Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has suggested that he’s on the receiving end of some unfair treatment from NFL officials. But the referee who was graded as the best in the business in the 2011 season says that’s not the case.
John Parry, who refereed the Super Bowl, was asked on the 110 Sports Podcast if Suh’s reputation as a dirty player has him getting closer scrutiny during games. Parry was adamant that that’s not the case.
“No, he does not,” Parry said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Our keys in mechanics remain the same from week to week, game to game. I have the same assignments from Week 1 to the Super Bowl as far what my keys are and where I’m focused. We do watch film to prepare for formations and tendencies with the teams that we’re about to officiate. But we do not watch film to have any preconceived ideas or thoughts regarding any one player.”
Parry says that the officials don’t allow the reputation of Suh — who has been voted the dirtiest player in the league in a poll of other players — to precede him.
“The game is obviously extremely emotional, extremely physical and he certainly fits that definition,” Parry said. “He’s an incredibly gifted, strong and emotional physical athlete.”
So according to Parry, each and every one of the nine personal foul penalties that Suh has picked up in his two NFL seasons is a penalty that any other player would have received.