Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for two matches by the NFL following the now infamous stamping incident against Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Green Bay Packers – and although he is expected to appeal against the decision, leading experts in the game aren’t holding out much hope that the suspension will be rescinded. Don’t expect to see him soon in any online bets.
As one of the most colourful characters in the league, Suh is certainly no stranger to controversy – a fact that can be backed up by his being voted as “the dirtiest player in the NFL” in a recent poll of football fans – as well as being involved in three separate incidents which were reviewed by the league’s disciplinary committee over the course of the 2010 season.
This most recent incident has been seen by many as the most serious infringement of his career, and rather than being an act of petulance, his behaviour has this time been viewed by the public as malicious, dangerous and nasty. Suh though, remains fiercely unapologetic, stating this week that, “a lot of people are going to create their own storylines for seeing what they want to interpret, but I know what I did and the man upstairs knows what I did.”
Since that quote though, and in the light of the suspension which followed, he has backtracked slightly and made mention on his Facebook account that he has learned from this “mistake” but it may be a case of too little, too late for his reputation.
Besides fans missing his action in live in-play betting, his pay will certainly suffer: the two-game ban will result in a staggering $165,000 fine from his team while he in unavailable – but his absence will be felt most by his team-mates as they travel to New Orleans and then play host to Minnesota with the Lions already struggling to remain in the hunt for a NFC wildcard place this season, even without this unnecessary distraction.
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