Ndamukong Suh Is Bad for the NFL's Image, and League Should Take Note
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, a player who has become more renowned for borderline dirty play—or to some, downright malicious play—than anything else he does on the field, was allegedly at it again in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts.
This, from Indianapolis Star reporter Bob Kravitz:
On a Don Carey interception with 6:40 to play, Ndamukong Suh laid out Colts right tackle Winston Justice, who left the game with a concussion. Worse, Suh and his teammates stood over Justice and laughed and danced.
Per Kravitz, here's what Colts right guard Mike McGlynn had to say regarding the incident:
Totally ignorant on their part. Just childish stuff. I don't know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt, and they're out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They're good players but there's no room for that. It's disgusting, really. If that had happened to one of their players, we'd never do something like that. But that's what makes this even sweeter. That's why they lose. I hope they never win another game.
Kravitz also noted McGlynn didn't celebrate the game-winning touchdown with his team because he was "too busy jawing with Suh and some other Lions."
By now, we all know Suh's dirty reputation.
His ultra-violent play made him a hot commodity coming out of Nebraska and was the reason he burst onto the scene as a rookie.
Since then, Suh's been a ghastly black eye for the NFL precisely when it has started to make legitimate strides toward making the game safer and improving its public perception.
The league hasn't let Suh off the hook in the past, but meetings with Roger Goodell, fines and even suspensions clearly haven't gotten the point across to the super-macho defensive tackle.
He is inherently powerful and possesses the "mean streak" we always hear coaches preaching to their trenchmen.
But the late hits, unnecessary roughness and taunting can no longer be tolerated, especially with heightened player safety regulations at the forefront of the league's current PR campaign.
If what Kravitz reported is true, Suh is demonstrating blatant disrespect for the NFL and the sanctions it has imposed on the Lions defender, all while making extraneous violence a serious news story after nearly all of Detroit's outings.
Suh's a repeat offender with no signs of changing his ways.
The fact that I'm writing about his dirty play again means the NFL hasn't done enough.
The league must thoroughly examine Suh and all of his transgressions and levy a punishment that's more than a proportionally small hit to his wallet.
That is, if the NFL cares about its image.
Because Suh is certainly damaging it.
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