night against New Orleans in the Big Easy.
This is not the first run-in Suh has had with the powers that be. In the past, Suh's past fines have totaled $42,500 in his young career. $42,500. That's enough to cover your tution, housing, fees, books and meal plan at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and have money left over to go shopping, if you wanted to (and that's even if you're paying out of state tuition).
Ndamukong Suh has talent, we'll give him that. This isn't the first time he's done stuff like this in the 2011 season (remember the incident with Matt Ryan and Atlanta a while back? I'm pretty sure the Falcons are saying "Told ya so."). Mr. Suh needs to be smacked by nuns with rulers for his actions. However, his bank account is going to be a bit lighter thanks to an action he never should have taken. He talked about karma after the Falcons incident. Karma just bit him and bit hard.
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