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Rodney Harrison says suspending Suh will get his attention

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Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison, who now works for NBC and NFL Network, developed a reputation as a dirty player during his career.  But Harrison never did anything remotely similar to the post-whistle helmet-push-and-foot-stomp maneuver in which Ndamukong Suh engaged on Thursday.

On Friday, Harrison said that the only way to get Suh’s attention is to suspend him.

“It’s up to the Commissioner to step in and make an example out of this young man,” Harrison said Friday on NFL Total Access.  “He’s got a $50 million contract, multiple commercial sponsorships, what’s $40,000, $50,000?  Heck, I didn’t even make that type of money when I played and 10- or $15,000 didn’t bother me.

“Imagine the type of money he’s making, but the way to get his attention is you suspend him, you sit him on his butt for two games and I guarantee when he comes back he’ll be a different player.”

Harrison believes that, regardless of the league’s position on the matter, the Lions should take action.

“If you’re the Detroit Lions organization’s head coach, you have to pull this young man to the side and you have to go over the tape with him and tell him, and if you have to sit him down, an in-house suspension, that’s what needs to be done because he’s a leader of this team,” Harrison said.

Of course, this assumes that coach Jim Schwartz objects to Suh’s tactics.  Yes, it made him unavailable for the team and arguably opened the floodgates.  But Schwartz coached with Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, and the Titans under Fisher relished the intimidation factor that came from a defense that had a reputation for doing jumping jacks on the wrong side of the line.  Indeed, Schwartz was the defensive coordinator in Nashville when Albert Haynesworth treated the forehead of Andre Gurode like a block of cheese.

So instead of suggesting that the Lions need to do something about Suh, maybe the league needs to do something about the Lions, as well as Suh.

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  1. vikescry1 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    Suh doesn’t need a suspension, he needs an old fasion beat down.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 25, 2011 7:40 PM

    That whole team is dirty.

    Suh and you add a guy like Fairley, and ya.

    I was happy for the Lions at first but, I’ve really grown to dislike them these past few weeks.

  3. ogre2010 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh

  4. Jason Douglas says: Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    Agree 100%.

    Albert Haynesworth received a five game suspension without the history that Suh has.

    If I was the commish, I would do a six game suspension. Stomping and banging someone’s head into the ground repeatedly should not be tolerated. Nor should Suh’s delusional attitude.

    What the heck was discussed when Goodell and Suh met?

  5. wagon151515 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:43 PM

    Don’t expect Jim Schwartz to do anything, he has even less class than Suh.

  6. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:45 PM

    Geez Suh messed up bigtime but are you guys gonna write an article on everybody’s opinion, aren’t there games on Sunday? Did you forget about tebow?

  7. faulkana says: Nov 25, 2011 7:46 PM

    ogre2010 says:
    Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM
    This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh
    ————————————————–
    Nothing like a witch hunt at all.
    Witches are hard to find.

    It’s more like an A-hole hunt. They are everywhere.

  8. pftisdabomb says: Nov 25, 2011 7:47 PM

    He’s right but I seriously doubt he will come back after two games and be that different. May think twice before he acts without thinking though and thus we wont have to listen to any of his utterly idiotic excuses for being a dumbass.

  9. trbowman says: Nov 25, 2011 7:48 PM

    “This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh”

    Friend, agent, relative or Lions homer.

  10. snarkzilla says: Nov 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    >This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh

    When the witch breaks into your house on live camera, it’s not exactly a hunt.

  11. vexey says: Nov 25, 2011 7:54 PM

    Rodney Harrison admonishing someone for being dirty? What has this world come to

  12. Wisconsin77 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:01 PM

    I won’t do business with any company he endorses.

  13. commandercornpone says: Nov 25, 2011 8:02 PM

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm…

    must be something wrong with suggesting, as i did…

    tha tthe lions better not appeal, and just get the suspension out of the way.

    so they have suh for more games they likely still need to win to make the playoffs…

    and that if they do make the playoffs, he is there.

    /////////////////

    and a new comment… so he can screw up and get kicked out os a playoff game.

  14. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 25, 2011 8:05 PM

    So instead of suggesting that the Lions need to do something about Suh, maybe the league needs to do something about the Lions, as well as Suh.

    _____________________

    Thank You!! I said that after the Bears game and people were just calling it “aggressive play”.

    This squad is undisciplined.

  15. donmega72 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    I say suspend him for the remainder of the season. The Lions should match the number of games the league gives him. What I saw yesterday was filthy and I’m a Lions fan that grew up in Detroit! Someone yesterday made a good point. It seems like Suh might not have worked out as much during the off-season and might be frustrated because he was the same player quoted that the pro game seemed “easy” to him. I think he’s not right and frustrated that he won’t have a Pro Bowl season every year. Mayhew better reign this team in because the went from the great underdog story to the laughing stock of the NFL.

  16. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:07 PM

    rodney harrison is a joke.

  17. Soulman45 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:07 PM

    It is what it is a little time off might be the best thing from a Lions fan seance the days of Tiger Stadium.

  18. cool10857 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:10 PM

    Suh should be heavily fined and suspended for the rest of the regular season and the post-season, if Detroit makes the playoffs. Suh must also enter and successfully complete an anger management program approved by the NFL. If he successfully completes the program before the commencement of the post-season then the Commissioner can relax the suspension and re-instate him as eligible to play in the playoffs.

  19. 700levelvet says: Nov 25, 2011 8:12 PM

    Well, when the reformed violence expert known as Harrison speaks, everyone should listen right?..

  20. commandercornpone says: Nov 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    witch hunt? hell he is a bad actor and he is practically saying: come get me, sure i didnt mean it, hardy har har, u cant do anything about it, watch me now.

    self defense against a nasty bitch, is more like it.

  21. test2402 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:21 PM

    Tim Tebow is praying for him. All is well.

  22. rexismybff says: Nov 25, 2011 8:21 PM

    Q: What is the difference between a Packer fan and a baby?
    A: The baby will stop whining after awhile.

    Q: Did you hear about the Packer fan that died at a pie eating contest?
    A: The cow kicked him in the head.

  23. dragonfly99 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:22 PM

    I have a strong feeling Schwartzy endorses and encourages this type of behavior. Maybe he should be called to New York also. I would never purchase any product Suh endorses and would encourage other NFL fans to do the same.

  24. mantastic54 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:22 PM

    Suh laughed at the fact he got fined after he tried ripping Dalton’s head off in the preseason, so the league is going to need to suspend him to hopefully get the point through to him

  25. thefiesty1 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    Forfeit games that the lions may win would stop the aggression coached and tolerated by Swartz and company. The league has to put a stop to this kind of play. Financial penalties( substantial) to both the team and suspension of Suh are in order.

    It’s just Detroit, perennial losers.

  26. childressrulz says: Nov 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    ogre2010 says: Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh
    ______________________
    Thanks for letting the world know you are retarded. No one in their right mind would say that (even a lion’s fan).

  27. ncsteeler says: Nov 25, 2011 8:36 PM

    Suh should be suspended for as long as it takes to complete anger management therapy. If it’s the rest of the season, so be it. He’ll have plenty of time to work on his anger management in the off season.

  28. munchkin420 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:39 PM

    Didn’t the Packers have a player thrown out of the game; one of their Special Teams’ guys? I admit I missed the resul of the punch he threw but I thought he was thrown out.
    Suh needs to be suspended for what he foolishly did. But this was a chippy game on both sides of the field; a lot of aggressive play. I didn’t see the Lions as behaving more ghastly than the Packers. They weren’t going to back down either. The Lions seemed un-disciplined in other aspects of the game and paid a price by being penalized far to frequently to be effective.
    Should the League take action against Tomlin and Dick LeBeau. It seems that they have players on both sides of the ball that take agressiveness to the line more often than not. This is still a tough game played by physical freaks jacked up on adrenalin and ego. There will always be players with bad reps but Suh’s actions can’t go unpunished; a suspension is coming. Whether it slows his roll or not remains to be seen. He doesn’t help his team if he is not on the field though; Schwartz knows this and should be able to make a point of getting him under control.

  29. thejuddstir says: Nov 25, 2011 8:41 PM

    I too have commented about Schwartz’s condoning of Suh’s actions since last year. The only further evidence I needed (or anyone else for that matter) was to watch how Schwartz himself reacted after the 49′er loss. What are you teaching your players when you as headcoach attempt to physically attack an opposing coach when you lose a “ballgame”. Trouble is, in today’s world, common sense has gone the way of the wind……unless Schwartz would openly admit to condoning this type of play by his players, the NFL will say, “well, we don’t have any direct proof that Schwartz encourages his players to play dirty”. A team doesn’t become a totally different and dirty team in one year unless the coaches are encouraging it.

  30. thefiesty1 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:49 PM

    Better yet, have the player who was stomped fie assault charges against Suh and send him to prison. That’ll put a stop to it.

  31. rockhill32 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:53 PM

    I like this take. PFT realized it all started with Schwartz in Tennessee with Fisher and the likes of Haynesworth. When playing the Titans 2 or 3 years ago Eric Winston and Kyle Vanden Bosch almost got into it because Titans were body dropping on Texans’ legs in the pile trying to cause injury. Oh yeah, Haynesworth just got Schaub doing that stuff again, giving the PFT’s favorite QB a shot to play on Sunday against Jacksonville.

  32. promickey says: Nov 25, 2011 9:22 PM

    vikescry1 says:

    Suh doesn’t need a suspension, he needs an old fasion beat down.
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    vikescry1 your correct, now name one player in the NFL who you think is capable of beating Suh down………..

  33. snarkzilla says: Nov 25, 2011 9:24 PM

    >A: The cow kicked him in the head.

    XLV champs. 11-0. Enjoy.

  34. primetime0552 says: Nov 25, 2011 9:47 PM

    people saying he should be suspended for the rest of the year make me laugh. he should get a game or two. people also saying he repeatedly smashed the guys head into the ground are funny to. rewatch the clip. he never smashed his head, he just kept it pinned on the ground, HUGE difference between the two. he won’t get as much as haynesworth and rightfully so. haynesworth kick was A LOT worse then this and any reasonable person would agree to that. 1 game minimum, 2 game maximum.

  35. jonrambo says: Nov 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    Jimbo Schwartz needs to get fired. Nobody respects this guy. It’s got to be in the contract somewhere “lack of institutional control”.

    Harbaugh knew it, that’s why he punked him

  36. nesuperfan says: Nov 25, 2011 10:16 PM

    ogre2010 says:Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh
    __________________________________

    Ogre2010, could you clear up one thing for me? Are you missing your eyes, or your brain?

  37. trapshoot says: Nov 25, 2011 10:23 PM

    Will anything short of a long suspension get Suhs attention?

  38. Derty Ernie says: Nov 25, 2011 11:35 PM

    Lets force Suh – just like they are doing for concussions now, to have a full psychological exam and only after he is cleared by the doctors can he return.
    If they feel he needs weeks or months of anger management training then so be it. Time to not only set an example but more importantly, set some new standards and rules for behaving badly on the field.

  39. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 25, 2011 11:52 PM

    Is this the same Rodney Harrison that still believes the dream team will win the division ?

  40. phaktor333 says: Nov 25, 2011 11:56 PM

    I am a Pats fan and I like Rodney Harrison, but his opinion here is like a serial killer being supporting the death penalty for running a traffic light.

  41. phaktor333 says: Nov 25, 2011 11:58 PM

    I screwed up my comment there, but you guys know what I mean.

  42. jimmysee says: Nov 26, 2011 12:06 AM

    ogre2010 says:
    Nov 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    This seems like a witch hunt right now against Suh

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    If that’s the case, it’s only because he’s shown himself to be the witch!

  43. lostnatl says: Nov 26, 2011 12:32 AM

    Lol you people talking of boycotting the company’s he endorses are a riot, most of you couldn’t afford a new chrysler and from how often your posting about suh I’m betting your not getting off your a$$ to get subway much either.

  44. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 26, 2011 1:14 AM

    I need a Tim Tebow story. Now.

  45. beastson says: Nov 26, 2011 1:25 AM

    Stomping on a play who’s down? It’s disgusting. The guy is making a living and he could have derailed his career with a bonehead move.

    If you want to fight, let him stand up and then go at it like men. You’d get ejected but at least people wouldn’t lose respect for you.

    I used to like Suh, I just can’t root for the “feel good” story in Detroit anymore.

  46. polarbearsquares says: Nov 26, 2011 5:03 AM

    One of the league’s former dirtiest players says Suh needs to be suspended. How nice.

    Maybe a game. Maybe. It was dirty but it wasn’t that d@mn bad. He didn’t kill anybody. It’s football. It happens.

    Big fine. Or a one-game suspension. Or both. But multiple games is kinda ridiculous.

  47. Wisconsin77 says: Nov 26, 2011 5:13 AM

    munchkin420 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:39 PM
    Didn’t the Packers have a player thrown out of the game; one of their Special Teams’ guys? I admit I missed the resul of the punch he threw but I thought he was thrown out.

    Yes, a Packer did get thrown out. After being punched in the helmet 3 times, the Packer returned one punch. That happened to be the only one the refs saw.

  48. billh1947 says: Nov 26, 2011 8:18 AM

    Suh is making the NFL look like the WWE,if he likes the WWE so much why didnt he become a pro wrestler,he certainly is big enough. if he draws a suspension it wont change the way this dummy does business,breaking the rules is in his genes so nothing will make him see the light.the Lions had everyones respect when they started 5-0,now with Suh doing his own thing and getting fined for it they are getting reviled,even by their own fans,the coach has alot to do with that and should be replaced with a coach who has the brains to show discipline to a team without any self control.

  49. harbourimages says: Nov 26, 2011 8:30 AM

    Sun is a punk, plain and simple, as everyone watching that clip from the Packers game can see for themselves. The only reason he’s changed his tune and is apologizing now is because of all the flak he’s catching from the sports shows and us. Clearly he needs to be suspended, and I agree with others that his coach is a “mini-me” punk as well (watch how he changed Harbaugh down the field after the Niners kicked his team’s butt). I’ve been a Lions fan (and Tigers and Wolverines) fan all my life, and absolutely agree Suh needs to be suspended for a SIGNIFICANT number of games, not just one or two. Fining a guy making the millions he’s making would be a joke. And as for those endorsement contracts, perhaps he may wish to consult Tiger to find out how bad behavior can cost him. I would hope those sponsors would drop Suh like Tiger’s dropped him. Suh is big enough and strong enough to not have to resort to this type of play, but he does, so if you commit the crime (which he has, multiple times), you do the time (which he should). Now let’s see who has a little integrity, the Lions or the League Office. Hopefully both….

  50. frat13 says: Nov 26, 2011 9:44 AM

    Seriously people…..I agree that Suh needs to serve a suspension but let’s be realistic here……people are talking this incident up and comparing it to Hanesworth? That guy stomped a guys head – without a helmet on! I would guess that the Lions star will see two games off and a stiff monetary fine along with a very stern warning from the league. And finally, those Who are so angry that they won’t purchase products Suh endorses are retarded….with all of the horrible acts that take place every day in our country you are putting WAY too much stock into this….Esp from Packers fans that worshipped the ground guys like Favre, Chumura, and Davenport walked on…..talk about horrible character people….don’t be a hypocrite! And remember, its a damn football player, relax.

  51. easyeddie says: Nov 26, 2011 10:14 AM

    Wisconsin77 says: Nov 26, 2011 5:13 AM

    munchkin420 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:39 PM
    Didn’t the Packers have a player thrown out of the game; one of their Special Teams’ guys? I admit I missed the resul of the punch he threw but I thought he was thrown out.

    Yes, a Packer did get thrown out. After being punched in the helmet 3 times, the Packer returned one punch. That happened to be the only one the refs saw.

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    Retaliation punches, hits shoves are always called if the ref doesn’t see whatever caused the reaction — happens in sports all the time, NFL, NHL, NBA. Watch sports much?

  52. easyeddie says: Nov 26, 2011 10:17 AM

    Derty Ernie says: Nov 25, 2011 11:35 PM

    Lets force Suh – just like they are doing for concussions now, to have a full psychological exam and only after he is cleared by the doctors can he return.
    If they feel he needs weeks or months of anger management training then so be it. Time to not only set an example but more importantly, set some new standards and rules for behaving badly on the field.
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    A majority of NFL players wouldn’t be allowed to play ever if they had to take a full full psychological exams/anger management counseling.

  53. easyeddie says: Nov 26, 2011 10:19 AM

    thefiesty1 says: Nov 25, 2011 8:49 PM

    Better yet, have the player who was stomped fie assault charges against Suh and send him to prison. That’ll put a stop to it.
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    Funniest comment on this yet.

  54. burtomatic says: Nov 26, 2011 10:58 AM

    Harrison just as dirty

  55. CKL says: Nov 26, 2011 11:19 AM

    phaktor333 says:
    Nov 25, 2011 11:56 PM
    I am a Pats fan and I like Rodney Harrison, but his opinion here is like a serial killer being supporting the death penalty for running a traffic light.
    _________________________________
    Not at all. Using your scenario, it would be more like a serial killer agreeing that he, like other serial killers, should get the death penalty.

    Rodney actually said that fining him never phased him (as is clear from the article), his attention was only held when he was suspended (which is what he added on NFLN last night that isn’t mentioned directly in this piece). Letting his team down bothered him more than losing the money. I agree. That’s why BB will sit guys for a series, from starting, etc. He’s always believed that the best way to hold guys accountable is to “take away their stage” instead of (or possibly in addition to, we’ll never know about that part)fining them.

  56. packrulzm says: Nov 26, 2011 12:19 PM

    As a Packer fan I loved watching my team embarrass the “Great” (Eye roll) Lions comeback team of the century. As a football fan I was disgusted with the play of Pat lee and Suh. Both classless moves that deserved ejection. However, Suh is a repeat offender who will not be hurt by fines. A two game suspension is certainly in order for this up and coming player. I’d love to have him on my team. He needs some strong guidance from a coach who understands that you must play within the confines of the NFL rule book. Only then will Suh become great. If he continues down this path, he’ll end up being Haynesworth the second.

  57. Deb says: Nov 26, 2011 12:33 PM

    Somehow when these comments come from Rodney Harrison, they just lack impact.

  58. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 26, 2011 1:37 PM

    I have to shake my head at all the people saying “There is nothing wrong with what Suh did. He was just playing hard. Football is a rough game. Why, back in the day, he’d be heralded a hero! Stop trying to wussify the NFL!”

    I guess these people missed the biggest news story of the past few years. Namely, it’s not 1963 anymore.

    Rules change and evolve. Professionals adapt and play within those rules. Even when they don’t like the rules. Even when the rules don’t make a lot of sense to them. Even when they think they are flat-out wrong because one of the conditions of employment is your agreement to follow the company rules. Those that don’t are treated like any other employee of any other company on the planet and are disciplined according to the rules of the company and/or parent company.

    Suh knows the rules. He knows the consequences of breaking the rules. He CHOSE to break the rules. Now he must FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. If he continues to break the rules, that is his choice to make and he will pay the consequences then, too, until he finds himself in the same position as Albert Haynesworth and Randy Moss — good players that could add a lot to a lot of teams, but their bad attitudes and unprofessionalism just make them not worth the bother.

  59. cowhawkfan says: Nov 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    Even MMA fighters have respect for each other and the rules. I’d love to see Suh in the ring with the heavyweights of that sport. Think her would tap out?

  60. sws222 says: Nov 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    The league needs to do something about the Lions?
    The league needs to have Suh attend mandatory anger management classes?

    Where were you when the let Vick back into the league after killing and TORTURING innocent animals? Did the league make him see a shrink? Or any kind of therapy?

    Look, what Suh did was wrong. He deserves a fine and suspension. But to call the whole team dirty just because you don’t get a free “W” anymore when you play us is pathetic.

  61. dfinpds says: Nov 26, 2011 6:54 PM

    Nov 26, 2011 5:48 PM
    The league needs to do something about the Lions?
    The league needs to have Suh attend mandatory anger management classes?

    Where were you when the let Vick back into the league after killing and TORTURING innocent animals? Did the league make him see a shrink? Or any kind of therapy?

    Look, what Suh did was wrong. He deserves a fine and suspension. But to call the whole team dirty just because you don’t get a free “W” anymore when you play us is pathetic.

    Speaking as a packer fan…….suh-er basically did give us the free “w”……….1st and goal…..without a major player on defense for the rest of the game………and………the packers get another “w” on 1/1/12……..if suh-er plays……what is the over/under on how many minutes the man with the direct pipeline to the man upstairs plays in that game??……before someone “accidently” rolls up on his knees? karma……

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