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Terrell Suggs: "These are the most arrogant pricks in the world starting with Belichick on down."— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 21, 2013
Suggs: "That's funny, ever since SpyGate they haven't been able to win."— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 21, 2013
Obviously the emotions of the game have this kind of impact. Factor in this being:
1. A trip to the Super Bowl,
2. On the road in New England, and
3. Facing Brady and the Pats for a second straight year, Suggs' comments are unsurprising.
As for how these comments will come back to bite Suggs, more than one way is possible.
The first is Roger Goodell.
The commissioner is so strict on everything, a fine is rightfully expected. After all, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com back in November, referee Tony Corrente was fined for the mic picking up an expletive remark:
The NFL announced Friday that referee Tony Corrente has been fined a game check for his actions Nov. 4 in Indianapolis when the Colts faced the Miami Dolphins.
And that was a legitimate flop by the ref.
Should Suggs be fined, however?
No, because it didn't happen on the field and he was walking into the locker room. It's not like the guy blurted this out directly to anyone from the Pats immediately after the game. Although for anyone that has ever played football, regardless of level, trash talk is quite common on the gridiron.
On the bright side, Suggs did display respect in a postgame interview.
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The second thing Suggs will get is the impact of karma. Yes, it sounds weird and corny, but consider this extra fuel for the San Francisco 49ers.
It's not so much bulletin board material as it is a reason to enter Super Bowl XLVII better prepared to face Baltimore's defense. Include what Robert Griffin III was able to accomplish as a dual-threat against the Ravens—276 total yards, one touchdown—Colin Kaepernick has proven to be on another level.