Ndamukong Suh has been heavily scrutinized his entire career for being one some believe to be a dirty player.
After his ejection from the Lions Thanksgiving day game for stomping on an opposing player, many have jumped on board with this perception.
Moments ago, Suh issued an apology via Facebook.
"In the past few hours, I have had time to reflect on yesterday’s game and I want to sincerely apologize for letting my teammates down, the organization, and especially to my fans who look to me for positive inspiration.
Playing professional sports is not a game. It is a profession with great responsibility, and where performance on and off the field should never be compromised. It requires a calm and determined demeanor, which cannot be derailed by the game, referee calls, fans or other players.
I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional—on and off the field. My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning."
I applaud Suh for issuing this apology, but it's still no excuse for his actions. He still needs to face a bigger punishment for what occurred.
Head coach Jim Schwartz already made it known that he does not plan on punishing Suh for his actions.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is known for coming down hard on players who do not perform up to his expectations on the field.
He has no problem fining players for celebrations or hits that are questionable.
Hopefully, he will do more than issue just a fine for Suh. This is an offense that is clearly suspendable in the eyes of fans across the country.
The last time a similar situation occurred, Albert Haynesworth suffered a five-game suspension for stomping on the head of an opposing player.
A message needs to be sent to Suh. Whether it's a one-game suspension or one that lasts the remainder of the season, something needs to be done.
We have all scrutinized for Goodell coming down to hard on players. Hopefully, he doesn't fail to live up to those opinions in this situation.