Ndamukong Suh fined…again
Yes. He’s been fined again. NFL sources have confirmed that Detroit Lions defensive tackle was fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden last Sunday. The NFL’s vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino said they are going to enforce the safety rules:
We’re going to aggressively enforce player safety fouls,” Blandino said. “When I looked at the play, I felt that he did make contact with the forehead-hairline. Lowered the head and made contact with the forehead-hairline. Not to the head or neck, but the rule does prohibit that contact to the body.”
With the again highlighted attention on head trauma in the NFL in the League of Denial documentary that aired last week coupled with the settlement of the lawsuit against the league, the NFL is going to be more focused on hits and safety. Suh thinks he’s being targeted and that this spotlight is a just a part of the job:
“There’s always going to be a microscope on me,” Suh said. “I think there’s been a microscope on me since I was first drafted in 2010 because I was a first-round pick. But I think there is always going to be a microscope on me no matter where it is, from outside media, from the NFL to little kids to anybody.
“There’s going to be somewhat of a microscope. My face is out there. That’s become a part of life.”
I think Suh is in a bit of denial. Had he not stomped a player, he wouldn’t have received negative attention from the start. This is his second fine and seventh over all. Plus he hasn’t been an angel off the field. Even still, he doesn’t think it’s fair:
“Do I think it’s fair? Nothing in life is fair,” Suh said. “It’s a double-edged sword. Being successful and having some success in the game is obviously going to garner attention, and I think that’s something people deal with in negative ways and positive ways.
“It’s just people get attention, and that’s the way it works.”
Part of that may be true. The NFL hasn’t done the right thing regarding players and head injuries. Their new safety rules designed to help players have me giving them the “side-eye” to their now over concern for players. Even with that, I still think Suh should make better decisions. If he’s aware he’s being watched, he should do the right thing–or at least try to. I don’t think he’s all bad. I think he’s a tough player who may lack a bit of control–and that will cost him.
What do you think?
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