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Video: Ndamukong Suh Refuses to Answer Questions About Stomp, Car Crash

Ndamukong Suh returns to the Detroit Lions this week after missing the last two games because of a suspension. Suh was suspended for stomping on Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Packers-Lions Thankgsiving game. Factoring into the suspension was Suh’s reputation for being a dirty player; he’s been fined and penalized for multiple personal fouls the past two seasons.

While serving his suspension, Suh crashed his car and allegedly lied to the police about the incident to protect his reputation. He was asked about the stomp and the car crash by reporters Wednesday, but he refused to answer any questions. He barely acted human, insisting he was only there to talk about football, playing the Raiders, and rejoining his team. It reminded me a lot of the Mark McGwire “I’m not here to talk about the past” Senate testimony.

The whole thing was pathetic. Take a look at the video via 97.1 The Ticket:

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Passenger Says Ndamukong Suh Lied About Car Crash to Protect His Image

Between explaining his personal fouls on the field, and his personal fouls in vehicles, Ndamukong Suh is developing the reputation of a liar.

Suh was in his home state of Oregon over the weekend and crashed his muscle car early Saturday morning. He was unhurt, and reports said he was not drunk. So what happened?

Suh told police he was trying to pass a taxi cab and swerved into a tree. He told police neither he nor his passengers were injured. Passengers and witnesses dispute his account, and one passenger says she was injured.

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Ryan Grant Says Ndamukong Suh’s Two-Game Suspension is ‘Absurd’

As you have probably heard by now, Ndamukong Suh received a two-game suspension from the NFL for stomping on an opponent during the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving.  The suspension comes as no surprise, as Suh is a repeat offender who has been warned by the league on several occasions.  The fact that the Lions defensive tackle hasn’t learned to control his temper could be extremely costly for the team’s playoff hopes.  Despite that, Packers running back Ryan Grant does not believe the punishment fits the crime.

“I think that’s old news for us, but I don’t know, I sort of thought it was going to be a little bit longer,” Grant told WSSP in Milwaukee according to Sports Radio Interviews. “But at the end of the day, do I think it needs to be longer? Yeah, I do. I think it’s absurd. It was about as overboard as you can get what he did; it’s just not football. Can’t have that. It was ridiculous, and it’s not something you want to see regardless. I’m not a fan of the apology, I’m not a fan of what he said. Anybody in hindsight can say all that, but we’re talking about something that’s not exactly a first occurrence.”

Many believe Suh got off easy when you consider the fact that Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games for stomping on an opponent back in 2006.  That being said, the suspension will definitely sting for Detroit.  They are in the hunt for a wild card berth and need all the help they can get with their defense having struggled as of late.

I suppose Grant has a point if you compare Suh to Haynesworth, but the situation has a lot to do with it.  A two-game suspension at this point should be enough to hurt Suh and his teammates, which should send a fairly strong message.

Tony Dungy Blames Lions Coaches, Organization for Ndamukong Suh’s Antics

On the surface, Tony Dungy comes across as a soft-spoken, back seat kind of guy. Those of us who know his history, however, know that he loves to ruffle feathers. Whether it’s pissing off the Cowboys, criticizing Rex Ryan for having a potty mouth, or telling the Titans what to do with Vince Young, Dungy is always ready to share his opinion no matter how controversial it may be.  For that reason, it comes as no surprise that he weighed in on the Ndamukong Suh situation on Monday and took an interesting stance.

“I really have to fault the Detroit organization,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I think they really could have stopped this.”

As we saw by his no-hesitation stomp of a Packers offensive lineman, Suh obviously lacks discipline.  That being said, how would you handle him if you were the Detroit Lions coaching staff?  Suh’s attitude and aggressiveness are what make him a force on the defensive front.  There is no excuse for stomping a player or throwing shots after the whistle blows, but if he spends too much time worrying about harnessing his aggression wouldn’t it stand to reason that he would become a different player?

Much of what people perceive as dirty play from Suh is simply playing hard.  Jim Schwartz and company have the difficult task of needing to find a middle ground between telling Ndamukong to tone it down and changing him as a player.  Despite what Dungy says, something like that is much easier said than done.

H/T to Pro Football Talk for the story.

Teammates Still Supporting Ndamukong Suh

In the wake of his immature stomping incident on Thanksgiving Day that was accompanied by an embarrassing apology, Ndamukong Suh is expected to be suspended at least two games.  Suh obviously has a problem controlling his temper, and it has hurt his team in the past by way of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness penalties.  When he is inevitably suspended for his latest outburst, it could contribute to the Lions missing the playoffs.

Without Suh, Detroit’s defense could play with less intensity and will certainly be weaker along the front seven.  Despite some rumblings that there are Lions players who believe Suh deserved to be suspended, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News says it was more a case of Suh’s teammates expecting him to be given more than just a fine, not thinking he should.

“He’s going to have to learn to control his temper,” defensive tackle Corey Williams said. “They always get the second guy. That’s something he’s got to learn. If they hit you, knock you down, whatever they do, you can always get them back on the next play.”

Teammates said they were angry that the penalty cost them on third down in the red zone, but acknowledged that they believe Suh has been a frequent target of cheap shots.  While they believe he needs to learn to better control his temper and prevent incidents like this one from happening, it would be a stretch to think Detroit players wanted arguably their most important defensive presence to be out for the next two-plus games.

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.

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Ndamukong Suh Denies Taunting Matt Ryan After Injury

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had his ankle accidentally stepped on by one of his offensive lineman Sunday, and the Falcons say the Lions taunted him after the injury.

“I had respect for [Lions DT Ndamukong] Suh before the game,” center Todd McClure said. “But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. [He said], ‘Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat.”

Roddy White said, “I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [Cliff Avril], the [bleep] they were doing when Matt got hurt. That was unacceptable. … Like 92 was kicking [Ryan’s] feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.’ We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart’? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt.”

This is not the first, second, or third time Ndamukong Suh has been called a dirty player, so this isn’t new territory. Predictably, Suh denied the charge when asked about it Monday.

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