Larry Fitzgerald @LarryFitzgerald
Wanted to address the video circulating from Sunday: I’ve known @NdamukongSuh since his college days and he’s a close friend of mine. Quality as a person matches his quality as a player. That video is just a friend clowning with another friend. No negative intent! It's all love
In the video Fitzgerald was referencing, Suh was seen grabbing Fitzgerald's facemask and poking either at his eye or around his eye.
In a full video of the incident, however, Fitzgerald can be seen unhooking Suh's chin strip and giving him a playful push before Suh returns the favor.
Suh has a reputation as a dirty player. Among his many past transgressions:
- suspended two games for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm in 2011
- fined $30,000 for kicking Matt Schaub in the groin in 2012
- fined $100,000 for blocking John Sullivan low on an interception return in 2013
- suspended one game for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' leg in 2014
"He's a dirty player," current Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount said of Suh in January 2017, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, comments he said in November he stands by. "He's always been a dirty player. He's gonna always be a dirty player. There's no room in the game for that. At some point in time, guys have to defend themselves when [he's] doing the things that he does."
In this case, however, it appears his back-and-forth with Fitzgerald was simply a case of two friends messing around.