Ndamukong Suh escapes unhurt after crashing car into tree

AP

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree at 1:15 a.m. today, but he was not hurt and was not impaired, police say.

The Oregonian reports that Suh lost control of a 1970 Chevrolet Coupe while driving in downtown Portland. He hit a curb, a light pole and a drinking fountain before striking the tree, but he and his two passengers walked away without injuries.

Portland police say Suh was polite and cooperative when they arrived. It is not clear what caused Suh to lose control of his car.

The 24-year-old Suh grew up in Portland and his parents still live there. Suh is away from the Lions until December 12 while he serves his two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving.

82 responses to “Ndamukong Suh escapes unhurt after crashing car into tree

  1. He was being held down by the tree, and was just trying to remove himself from the situation.

  2. I’m waiting for people to read too much into this and say it was some sort of suicide attempt or cry for attention.

    My thoughts? Coincidental timing.

    Good to hear that him and his friends are alright though.

  3. Cue the anti- karma comments in 3,2,1…

    Probably just bad timing for Suh for this to happen now idst the other issues, but it sued is coincidentally bad timing. Something had to be going on for him to lose control. If he wasn’t impaired he had to be speeding and/or distracted somehow.

    Im glad he is okay and hope he gets things together and becomes the great player he was destined to be. Yes, Karma and destiny go hand in hand.

  4. njdevil7 says:
    Dec 3, 2011 1:05 PM
    Suh drives a 40-year old car. Huh.

    Yeah, a 40 year old car with a brand new V-8, updated interior, 28 inch rims and a shiny new paint job. He took a perfect classic and ruined it, twice! Once redecorating it and now the tree!

  5. He just destroyed a classic 70 Chevelle SS 454 no doubt. Too much power for a man with no control.

  6. 5 years from now we’ll only hear this name during thanksgiving games when the commentators look back at previous thanksgiving match ups between the Packers and Lions

  7. 1:15AM

    Was he on his way out to visit the gym for some weight work and treadmill activity or was he on his way home after working out at the gym all evening?

    I don’t mind the high wages NFL stars make because they are focused 24/7 on staying in shape and studying film, etc.

  8. at least he didn’t wipe out a few cars like he did when he was @ Nebraska. That time he blew a .035 or so which didn’t make him legally impaired…

    Can’t wait to hear the full story here!

  9. Dude gets it all backwards, again ……

    You’re supposed to smash up your brand new Benz ….. that way you have airbags galore, you wreck a brand-new car that can be replaced tomorrow with another brand-new one, and the classic Chebby lives to see another day.

  10. I don’t suppose the police did a breathalizer or other test to check for impaired driving? If it was just an average person, I’ll bet they would have tested him at 1:15am.

  11. Let’s see: hit 4 different objects at 1 in the morning and he was in Portland, OR (where citizenship is proven by your alcohol and/or THC levels in your blood).

    I’ll go out on a limb and suggest he was drunk, but capable enough of passing a field sobriety test that didn’t lead to a breathalyzer test. Presumptious, but reasonable. Either that or Suh is a really horrible driver.

  12. Well, he is still a better driver than Tiger Woods. Tiger managed to do all of that before he even got out of his driveway.

  13. A 1970 Chevy Coupe? And all you guys can say is “It’s a 40-year-old car”? LOL

    Guy is driving a classic car instead of some bling wagon. +5

    Too bad he totaled it. Glad everyone’s okay.

  14. Cue the 35 people who are going to respond to this article and think they’re witty or clever by attempting to preempt future criticism against Suh (or whatever the article happens to be about) by being the first to say “Cue the …” There should be a moratorium against people saying “Cue the…” (I’ll add “Stay classy” to that, as well).

  15. witnesses report he hopped out of the tree’s clutches, then slammed the top of the tree into the ground several times before continuing with what appeared to be a well honed stomping “dance” routine… then he tapdanced around the situation when the authorities showed up…

  16. For young guys, who have never driven a car from the 1970’s or older, the suspension and control are MUCH different than today. They have made a lot of progress over the years.

    I suspect he was going too fast, and that he was not used to the lesser control an old car gives.

  17. cue everyone overusing the word cue.

    I’m disappointed that Suh got suspended. Now when the Lions miss the playoffs Lions fans can use the excuse that they didn’t have their star defensive tackle instead of admitting that they are the same old Lions. I guess we’ll have to wait til next year…

  18. >I suspect he was going too fast, and that he was not used to the lesser control an old car gives.

    The 28″ rims didn’t help much.

  19. nesuperfan says: Dec 3, 2011 2:21 PM

    For young guys, who have never driven a car from the 1970′s or older, the suspension and control are MUCH different than today. They have made a lot of progress over the years.

    I suspect he was going too fast, and that he was not used to the lesser control an old car gives.
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    I second that conclusion – it’s a rear wheel drive car and the whole car has a totally different feel when it comes to steering and braking. And it is a shame that he wrecked such a cool ride.

    At that hour out there, the roads were getting slick just because it’s Portland (which he should have remembered being a native). Young driver going too fast with an unfamiliar car … not a complete shock that he wiped out.

    If he’d been driving some cheap Italian trash like a Ferrari, he probably would have been killed. Those things split in half when they bump into anything.

    The comments that he got out and pummeled the tree are funny.

  20. jeffw says: Dec 3, 2011 1:08 PM

    Yep. This is the way T.O., Pacman … all the drama kings got started. Problems on and off the field.
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    How what happened to Sue a “problem off the field”?

    Chris Cook, Tyrell Johnson, Everson Griffen, Johnny Jolly, Erik Walden, Julian Edelman, Rolando McClain……….

  21. Great… now he can try convincing his insurance agent that he’s really not a bad driver.

    …and…why is a member of the FORD’s organization driving a CHEVY?

  22. Why is every thread and post on every message board and forum continually littered with “KARMA” comments? It is such a boring and tiresome cliche – everyone should be embarrassed to use it. Enough already.

  23. This is not karma nor stupidity, but merely Mr Suh living up to his first name ‘AmDumbAgain.’ Well done sir.

  24. I’m sure none of the numnuts making the smart a$$ comments on here have never been behind the wheel during an accident. My money says at least a few of you have DWIs on your records.

  25. It’s just a guess but, i’m assuming we won’t ever know the truth about what really happened. Just glad everyone walked away. Whether it was alcohol related, or whatever. It could have been much worse.

    On a side note. It’s such a shame to see someone with so much talent let his attitude and ego get the best of him. Some athletes just “don’t get it” and some do. Guys like Randy Moss, TO, DeSean Jackson, and Suh will have a hard time replacing and making us all forget about the greats like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, and others who had as much success off the field, as they did on the field, and did it all with a great attitude.

  26. Man, the Ford family will NOT be happy. Driving a Chevy?? Maybe they’ll give him a classic Mustang so he can see how a real car handles.

  27. @up2highhell: Suh grew up in Portland and his parents still live there. During his suspension, he is not allowed to be with the Lions at their facility or at games. So, likely he is getting an early holiday visit in with his folks.

  28. I tend to believe that Suh is not guilty of anything other than driving to fast. However, I have to think that even though the police officer was sure he was not under the influence, a test should have been given. Sometimes the lack of a test opens a door to critcism and when there is no proof, people assume guilty. In hind sight, Suh may have wanted to be tested, just to prove his innocence.

  29. I really hope this isn’t an insanity plea on his appeal, where he claims he doesn’t know the difference, between stomping on a offensive linemen, or a gas pedal.

  30. Why do I keep picturing the line from that insurance commercial?

    “Kong… Is your car up a tree again?”…

  31. tobiasjodter says: Dec 3, 2011 3:49 PM

    Why is every thread and post on every message board and forum continually littered with “KARMA” comments? It is such a boring and tiresome cliche – everyone should be embarrassed to use it. Enough already.

    **************************************************************

    Hmmm … no, I’m pretty sure the “Cue the…” and “Stay classy” comments win the tiresome cliche award over “Karma.” Try again in three or four years.

  32. If he’d been driving some cheap Italian trash like a Ferrari, he probably would have been killed. Those things split in half when they bump into anything.
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    Ah ha ha!

    Comparing the finest car in the world to a a hunk of junk, priceless.

    Wow.

  33. i am a pdx native and a ghs alumni. i love my home and my school. this guy is an idiot. and for the record portlanders are terrible drivers.

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