Ndamukong Suh Reportedly Being Sued $1 Million as a Result of Car Accident

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 26, 2012

Unlike many of his teammates, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was able to avoid controversy this offseason...until now.

According to NFL.com, Suh is being sued for $1 million by Saadia Van Winkle, a woman who was in the vehicle with the star when he got into a car accident in December 2011.

Off-field issues have become a huge issue for the Lions this offseason, but this most recent incident is far different from the others.

While it won't affect the team (unless the NFL chooses to impose penalties on Suh—something that hasn't yet been reported), it most definitely will hurt Suh's bank account if the ruling does not go in his favor.

He's had to deal with massive fines from the NFL before, but never anything to this extent.

The report states that the 25-year-old sack machine "engaged in negligence, reckless driving and intentional infliction of emotional distress..."

Negligence and reckless driving are common terms associated with high-impact, one-car accidents, but the "intentional infliction of emotional distress" part of the report is the most concerning.

Sarah Nelson, Van Winkle's attorney, stated that Suh was "screaming at her [client] to get out of the car and telling her she's not hurt."

If those allegations are indeed true, Suh could find himself in more hot water than he thought he would be in after crashing his 1970 Chevrolet coupe in Portland.

Here are multiple pictures from the accident (via the Detroit Free Press).

Even if they are not true, the statement doesn't portray Suh in a way that his employers would be too pleased about. As we have come to learn, the public is very unforgiving in their opinion.

Only time will tell whether Suh has to pay up, but he won't be put on the street either way. While $1 million is nothing to joke about, the former Nebraska star is in the midst of a five-year, $68 million contract that he signed with the Lions after he was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

No matter which way this case goes, Lions management surely won't be happy with another player making headlines again following an absolutely dreadful summer of boneheaded problems.