Ndamukong Suh managed to grab the headlines for his dirty play in the first game of the season. I hate to say I told you so...but hey, I told you so.
A guy doesn't find himself constantly on the receiving end of multiple personal fouls and unnecessary roughness calls by accident. Suh is a bona fide dirty player, and I have the majority of Twitter to agree with me.
Our NFL analyst @SaturdayJeff says Ndamukong Suh is the dirtiest player in the NFL. RT if you agree. FAV if you disagree.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 11, 2013
In addition, former offensive lineman and current NFL analyst Jeff Saturday agrees wholeheartedly.
STRONG words from @SaturdayJeff on Ndamukong Suh: "He's a dirty player. What he does and continues to do is ridiculous."— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 10, 2013
The play in question was a questionable block on Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman John Sullivan, who was chasing after DeAndre Levy (Levy had just intercepted quarterback Christian Ponder's pass attempt). A blindsided block is one thing, but Suh appeared to go directly for Sullivan's knees, as shown in the GIF within the tweet below.
The Lions had a pick-6 called back because of an illegal block by Ndamukong Suh behind the play. GIF: http://t.co/6hBd9ryHVE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 8, 2013
The knees are a very vulnerable part of the body to dive into...
In his response, as reported by USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Sullivan took his opinion out of the equation, making it known that even though he was involved, he has "no say in the process." Sullivan was just thankful to be on the field practicing after the hit, and rightfully so.
As is undoubtedly known by football fans everywhere, this is not Suh's first offense by a long shot.
Since Ndamukong Suh entered the NFL, his penalties have cost the Lions 182 yds. That’s 2nd most of any NFL def. lineman (Tommy Kelly – 190).— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) September 11, 2013
Anyone who says that Suh got fined as much as he did because of his reputation and thinks this is unfair needs to get a clue, and whoever believes the incident is somehow Sullivan's fault (like Suh's agent) is a borderline crazy person.
Of course past offenses are going to play into the decision to fine a player...how else do you think it happens?
After taking into account the hit itself, which was an unnecessary and excessive play in and of itself, one then considers the party under fire, so to speak—in this case, a player who has a reputation as a dirty player and has been constantly flagged for personal fouls.
Suh has proved time and time again that he does not care about the well-being of his opponents and must be punished for his actions. He is not a one-time offender. He is not respected for his self-proclaimed "blue-collar" style of play.
He is a dirty player, and a dirty player is a dirty player is a dirty player.
Ndamukong Suh reportedly sitting in study drinking tea, petting teacup poodle, thinking about how misunderstood he is.— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) September 12, 2013