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Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: November 26, 2011 11:31 am
 
Suh's having a hard time convincing people that stomping on a Packers player was an accident. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fallout from Ndamukong Suh's two-step on Packers gaurd Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm during the Thanksgiving Day game continues unabated. The Lions defensive tackle offered a mealy-mouthed explanation for actions that can't be categorized as anything but intentional.

"I was on top of a guy being pulled down," Suh said, according to CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco. "I was trying to get up off the ground. You see me pushing his helmet down because I was trying to remove myself from the situation. As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed, so I'm getting myself in balance and getting away from the situation. I know what I did and the man upstairs knows what I did. Not by any means [did he intentionally step on Dietrich-Smith]."

Uh-huh. Suh's words don't agree with Suh's actions.



CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Thursday that any punishments coming Suh's way (which could very well include a suspension) won't happen until the rest of the Week 12 games have been played.

But former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira, who now works for FOX Sports, thinks that Suh's "not dirty, he's filthy" and that his latest antics should lead to a multiple-game suspension.

Is Ndamukong Suh dirty?

"Suh met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently to discuss his on-field play and afterward said he had a better understanding of how to play the game within the rules. I would say he needs another lesson — or two. Maybe three."

We wrote Thursday that the league suspended Albert Haynesworth five games for stomping on the head of then-Cowboys center Andre Gurode, but we also noted that Suh's kick, while clearly dirty, unnecessary and intentional wasn't nearly as malicious or dangerous as what Haynesworth did. Then again, it's not clear Goodell weighs actual harm inflicted vs. intent when handing down sanctions.

But as PFT.com's Gregg Rosenthal points out, what Suh did was no worse than what the Vikings' Brian Robison perpetrated on an unsuspecting T.J. Lang (incidentally, also of the Packers) earlier this season when he kicked him in the family jewels. Robison was fined $20,000. Unlike Suh, however, Robison wasn't a chronic offender. Also unlike Suh, Robison apologized.


Lang, who now undoubtedly wears a cup every time he leaves the house, was asked Thursday about the play that got Suh ejected.

"That's (expletive)," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne. "He clearly had Evan by the face mask pinned to the ground. His explanation is crap. There's no room for that. It's a dumb penalty. He hurt his own team today."

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was even more unimpressed.

"He was lucky I wasn't on the field," he said. "Lucky. I'm a New York guy. I don't go for that stuff. It was very unnecessary. I can understand you might get in a scuffle, but you never stomp on a guy. That's like hitting a guy when he's down. You don't do things like that. I was this close to running on the field."

Finally, there's this from radio host and Houston Chronicle blogger Lance Zierlein, via Twitter: "Heard from some people at Nebraska that Suh was just as dirty in practice vs his own teammates. Angry dude."

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jakemarkdo
Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:36 am
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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

It should be noted after the loss to the 49ers several weeks ago, the Lions, not just Suh, have lost their poise and composure. Where's the leadership? It's certainly not coming from Jim Schwartz. GM Martin Mayhew needs to step it up and snap to it. This team has too much talent for a playoff spot to let slip away.



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

The sad part about this is the Detriot Organization hasn't done anything.  This organization needs to make a statement to show this behavior isn't accecetable.  They need to at least suspend him for 1 game regardless of what the NFL Ruling is.  These players that have issues on and off the field should be forced to seek theorpy during the offseason.  The player should be disciplinced with fines and suspensions but they clearly have mental issues that they need to seek help for...especially when the player denies that they did anything wrong.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

Refs hate Detroit.  For whatever reason, it is impossible for Detroit teams to get decent calls from officials in almost any game played.  In contact sports, other teams that don't shy away from contact are called "tough," while any time Detroit stands up for itself in any sport, their players are called "thugs."  The move that got Suh down in the first place was a move that would do UFC legend Royce Gracie proud, but Suh is criticized for the retaliation.  
 
If the refs are going to let other teams play tough, then they should let Detroit do the same.  Suh is tough, and football isn't for wussies.  Why is he being criticized for playing the game tough and not taking any bullspit?  

I can see why there is so much whining, though.  If a team can get an extra call or two by whining about an opponent, they would be fools not to.  As long as the league penalizes Suh every time he plays with passion or retaliates when he is getting tired of being held, opponents will continue to "work" the refs.  I certainly would. 



Give me a break. I totally understand palying tough and sticking up for yourself and your teammates but if you think thats what Suh is doing then you dont have a clue. Fine if the guy took him down I can see waiting until he gets up and have some words and maybe a shove. To push his head into the ground serveral times and then kick him like a little girl? That is just downright wrong. He will and should be suspended. I also think that if he gives the same BS excuse to Goodell that he told the media that he should be suspended for an even longer period of time for being a bold faced liar. I mean he really is one of the biggest d-bags in the game. That really surprises me since I saw him play a number of times in college and did not see that side of him.

Oh well the point is that the play was outright dirty. Trying to say he was "playing tough" and and not "taking any bullspit" is just silly. You dont have to act that way to play tough. I also have a question for you, if he was just retaliating for the guy taking him down why did he feel the need to lie about it later? No need to lie if you know you have done nothing wrong, think about it.




Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

@ Minor: Come on, now. Watch the video again. Do you really define "playing tough" as slamming a dude's head into the ground 3 times and then kicking him as he gets tossed off the pile? Please don't lump this into some horseshyte about big bad Detroit not getting calls. The dude made an awful decision and helped Detroit give that game away to GB.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

roid rage



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:50 am
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

The only thing more insulting than Suh's on-filed antics was his ridiculous attempt at justification after the game. Losing his balance? Remove himself from the situation? How much of a fool is he going to consider himself when he sees the video of his blantant face-rub & stomp? That being said, this officiating crew lost control of the game very early with their nonsensical flag throwing on seemingly every play in the first half - on BOTH squads. There were at least 3 instances where a penalty was laughable and unwarranted. Let's see if they are held as accountable as I'm certain Suh will be.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:34 am
 

Former ref should shut up and stay retired

Refs hate Detroit.  For whatever reason, it is impossible for Detroit teams to get decent calls from officials in almost any game played.  In contact sports, other teams that don't shy away from contact are called "tough," while any time Detroit stands up for itself in any sport, their players are called "thugs."  The move that got Suh down in the first place was a move that would do UFC legend Royce Gracie proud, but Suh is criticized for the retaliation.  
 
If the refs are going to let other teams play tough, then they should let Detroit do the same.  Suh is tough, and football isn't for wussies.  Why is he being criticized for playing the game tough and not taking any bullspit?  

I can see why there is so much whining, though.  If a team can get an extra call or two by whining about an opponent, they would be fools not to.  As long as the league penalizes Suh every time he plays with passion or retaliates when he is getting tired of being held, opponents will continue to "work" the refs.  I certainly would. 



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:28 am
 

Former ref: Suh should get multi-game suspension

He should get a 4 game suspension and anger management treatment.He continue this he'll be ban from the leauge.


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