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Evan Dietrich-Smith Calls Ndamukong Suh Shoelace Report a ‘Lie’ and ‘Fabrication’

Earlier on Thursday, we shared the story from former Packers player Matt Brock who says Ndamukong Suh may have stomped on Evan Dietrich-Smith because he was frustrated after having his shoelaces untied by the Packers guard all game. Brock says current Packers offensive line coach, James Campen, told him that was part of their plan to distract Suh. When asked about the charge Thursday, both Dietrich-Smith and Campen denied everything.

“No, absolutely not,” Campen said. “We have more important things to worry about than tying up someone’s shoes during the game.”

“That’s a complete fabrication,” Dietrich-Smith added. “Complete lie. I was never told anything and there were no acts of that sort. You can go back and watch the film but you won’t see me on the ground trying to untie shoes.”

I would expect both men to deny things, especially when Campen may have told Brock the story in confidence. But Dietrich-Smith is right — the one way to find out the truth is by watching the film. I don’t have access to it, but I’m sure that would tell us the real story. I would say we could ask Suh if it happened, but there are two problems: he’s a liar, and he’s not exactly talking to the media these days.

Ndamukong Suh May Have Stomped Packers G Because They Kept Untying His Shoelaces

What if I told you that Ndamukong Suh may have stomped on Evan Dietrich-Smith because he was frustrated that the Packers kept untying his shoes. Would you believe it?

You might have to, because that’s the theory that’s now being reported.

Former Packers lineman Matt Brock appeared on 750 The Game in Portland and said Ndamukong Suh may have stomped Dietrich-Smith because he was annoyed over having his shoelaces constantly untied by the Packers. Brock says his information came from James Campen, the current Green Bay offensive line coach.

Brock explained that the Packers had an inexperienced offensive line heading into their game with the Lions, so they devised a scheme to neutralize Suh. Here are Brock’s exact words from the show, as transcribed by MLive.com:

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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.