Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh
By now, every professional football fan knows about the events on Thanksgiving Day when Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh shoved the head (with helmet on) of Evan Dietrich Smith of the Green Bay Packers into the turf then stomped on his arm. The football fans of the world also know that the NFL has decided to suspend Mr. Suh for two games (Costing last years Rookie of the Year approx. $167,000) and also fining the Detroit Lions $50,000. The large fine to the lions came because the Suh’s other teammates have already racked up $100,000 in fines this year, but the year is young…right? Certainly Ndamukong Suh is not the only player on the current roster of the Detroit Lions that has been accused of dirty play.
In the regular world of the normal citizen, his actions would have been considered assault. In the NFL it is called unnecessary roughness.This, however, is not the real world…it is the NFL. In the NHL, fighting (even though penalized and fined if excessive) has long been accepted as part of the game. Within the NFL, fighting is not acceptable…never has been.
I love football. I love hard, smash mouth football. I believe that all players should be allowed to use the limits of their talent and strength on every play…within the rules of the game. Saying that, why does Ndamukong Suh feel he needs to continue these actions on the field? Are the Detroit Lions paying him to be the dirty, fighting, instigator just as NHL teams pay for their fighters? After being Rookie of the Year last year, is Ndamukong Suh having problems keeping up with the other teams adjustments to him? If so, is that what is making him so frustrated that he needs to act flagrantly beyond the rules of football in order to keep his edge? Is he trying to be feared in the NFL? There other way to do this to be sure. If you don’t believe me, ask Jarrod Allen or Julius Peppers. I think it is disgusting to even consider that Mr. Suh is misunderstood. I really don’t care if he is in his “own reality”. He knows what he did was wrong. He even knows it was against moral standards no matter where you are.
I understand that the referees of the NFL do not catch all of the dirty play that happens during the course of a game…especially under the pile. I also understand that it does not make that behavior correct or acceptable because dirty play has been around since the dawn of time.
These are players that excel at what they do. They are the best of the best. Their teams pay them millions of dollars to play this sport. It is a sport with a strict set of rules. It is a sport that even monitors moral conduct. Since Ndamukong Suh has been rewarded for his efforts by being accepted into the most elite football society and being paid those millions, you would think that he would be appreciative enough to just follow the rules especially considering that it would take the average guy about five years to make what he was fined.
By the way Mr. Suh, those average people are also children. These are the fans of the NFL. If you don’t want to show appreciation to the NFL or the Detroit Lions for rewarding you, then at least show some respect to all those fans.
If you are still unconvinced or think that Mr. Suh is misunderstood, then take a look at the tape from Thanksgiving one more time.
It sure looks like he was tied up and frustrated. His frustrations are obviously too much for his big head. It also looks like he is incapable of keeping his cool, something he should have learned in his years of playing football. Or has he always got away with it?
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~ Erik Sudberg