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Ex-Lion Bubba Baker defends Ndamukong Suh’s stomp

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Thirty-two years before Ndamukong Suh, another Lions defensive lineman burst onto the scene and became the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year. And that player, Al “Bubba” Baker, likes the way Suh plays.

Or, depending on your perspective, maybe Baker is in denial about the way Suh plays: According to Baker, the infamous Thanksgiving stomp that got Suh suspended for two games wasn’t actually a stomp at all.

Go back, look at the film, did he really stomp the guy? Honestly? No, he didn’t,” Baker told the Detroit Free Press.

Baker said Suh was playing the game the way it should be played when he stepped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, and that people who don’t think that stuff goes on in the trenches are naive.

“In the day that was common. You chop my legs, you’re down on the ground, I’m going to kick you ’cause you’re trying to ruin my career,” Baker said. “There’s two different kinds of NFL — the NFL that they’re marketing and they want babies to wear Detroit Lions nighties and booties and all that, and then there’s actually on the field. On the field you have to take care of yourself.”

And if Suh takes care of himself by stomping on an opponent, Baker says to look the other way.

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29 Responses to “Ex-Lion Bubba Baker defends Ndamukong Suh’s stomp”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jun 24, 2012 12:34 PM

    Albert Haynesworth stomps.

  2. jdmp86 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    He makes interesting points. People who never played the game should stop judging players who are trying to defend themselves so harshly….Roger

  3. damaddhatter29 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:38 PM

    Wow!!! Really? Does this guy suffer from the long time effects of blows to the head?

  4. horsecore says: Jun 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    LOL. Aren’t players like this the same ones now suing the NFL for not protecting them during their playing days?

  5. kilo0986 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:45 PM

    It was more of the fact that he attempted the stomp that propelled this media circus around the whole thing then the actual stomp itself. Because to be perfectly honest that was the most half assed stomp I’ve ever seen, but such is the way in this “politically correct” time we’re in and you’ll see it in how many thumbs down I get :)

  6. mjkelly77 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Or, depending on your perspective, maybe Baker is in denial about the way Suh plays: According to Baker, the infamous Thanksgiving stomp that got Suh suspended for two games wasn’t actually a stomp at all.
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    I agree totally with Baker. Suh really stepped on vs. stomped Evan Dietrich-Smith. He didn’t even draw blood. He kind of held it up. Had he wanted to, Suh could have really stomped Smith and done some real damage. Suh still maintained a minimal level of control by not seriously hurting the guy that kept untying his shoelaces during scrums.

    Hopefully the young man learned a lesson. There are those that lack talent and will resort to cheating and bush league tactics in order to knock you off your game. Take it in stride and just legally kick the bejesus out of their a$$es.

  7. purpleguy says: Jun 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    Didn’t Bubba have similar dirty play issues too (an eye-poking deal)?

  8. buzzardpointlookout says: Jun 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    Bubba was awesome. 23 sacks a a rookie. Too bad sacks were not yet tracked as a official stat.

  9. beerbratscheese says: Jun 24, 2012 12:56 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, Evan Dietrich-Smith did something dirty to provoke Suh. It certainly didn’t happen on that particular play. Regardless, you don’t respond several seconds after the play is over and in full view of the refs.

    And it WAS a stomp.

  10. laeaglefan says: Jun 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    I guess what it comes down to is…

    Do you want to be the “stomper” or the “stompee”?

  11. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    So can we assume football knocked common sense out of this guy?

  12. steelcity23 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    They didn’t have 20 some high definition camera’s watching your every move 32 years ago.

  13. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    He doesn’t believe he stomped him? I just rewatched the video and before Suh stomped the packer, he drove the guys helmet into the field multiple times. Suh was definitely being dirty.

  14. jnicholson510 says: Jun 24, 2012 1:36 PM

    I remember bubba from police academy

  15. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: Jun 24, 2012 1:46 PM

    Bubba’s opinion doesn’t take away from the fact that he makes some solid BBQ.

  16. rickyrello says: Jun 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    Of course nobody mentions or shows the tape of Suh having to leave the field 3 times or so because those punks were untying his shoes. Maybe he shouldn’t have stomped or maybe he shoulda stomped harder

  17. vikingdoode says: Jun 24, 2012 2:03 PM

    when he played at the end of his career at MN i loved him……

  18. baronvonmonocle says: Jun 24, 2012 2:35 PM

    “He makes interesting points. People who never played the game should stop judging players who are trying to defend themselves so harshly….Roger”

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    What, exactly, was he defending himself from while his opponent was lying on the ground?

  19. mgfred says: Jun 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    Suh’s driving is a major concern, how many NFL players have been in major crashes that injured others? He already has a crash after driving about 95 mph according to witnesses in the car.

  20. funktron2x says: Jun 24, 2012 4:41 PM

    Baker is right. It wasn’t a stomp. That was always overdramatization – the plague of instant news cycles. He kicked the guy. Haynesworth stomped a guy. you can easily see the difference.

  21. vikescry1 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    and one more thing, if the coach starts crying because somebody shook his hand too hard. i’m sure it’s the double standard that lions fans think it was ok for there team to act like little kids on the field. but then again i guess an 0-16 season will do that for ya? when the lions grow up they might become dangerous, but with suh and swartz i don’t see it happening.

  22. lionsmark09 says: Jun 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    I just looked bad and he shouldn’t have done it. So can we please stop bringing it up? I mean, who asked this guy what he thought?

  23. juanhughjazz says: Jun 24, 2012 7:08 PM

    What amazes me the most about the stomp is that as close as they were watching Suh, they ignored Dietrich-Smith’s pulling Suh to the ground just prior to the stomp. Not to defend the stomp, but I can understand why he got so mad.

  24. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 24, 2012 7:29 PM

    His ‘stomp’ whiffed. If this we’re baseball, and Suh whiffed on a ball, we wouldn’t be calling his strike a home-run. And Funny how no one noticses how EVERY SINGLE O and D linemen is watching the play go by…..while the dude is driving Suh to the ground.

  25. millerhour says: Jun 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    The biggest problem I have with the whole situation was his lying on national television about it. He told the cameras that he was simply trying to get up when anyone who saw it or has seen it since knows he was dribbling his head off the turf like a basketball. Then he proceeded to stomp at him.

  26. 1phd says: Jun 24, 2012 8:19 PM

    I remember the ‘Bristol Stomp’ back in High School. Maybe the PA system guy had started the music already and Suh was just practicing his dance steps?

  27. monkeyhateclean says: Jun 24, 2012 8:31 PM

    funktron2x says: Jun 24, 2012 4:41 PM

    Haynesworth stomped a guy. you can easily see the difference.

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    No, Hansworth kicked a guy’s helmet off, then raked his cleats across his face/eyes. Suh rammed a guy’s head into the turf a couple times, then gave it a stomp for good measure.

    I’m not saying he wasn’t provoked, or that players don’t try to hurt each other in the pile all the time, but the stomp deserved punishment just because it was so blatant.

  28. axespray says: Jun 24, 2012 9:49 PM

    beerbratscheese says:Jun 24, 2012 12:56 PM
    “Maybe, just maybe, Evan Dietrich-Smith did something dirty to provoke Suh. It certainly didn’t happen on that particular play. Regardless, you don’t respond several seconds after the play is over and in full view of the refs.”

    Or maybe Suh couldn’t hold his temper over getting shut down by some low profile no name backup offensive linemen all day.

  29. lioncrazy says: Jun 25, 2012 10:24 AM

    Regardless if it is a stomp, kick, or whatever, a player can’t give the impression of aggression after the play is over especially, when the opponent is on the ground. I’m not saying it is easy to control the emotions running like they do but, that is just the way it is.

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