The defensive tackle of the Detroit Lions was accused of not only sideswiping another car on the road, but also engaging in a verbal confrontation with the driver afterwards.
Steve Vines told Amy Lange of Fox 2 News that he was on his way to work when a driver in a black Range Rover hit him while merging onto a ramp. The driver then left the scene, driving into the Lions practice facility.
After the police were called, Suh started yelling at Vines:
"That's when he said, 'I advise you to leave, now.' And I said, 'I'm not going anywhere. I talked to the police.' (He said), 'I don't care what they said. You need to get out of here.' And then he said, 'I'm advising you to leave, now.'"
While it was not exactly a threat, there were certainly better ways to handle the situation. He is fortunate that no tickets will be issues in this case, according to Dave Pickett of the Detroit Free Press.
Dearborn police say the traffic incident involving Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is closed, no tickets will be issued.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 12, 2012
This is not the first trouble that the All-Pro has had on the road. He was also hit with a lawsuit over the summer after apparently injuring a passenger in a car crash (via ESPN). The suit also states that he lied to 911 operators following the accident.
Car trouble alone does not necessarily hurt a players image, but this makes the second time that he has failed to handle the matter responsibly. Pair this with his issues on the field and you have a problem.
Suh was suspended for two games last season after stomping on the arm Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving game. Although he had been fined a number of times prior, this was a nationally televised game. It gave fans across the country a look into the negative side of the talented player.
This view of the defensive tackle is not only coming from outsiders. The Sporting News held a poll asking 111 NFL players, "Who is the dirtiest player in the league?" Ndamukong Suh received 36 percent of the vote, four times the next closest player.
The 25-year-old has a tremendous amount of talent and could be one of the best at his position for years to come. Still, issues with his bad attitude keep coming up more and more often.
Teams around the league are no longer tolerating this type of behavior among star athletes. Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress are all no longer in the league because they became more of a negative distraction than a positive influence on the field.
Unless things change soon, it is only a matter of time until the Lions reach that level with Suh.
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