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.
In addition, former offensive lineman and current NFL analyst Jeff Saturday agrees wholeheartedly.
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 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.
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.