Ndamukong Suh Fined $100K for Low Block on Vikings' John Sullivan
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 for a low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reports:
Suh fined 100 grand by NFL, Bleacher Report has learned from an NFL source.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 10, 2013
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer initially reported that the NFL was considering the hefty $100,000 fine:
Sources tell me NFL is considering a whopping $100,000 fine for Lions' Suh for hit this weekend— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 10, 2013
Suh appealed, but the fine was upheld.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 11
From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Ndamukong Suh's $100,000 fine for his hit on Vikings C John Sullivan has been upheld by appeals officer Matt Birk. League sources— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 11, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Ndamukong Suh will likely be suspended for the next egregious flagrant foul, per a league source. As a repeat offender, increased scrutiny— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept 13:
From the NFL Network's Albert Breer:
Ndamukong Suh's appeal hearing on his $100,000 fine, scheduled for today, has been postponed.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 13, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh’s appeal of his $100,000 fine for a low block will be held Friday via conference call.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
MLive.com's Kyle Meinke passed along statements from Ndamukong Suh's teammates discussing Suh's apology to the team:
"He was sincere about it," tailback Joique Bell said. "He said he knows he has a lot of red dots on his back, which means we're going to have a lot of red dots on our backs. We'll be scrutinized for every little thing we do.
"He apologized to Levy as well in front of the team. Levy accepted it. So if he can accept it, everybody should be able to accept it."
Meinke continued with a statement from Nate Burleson:
"He just basically said he can't make those kinds of mistakes, and can't put us in a position where we got to battle back from mistakes like that," Burleson said of Suh's mea culpa. "He also said with him having a target, and people looking for him, they're looking at us in the same light. So as a team, we got to understand the microscope is on us.
"But after he was done a few of us screamed out, 'We love you, Suh.' So, we're family. I think we hugged, kissed after that. Sang Kumbaya. We're all good, baby."
Brian Murphy of TwinCities.com shared sentiments from Vikings center John Sullivan as well:
"Yeah, he apologized," Sullivan said. "Said there was no intent to injure. It's fine."
"I think guys get caught up in the plays sometimes," Sullivan said. "It's hard to even remember what you do when you get caught up in the moment. I appreciate the fact he came up to me and said something."
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
From ESPN's Ed Werder:
I'm told that Suh appeal likely to be based on $100K fine excessive even under NFL system of escalating discipline since previous fine $30K— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 11, 2013
Suh appeal heard by Ted Cotrell or Matt Birk. Potential conflict of interest claim if Birk since he - like John Sullivan - was Viking C.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 11, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 10
BRTV weighs in on whether or not Suh's fine was too harsh:
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 10
NFL.com's Albert Breer says Merton Hanks has notified Suh of the $100k fine. From NFL.com's Dan Hanzus:
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh on Tuesday that he has been fined $100,000 for his unnecessary roughness penalty in the Detroit Lions' 34-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
The play that resulted in the hefty fine occurred early in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy intercepted a pass and took it back for a touchdown, only to have the score nullified due to a penalty on Suh.
He was called for an illegal low block, a personal foul costing the Lions 15 yards and a touchdown. Instead of taking the lead, the Lions failed to score on the ensuing drive as Matthew Stafford threw an interception of his own.
Suh said after the game that he wasn't going for the knees, according to Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports Detroit:
#Lions Suh: I wasn't by any means going for his knees. He knows that. We had a great conversation about it at halftime. He understood.— Dana Wakiji (@FSDwakiji) September 8, 2013
Detroit eventually came back to win, 34-24, but that could have been a major turning point. Still, the play has now cost the star defensive tackle financially.
Suh is no stranger to controversy, of course. For every key play he makes, which is the main reason the Lions continue to stick with him, there's usually also a head-shaking moment.
In 2011, he was involved in an incident during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. He got in a physical altercation with Evan Dietrich-Smith and proceeded to stomp on him as he walked away. He was suspended for two games.
Last season, his actions in the Thanksgiving game were once again brought into question. The league fined him $30,000 after kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin, even though Suh said it wasn't intentional.
Often, the line between playing hard and playing dirty is quite thin. Based on the string of punishments, the league clearly believes Suh is crossing it too often. Whether it will actually get him to change his approach is yet to be seen.
One thing's for sure: The NFL will continue to watch his actions closely.
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