Cam Newton trying to stay away from Donkey Kong Suh (Video)

Cam Newton decided to have a little fun at his press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Carolina Panthers’ game against the Detroit Lions.

Newton went semi-Arian Foster and repeated the same response (or a similar variation of it) to many of the questions he received.

“My main focus is on the Detroit Lions. I got my hands full trying to stay protected from Donkey Kong Suh and my former Auburn teammate, Nick Fairley,” Newton said in response to five of the 27 questions he was asked.

You may recall that Foster gave an interview in July where he answered each question the same say, saying he was just trying to be a good teammate. Of course, the originator of this style is Rasheed Wallace.

Oh, and I’m sure you could already figure it out, but “Donkey Kong Suh” is a version of Ndamukong Suh’s name mashed up with the famous video game, “Donkey Kong.” The nickname has been used for years.

Donkey Kong Suh

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Photo: Twitter/Jesse Zakshesky

Ndamukong Suh levels Chad Henne with late hit (Video)

Ndamukong SuhWhile Ndamukong Suh’s list of questionable on-the-field actions is fairly lengthy, he’s talked about becoming a more mature player.

Considering his track record, there are more than a few who rather see it from Suh rather than hear him talk about it.

During Friday night’s preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, Suh delivered an obvious late hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne that will fuel of his biggest detractors.

Not surprisingly, Suh was flagged for roughing the passer.

Ndamukong Suh has been two three Pro Bowls and named a First Team All-Pro member twice. Despite that, the first thing we often think about when it comes to the 27-year-old are plays that draw the attention of officials and the league office. The longer that happens, the longer his ability as one of the more disruptive defensive players in the NFL will continue to be overshadowed.

Lions GM on Ndamukong Suh: We’re not looking to trade him

Ndamukong SuhDetroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew says the team is not looking to trade Ndamukong Suh despite rumors to the contrary.

A recent report said the Lions had conversations about trading Suh, though the talks were characterized as not very serious. During a pre-draft press conference Monday, Mayhew addressed the report.

“We’re not looking to trade him, we have no plans of trading him. I haven’t had any conversations with anybody about trading him, except in January, I did get a call from a team who had an interest, offered me a box of old tube socks, and I said no thank you,” Mayhew said via the Free Press.

Suh has skipped voluntary workouts with the team thus far which is customary for him, but he should join the team later in the month.

Suh is set to earn $11.55 million next season. The team is working on signing him to a long-term deal. If they are unable to work something out, then they might legitimately consider trading him.

Ndamukong Suh wonders if Pat McAfee will be fined for huge hit

Pat McAfee hit Trindon HollidayIndianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee delivered one of the biggest hits of the weekend when he knocked Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday out of bounds with a huge tackle in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Holliday was racing up the sideline in the middle of a big return when McAfee closed on him and leveled the diminutive returner. Many noticed that McAfee led with his helmet when he laid the huge hit. Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was among those who pointed it out and wondered whether the league would fine the punter for the hit:

The league may have double standards — we know they go harder on repeat offenders — but it’s not like Suh hasn’t deserved his fines. Will McAfee receive a fine for the hit? We’ll see. Even though he made helmet-to-helmet contact, he didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet. But the last person who should be whining about fines is Suh, who is the dirtiest player in the league. His teammates have complained about him playing dirty in practice both in college and the pros. Nobody wants to hear it from you, Suh.

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Dominic Raiola: Ndamukong Suh is clean in practice

Ryan-Grant-Ndamukong-Suh-Suspension-AbsurdWe already knew Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a tendency to throw cheap shots during games. Over the weekend, word surfaced that he does the same to his own teammates during practice and that the Lions are becoming frustrated with him. Detroit center Dominic Raiola insists that report from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer simply isn’t true.

“Well, tell me the guys (who said it),” Raiola said Tuesday, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “Those guys can be addressed because I’ve never seen it. I’ve been here with him since he was a rookie, since his first day on the practice field. And he practices hard like a professional, like how a pro should practice.”

To help make his point, Raiola pointed to the fact that Suh is a team captain.

“And I see no problem with the way he practices,” he continued. “I don’t think he’d be our captain right now if all that being said is true. I don’t think there’s one ounce of truth to that at all. It’s evident on Sunday the way he plays. He produces on Sunday and he makes a big difference.”

[Video: Ndamukong Suh kicks Matt Schaub in the groin]

For what it’s worth, Raiola has been known to rip his own teammates in the past. The Lions would be wise to avoid turning into the New York Jets of 2013. Last season, another anonymous teammate supposedly ripped Suh for costing the team by losing his cool. If reporters are making things up (and we don’t think they are), there’s little the Lions can do about it. If anonymous players really are bashing their teammates, they should probably knock it off.

Ndamukong Suh reportedly stomps on his teammates during practice

Ndamukong SuhDetroit Lions defensive tackle Ndmaukong Suh has a reputation for playing dirty on Sundays. Opponents have been critical of the former Nebraska star for taking cheap shots, one of which recently earned him a $100,000 fine from the league. From the sound of it, Suh doesn’t exactly tone it down during the week.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Suh’s Lions teammates have recently expressed concern about whether he is capable of playing the game cleanly.

“Even in practice, Ndamukong gives guys the business,” Glazer said during FOX’s pregame show on Sunday, via Pro Football Talk. “He’ll slam a guy’s head against the ground. He’ll stomp on a guy. He’ll take little shots at guys. And guys are concerned if he can’t control himself even in practice with us, how can he control himself against someone else’s jersey?”

There’s no place in the game in general for kicking people in the groin or stomping guys while they’re down, but it’s even more alarming to hear that Suh allegedly does it to his own teammates. Suh was ripped by an anonymous teammate last season for losing his cool and not understanding what it takes to win. If what Glazer said is true, the issue extends well beyond that.

Coaches love to see players giving as much effort in practice as they do during games. From the sound of it, Suh’s so-called “effort” crosses the line.

Ndamukong Suh cleared in pellet gun investigation

Ndamukong SuhIn the same week that Ndamukong Suh was fined a record $100,000 for this dirty chop block, we learn that the aggressive Detroit Lions defensive lineman was cleared in a pellet gun investigation.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Birmingham police in Michigan cleared Suh after investigating a complaint from an Xfinity cable man who alleged that the Lions DL threatened him with a pellet gun.

The cable guy reportedly claimed he was working on a utility pole in Suh’s backyard when Suh threatened him with the gun. He supposedly claimed that Suh cursed at him while pointing the gun upward and asked him to leave the property.

Suh was interviewed at the team hotel prior to the Aug. 15 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns regarding the complaint. He cooperated with the investigation and said he only picked up the pellet gun because he thought he heard noises behind his home. Surveillance video from Suh’s home apparently corroborated his account of the situation, leading to him being cleared.

“At no time in the video did Mr. Suh point the pellet gun at Mr. Ferrell in a threatening manner,” the case report said, per the Free Press. “The video shows the pellet gun in Suh’s right hand pointing at the ground. After several minutes, Mr. Suh has it over his right shoulder, pointing away from Mr. Ferrell.”

Suh may have been cleared in this situation, but he is no stranger to problems. In addition to all his questionable conduct on the field, Suh was accused of sideswiping a driver and berating the driver last year. He also crashed his car in Dec. 2011 while driving recklessly and lied about it to protect his image.