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Should Ndamukong Suh Be Suspended for Stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith?

Ndamukong Suh is one of the most emotional players in football.  That’s part of the reason he is so good.  Despite having been fined and reprimanded many times by the NFL and accused of taunting opponents, Suh has vowed to not change the way he plays the game.  After a recent meeting with Roger Goodell to discuss the NFL’s rules and the ways in which Suh has broken them, some people wondered if he would curb his playing style at all.  As you can see from the images above, Suh is still letting his emotions get the best of him during game situations.

In the past we argued that Suh plays hard rather than dirty, but his actions on Thanksgiving were tough to defend.  After the Lions came up with a big stop on 3rd and goal in the 3rd quarter to hold the Packers to a field goal, Suh was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game.  Green Bay would have kicked a field goal and only held a 10-0 lead rather than 14-0, but Suh decided to drive the head of Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf and stomp on his arm.  A video of the incident can be seen here.

After the game, Suh insisted he was “removing himself from the situation” and did not intend to kick anyone. He claimed he was pushing Dietrich-Smith’s helmet into the ground because he was being pulled toward the ground. He also said the stomping motion was nothing more than an attempt to gain his balance and walk away. Lame excuses only make the situation worse.

Regardless of what may have happened to inspire Suh to do that, there is no excuse for it.  Most importantly, it’s a dirty play that has no place in football.  Aside from being a cheap shot, it cost his team in an important game.  Given his history, I would be surprised if Suh was not suspended for this latest controversial play — if you even want to call it a play.  Late hits and borderline calls are one thing, but players need to be held accountable with more than just a fine if they stomp on an opponent and drive their head into the ground.


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  • Anonymous

    The guy was pulled to the ground which should have been a penalty. It’s frustrating to see this happen to him play after play and nothing is done. Although in this instance, he did appear to lose his balance. A big guy like that has alot of authority in his step, which was on display here. Nothing more

  • Anonymous

    The guy was pulled to the ground which should have been a penalty. It’s frustrating to see this happen to him play after play and nothing is done. Although in this instance, he did appear to lose his balance. A big guy like that has alot of authority in his step, which was on display here. Nothing more

  • Anonymous

    The guy was pulled to the ground which should have been a penalty. It’s frustrating to see this happen to him play after play and nothing is done. Although in this instance, he did appear to lose his balance. A big guy like that has alot of authority in his step, which was on display here. Nothing more

  • Anonymous

    Suh needs to be suspended. He clearly stomped the guy and then had the audacity to come up with one of the lamest excuses possible, other than the sun was in his eyes, or the dog ate his homework. Total nonsense. And to make matters worse, that boneheaded play gave the Packers a fresh set of downs, allowing them more chances to score. Which they did, of course. When has that ever happened before? Oh, yeah. It happened in the 49ers game, and in Chicago, and in the Atlanta game. How did those games turn out? We lost. No surprise that this contributed mightily to the teams’ ultimate collapse on Thursday. The combination of Suh’s dirty play and Stafford’s woeful inaccuracy is sending our team straight for a losing season, unless Schwartz grows a pair and benches them both. They are KILLING US!!!

  • Anonymous

    Suh needs to be suspended. He clearly stomped the guy and then had the audacity to come up with one of the lamest excuses possible, other than the sun was in his eyes, or the dog ate his homework. Total nonsense. And to make matters worse, that boneheaded play gave the Packers a fresh set of downs, allowing them more chances to score. Which they did, of course. When has that ever happened before? Oh, yeah. It happened in the 49ers game, and in Chicago, and in the Atlanta game. How did those games turn out? We lost. No surprise that this contributed mightily to the teams’ ultimate collapse on Thursday. The combination of Suh’s dirty play and Stafford’s woeful inaccuracy is sending our team straight for a losing season, unless Schwartz grows a pair and benches them both. They are KILLING US!!!

  • Anonymous

    Suh needs to be suspended. He clearly stomped the guy and then had the audacity to come up with one of the lamest excuses possible, other than the sun was in his eyes, or the dog ate his homework. Total nonsense. And to make matters worse, that boneheaded play gave the Packers a fresh set of downs, allowing them more chances to score. Which they did, of course. When has that ever happened before? Oh, yeah. It happened in the 49ers game, and in Chicago, and in the Atlanta game. How did those games turn out? We lost. No surprise that this contributed mightily to the teams’ ultimate collapse on Thursday. The combination of Suh’s dirty play and Stafford’s woeful inaccuracy is sending our team straight for a losing season, unless Schwartz grows a pair and benches them both. They are KILLING US!!!