Ndamukong Suh Kicks Matt Schaub in Groin in Another Thanksgiving Day Controversy

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's getting hard to give Ndamukong Suh the benefit of the doubt.

On a play that will surely be dissected this week and looked over by the league office, it appeared that Suh kicked Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub in the groin during a first-quarter play after tripping over an offensive lineman while pass-rushing.

UPDATE: Friday, November 23 at 12:55 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Ray Anderson, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, will review the incident and decide on a form of discipline.

Suh could be subjected to severe punishment based on his previous history. Anderson told the media: 

Repeat offenders are going to run out of benefit of the doubt faster than someone who is a first-time offender. If I were a judge in the courtroom, and you're in for a third-time DUI, I'm going to look at that differently than if this is your first DUI -- even if you didn't maim anybody.

Considering Suh's past incidents that includes suspensions and fines, things do not look good for the defensive tackle.

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You be the judge.

When I initially saw the play, it seemed his momentum from the trip had simply resulted in his legs swinging toward Schaub in an awkward manner. I still believe that was initially the case.

But look at the very end of the movement. Not to get all Warren Commission on everyone, but it certainly looks as though he alters the natural trajectory of his leg and clearly gives Schaub a rather distinct love tap with his left foot.

If that's the case, it's not only an incredibly weak move on Suh's part, but he can also expect he'll at least be fined for the transgression.

It's not the first time Suh has pulled something this stupid on Thanksgiving. Who could forget his incomprehensible stomp to Evan Dietrich-Smith from the Green Bay Packers and subsequent ejection?

He was suspended two games for that bozo move. He was fined four times between the 2010 regular season and 2011 preseason. And if you think current and former players haven't noticed, think again.

Boomer Esiason wouldn't so much as shake his hand (via Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk):

CBS' Boomer Esiason on Ndamukong Suh: "I would never shake this guy's hand. Once again he crossed the line & it's obvious it's on purpose."

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) November 22, 2012

Oh, and he's also been voted the NFL's dirtiest player for the second straight year in a poll conducted by The Sporting News and voted on by NFL players.

If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does. Suh is a talented player, but he needs to show his colleagues some respect. Purposefully trying to injure people using such dirty tactics is not only dangerous, it's deplorable.

Suh needs to clean his act up. If he doesn't, somebody is eventually going to clean his clock, and there won't be many players shedding any tears for him when it happens.


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