“I was with him until the stomp.”
Howie Long, Fox Sports analyst
“Maybe I could believe him if there was not a history.”
Sterling Sharpe, CBS Sports analyst
“He doesn’t get it.”
Bill Cowher, CBS Sports analyst
I love Ndamukong Suh. Loved watching him play from the moment I first saw him dominate a football game from all fours–as a defensive lineman, something I could not recall ever seeing in my entire life.
That was when he was in college, at Nebraska, where he looked like the huge kid in Pop Warner who caused parents of opposing players to rail that he should not be on the field.
Ndamukong Suh could hurt somebody!
He still can. He’s the most dominant defensive player in the NFL not named Derrell Reavis.
Reavis Island? How about Mount Suh. Or a Suh-valanche, a mass of humanity that rolls through offensive linemen and buries anything unfortunate enough to be carrying a football.
And yet. He’s got to reign it in.
He’s got to reign in the fury that prompted so many penalties and fines that he requested a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell about what he was and was not allowed to do in the NFL.
He’s got to reign in the fury has now caused him to receive two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties this season – the latest on the national stage on the day in which we are asked to give thanks.
With the Lions hanging in against undefeated Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day, Suh shoved the head of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith into the ground then stomped on his arm as Suh was rising and players were being separated for what was a minor scuffle. He was ejected. Green Bay, which was at the time leading only 10-0, began to pull away, soon taking a 21-0 lead. The Packers ultimately won 27-15.
Afterward Suh was only what just about everyone described as delusional. He claimed to be trying to regain his balance and added that “the man upstairs knows what I did.”
Yeah, dude, the man upstairs knows you shoved Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground and stomped him!
Now, it is clear and unequivocal: Suh must reign in his fury before he becomes a simple of what we all don’t want our kids to see. Rather than being an icon, he’ll soon become an idiot.
Or Albert Haynesworth. Why Albert? Remember when he stomped an opponent in the head in 2006? In that instance, criminal charges were discussed but not filed. Haynesworth was suspended five games without pay.
I love Ndamukong Suh. But he needs to reign it in.
This time, Roger Goddell is calling him.
Monday (11/28/11) appears to be a day of repentance, at least for recalcitrant NFLers. On the same day Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson apologized for his histrionics, Suh reportedly called Goodell and apologized for his Turkey Day Stomp. Suh will still likely be suspended at least two games.