He Deserves to be Closely Watched
Two years ago when James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers was scrutinized on every play by league officials, I was a little upset. He never made an intentional hit that would cause severe injury to another player. He just played the game as he had been taught all of his life. I felt the fines were excessive, and Goodell was making an example of him. I felt it made Harrison unsure of how he was supposed to play the game.
Ndamukong Suh is an entirely different story. After the league carefully looked at the film from Thanksgiving Day, they decided to fine him 30,000 dollars. It was obvious that he intentionally kicked Texan’s quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin. He denies it. Of course he also denied stomping on a player laying on the ground previously. His team and some other coaches and players are claiming that his close and continued scrutiny is excessive. They are so wrong on this it makes my blood boil.
What he continues to do is make efforts to cause physical harm to his opponents. On November 15th he was issued a traffic citation in Detroit. The police officer said he was driving very fast and illegally passing cars on the right. He shows a complete lack of concern for the safety and well-being of other human beings.
Coach Jim Schwartz defends his defensive tackle. But here are a few of his other transgressions. He is involved in a landlord-tenant lawsuit over an apartment building he owns. The ticket on November 15th was the fourth citation he has received this year. And that stomp on the player lying flat on his back just so happened to have occurred last Thanksgiving Day in front of a national audience. It was obvious to millions of people, but he still denies it.
There were threats of suspension after this last incident. I’m sorry that didn’t happen. No one even mentioned his attempt to injure Schaub on a sack when he pulled him down from behind with what I observed as excessive force. Any player who attacks a player with intentional force to cause him grievous physical damage should be suspended immediately. Repetitions of similar acts deserve to result in his removal from professional football.
What I do not understand is how anyone can defend him. “Bounty-gate” which was supposedly committed by the New Orleans Saints defense resulted in severe penalties including year-long suspensions. Why is Suh being treated differently?