Ndamukong Suh and the Car Crash Heard Round the World

Brendan O'HareContributor IDecember 6, 2011

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 02 : Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines before the Pac-12 Championship game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on December 2, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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I enjoy a good conspiracy theory, but I am not sure if I can get by the sudden hysteria surrounding the Ndamukong Suh car crash extravaganza.

According to KGW, two female passengers have come out and said that they were in fact hurt, contradicting Suh's original 911 call to police. They said Suh was driving recklessly, contradicting Suh's original 911 call to police.

They essentially took the phone call, added and insinuated their own insight, and turned the Suh car crash into the most infamous one since Tiger Woods' tree halted his escape from his wife.

Everything about this troubles me.

The headlines (which basically say that Suh is a flat-out heathen), Suh, the women involved, the police, the police report, the media coverage—everything but the Chevrolet Coupe Suh was driving. It just seems like another exaggerated chapter in Ndamukong Suh's 2011—a year where Suh has turned into column fodder for the problems of America's youth.

I don't want to defend anyone. I feel like information is either being withheld or hyperbolic. It wouldn't surprise me if the women are attempting to get Suh to pay their "medical bills," the way so many celebrities have been tricked before.

Why wait until now to let the story be heard? Why leave "before police arrived because a crowd was gathering and taking pictures." How does that make sense? How were they magically whisked away, especially after being "intimidated" by Suh, and suffering "bruising and soreness...a cut to her forehead and a black eye."

There is just something fishy about that to me.

It's easy to go after someone like Suh, who has a penchant for professional violence and is his employer's current scapegoat.

Then again, how do you defend Suh, who was driving around at one in the morning during his suspension. Where is the common sense, the repentance? If not for your actions, at least for the team you can't be in contact with. It is the classic old-person adage that nothing good happens at night, but for once, I may have to side with that.


Show some sense, Ndamukong. You shouldn't be driving around during the wee hours of the night during your suspension. It's called not being a dumb ass. As for the police force of Portland, Oregon, can't they be held accountable for some of it? The hometown hero crashing into a tree? Who wants to report that?

I don't think Ndamukong was driving while intoxicated, mainly because he was able to spell his first name correctly on the 911 call, something a drunk person could never do. But it wouldn't shock me to hear that he was driving aggressively, as the two women have said. Then again, you don't know how trustworthy those women are, who were probably intoxicated off the moscato and wealth of Suh. It all seems too calculated.

What would Suh be trying to cover up? Why would he just lie to the police about something like that? It doesn't add up, so something has to be missing. Maybe Suh believed the women's injuries were not severe enough for recognition. Why would the women just leave the crime scene like that, if they were so hurt that they needed to take their cause to the streets?

It doesn't make Suh look good, that's for sure. He's out late carousing during the weekend of his suspension, given due to a foot stomp. He doesn't appear to be the same boy from the Chrysler commercial anymore, but whether he deserves that fate is certainly up for debate.