Earlier today, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh requested a meeting with the league office to obtain clarification regarding the things he does that draw flags and/or fines.
The league has clarified the situation, via email.
“Commissioner Goodell and his staff have had many meetings with players, both individually and in groups,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “This particular meeting (on Tuesday during the Lions’ bye week) has been in the works for several weeks and grew out of Commissioner Goodell’s respect for Ndamukong Suh and Ndamukong’s desire to gain a deeper understanding of NFL rules and policies.
“Ndamukong reached out more than a month ago to the Commissioner, who offered him the opportunity to meet with the football operations football people that are responsible for enforcing the rules. Tuesday’s meeting will include Ray Anderson, Merton Hanks, Carl Johnson and former Competition Committee co-chair and current NFL Football Operations consultant Jeff Fisher. The Commissioner also invited Ndamukong to bring a Lions coach to the meeting. Ndamukong has spoken previously to both independent appeals officers for on-field discipline, Art Shell and Ted Cottrell.”
The clarification doesn’t make Glazer’s report wrong. (And I’m not simply saying that so that Glazer won’t threaten to choke me out.) It simply adds more details, and it shows that it’s nothing that popped up in the immediate past.