College Station, TX - Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh is no stranger to headline news, which is why it should come to no surprise that he has somehow managed to find himself back in the spotlight. Suh has a habit of getting caught in the crosshairs of the national media for the wrong reasons and this week seems to be no different.
After Suh’s questionable hit on the Cleveland Brown’s quarterback Brandon Weeden during Sunday’s game many began to wonder if the NFL would take a deeper look. It turns out they did as Suh was issued a fine of $31,500 for his overly aggressive play on Weeden.
Few have rallied behind Suh, while most have labeled him to be the dirtiest player in the NFL, including current players. Suh may seem like your normal aggressive football player in front of the cameras, but his record with the NFL argues otherwise. The Lions’ star defensive player has somehow managed to rack up a total of $209,000 in fines since his professional career began in 2010.
The surprise factor of the second overall draft pick out of Nebraska lies not within his ability to obtain fines, but in the fashion that he chooses to receive them. The questions surrounding Suh’s questionable play on the field are no longer about when he did them, but about how he did them.
Last year Suh demonstrated his most unique way of catching NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s attention by kicking Houston Texan’s QB Matt Schaub in the groin after an attempted sack, which resulted in a fine of $30,000. The year before that Suh shocked everyone by slamming Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground followed by a vicious foot stomp from Suh’s foot into Dietrich-Smith’s arm. This WWE style of play resulted in more than just a fine, as the league handed down a two game suspension without pay.
With a few more incidences taking place over the span of three and a half seasons, one begins to wonder whether or not a guy like this should be able to experience the privilege of playing in the NFL. With behavior that constantly demands apologizes, it seems as if the league would be better off without the path of destruction constantly left by Suh, unless of course you’re the Detroit Lions. In that case, it’s understandable you’d want to keep your defensive standout that’s already accounted for 12 sacks and two tackles this season.
Suh continues to display a lifestyle of risk reward, as he displays a great deal of reward in his sack total, while his style of play on the field screams risk to any GM or Coach willing to be his authority. The question now stands as to how long Detroit plans to keep Suh around despite the continual public relations battle surrounding his presence.