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Suh’s silence becomes deafening

Houston Texans quarterback Schaub looks for his receiver while being pressured by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Suh during the second half of their Thanksgiving Day NFL football game in Detroit, Reuters

After Thursday’s overtime loss to the Texans, which included Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh applying a foot to the groin of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Suh exited the Lions locker room without facing reporters.

In two days since then, Suh has been silent on the subject.

He hasn’t been entirely silent, however.  Earlier today, he hosted an #AskSuh session on Twitter.  He got plenty of questions about the maneuver, but he answered none of them.

Suh has not addressed the subject in any way.  No interviews, no statements, no emails, no anything in reference to the newest American Thanksgiving tradition — the illegal use of a foot during a game of pro football.

On one hand, anything he says will result in criticism.  On the other hand, there’s really nothing he can say.  Especially in light of the pathetic excuse he offered last year when he clearly had stomped on the arm of Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Still, it’s an issue that he can’t ignore forever.  Or maybe he can.  A recent attempt to book him for Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network was met with a request to submit in advance the list of questions that would be asked.

So maybe he just won’t answer the questions he doesn’t want to answer.

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76 Responses to “Suh’s silence becomes deafening”
  1. tim2200 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    What can Suh say?? He’s a grown (??) man who intentionally kicked another in the groin.
    Dude’s a loser.

  2. mikeheruki says: Nov 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    Bully AND a coward. Brilliant combination.

  3. kja22 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:21 PM

    Schaub should “Suh” him!!

  4. kepickle says: Nov 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    I’m calling it a witch hunt & I’m not a Lions Fan but come on let the guy play if the little girl QB’s can’t handle let them stay home & cry to Mommy Goodell

  5. explosionsauce says: Nov 24, 2012 3:25 PM

    Please suspend this tool already.

  6. Gordon says: Nov 24, 2012 3:25 PM

    He’s providing a public service by highlighting the value of wearing a cup. In his mind, we should be thanking him.

  7. yeayoubetcha99 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:27 PM

    He should be suspended the rest of the season. This is his 3rd or 4th strike already..when’s this moron going to learn?

  8. ranksarot says: Nov 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    #asksuh? What an egomaniac. Clearly Suh will gladly take any penalty and / or suspension that he will get in exchange for all this attention he is getting. This joker doesn’t care about his team or his fans, only about himself. Suspend one FULL season starting now and ending end of next season. See how dirty he is after that.

  9. coldplay519 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:37 PM

    Witch hunt.

  10. troyboy14 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:38 PM

    Come on! This was not intentional… We should be talking about how bad and old the refs are this year!

  11. allgrls says: Nov 24, 2012 3:39 PM

    I say this as a Lions fan, it is loose-loose, just when they should learn from past mistakes and problems they find new ways to loose.

    They should have made improvement from last year, but off field issues and an inability to learn and be professional illustrates their lack of self control. Schwartz made the point himself by throwing the flag and costing them the game. They refuse to learn and continue to put themselves first!

  12. coldplay519 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:39 PM

    The “volume” of his silence is exceeded only by NBC’s hatred of the Motor City. Pick a new whipping boy already.

  13. redruckus81 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:43 PM

    Maybe he just doesnt want to spend every session having to answer questions from the media who are looking to create a story that isnt there. Dont think the kick was intentional at all but because its Suh its getting blown out of proportion

  14. scoregasmic says: Nov 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    Good for him don’t give the media anything cause they’ll just rip him for it anyway

  15. nyjets1017 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    He gets judged weather he speaks or not I’d stay silent too

  16. thelastpieceofcheese says: Nov 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    This scoundrel needs to receive a few chop blocks

  17. indyseriesnick says: Nov 24, 2012 3:45 PM

    Someone should go search the ditches to see if be crashed his car again…

  18. finsuppatsdown says: Nov 24, 2012 3:48 PM

    This whole thing has been overblown. I have watched that play like ten times. Not once has it looked intentional. The media wants a story and suh haters want him punished. I’m not a lions fan but come on man. It doesn’t look intentional in slow motion so how could he have done it intentionally at game speed. No story here. Move on.

  19. glebbak says: Nov 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    Good player but a dirty one. Only a suspension will teach him.

  20. larryboodry says: Nov 24, 2012 3:51 PM

    Not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?

  21. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:51 PM

    He needs to sit out a long time. Im all for playing hard. Not for kicking a guy half your size in the nuts while hes on the ground. Thats cowardly. Theres really no place for that in the league. He isnt going to learn until he misses a few game checks.

  22. jpb12 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:00 PM

    Suh: “Are you nuts?!?!”

  23. jackrabbitz says: Nov 24, 2012 4:06 PM

    Cowardly lion.

  24. jimmylions says: Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    Do you guys get this worked up every time you see Tony Siragusa on TV?

    You know, the guy that deliberately injured Rich Gannon (ended Gannon’s career) to win a playoff game?

    You all make it sound like Suh is Charles Manson. The hyperbole and vitriol is all way out of proportion.

    When the purpose of the interview is for the host to attack the guest and put a grandstanding spotlight on himself, I don’t blame the guest for refusing the invitation.

    And I love that our ground game scored two touchdowns on the invincible Houston defense that doesn’t allow rushing touchdowns.

    Go Lions!

  25. beavertonsteve says: Nov 24, 2012 4:09 PM

    Well gee whiz, I guess when the entire country watches you stomp someone with your cleat and you insist it was an accident you kinda lose the benefit of the doubt going forward. The NFL doesn’t need your accidents any more Suh.

  26. hooterdawg says: Nov 24, 2012 4:10 PM

    Suh is silent because his agent tells him to remain silent in response to the media inspired controversy. Suh’s intention remains an unconfirmed rumor that will be clarified by the league office, not the knee-jerk media.

  27. oimakkamio says: Nov 24, 2012 4:10 PM

    It’s a witch hunt started by idiots like Shannon sharpe. If this was anyone else it wouldn’t even be brought up. I’ve watched it 50 times and I still can’t see intent. Think whatever you want about him. He’s a great player period and people like to hate great players. Get over it

  28. totallyuselessme says: Nov 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    See, THIS guy deserves a suspension.

    Ed Reed was playing football hard, and what he does is hard-hitting football.

    Suh is a violent tool whose offense last year bordered, literally, on criminal.

    Merton Hanks needs to learn the difference. You wanna suspend someone? START HERE.

  29. pushier says: Nov 24, 2012 4:22 PM

    Would love to see Suh carted off ,if he passed by me I would spit in the slime-ball’s face.Hopefully he will get a career ending concussion.WOOLD LOVE IT

  30. megadethgod says: Nov 24, 2012 4:24 PM

    When I seen that on the game, I thought it was an accident. However, after watching it again, I see that it was intentional. There is no place for that in sports.

  31. jimmylions says: Nov 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    Any invitation to JJ Watt to discuss losing his temper after the Lions ground game blew a hole in the Houston defense and scored?

    I noticed Watt is refusing to answer questions on the shouting match between him and Kollar on the sideline — it happened right after Bell ran through the Houston d-line like a hot knife into butter. Watt was seen on the bench yelling at Kollar, “I know the play!”

    Watt’s silence is deafening eh?

  32. thefiesty1 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    Suspend him from the goal post and allow opponents to take turns kicking him in the groin, repeatedly. Teach him a less he won’t forget.

  33. 93warchant says: Nov 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    dumb coach dumb players no discipline. raiders meet the Detroit lions.

  34. 49erstim says: Nov 24, 2012 4:37 PM

    I don’t hate the Lions, but I do believe the groin kick was on purpose. I thought it was the first time and every subsequent viewing. In the eyes of Lions fans this makes me a “hater”. This guy simply has no respect for his organization, teammates or fans. These stompings are selfish plays by a talented but immature person. It really is just sad.

  35. endzone says: Nov 24, 2012 4:38 PM

    Well say what you will about Suh’s silence, but that is smart since his friends The Commish et al. in NYC don’t review game incidents until Monday at the earliest. He’d be really stupid to supply any more fodder for the grist now, and I don’t believe first round picks are stupid. Arrogant sure. Stupid? Not usually.

  36. goldrush36 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:46 PM

    I originally thought this was a stupid knee-jerk reaction and reach to make a completely incidental thing a big deal. The fact he refuses to address it in any manner has swayed me the other way

  37. legeisyaj says: Nov 24, 2012 4:48 PM

    Lowest form of life in the nfl. Sad.

  38. decon49 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:50 PM

    i wouldnt expect any less from someone whose coached by dim schwartz

  39. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 24, 2012 5:03 PM

    He makes some stupid moves, but what you losers who talk trash about Suh dont understand is teams would rather have him on their team than probably 90% of the DTs in the league.

  40. msu92 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:12 PM

    I have refrained from making one of this accounts for a long time, even though I am a long time reader, simply because of the idiotic people who leave replies. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t help it anymore. Florio, for whatever reason, hates the Lions and Suh, and can’t help but bash them in EVERY article he writes. I’ve seen at least 7 in the last 2 days complaining about Suh and bashing the Lions. Enough is enough, pick a new team or player to constantly throw dirt at. When I watched the game and seen the play, I didn’t see any malicous intent and thought nothing of it. Just because Suh had his past incident, everything he does is malicous, no matter what. Who gives a damn if he doesn’t talk about it? The media, especially A-hole writers like Florio, will pick everything the guy says apart and spin it into something completely different than what he had to say, so why even say a word? People have their misguided, media driven opinions, and will keep them regardless of what Suh has to say. Good for him for not saying anything, its exactly what the guy should be doing. Instead of focusing on a play that shouldn’t be focused on, why not focus on the fact that the Lions got screwed out of a victory due to terrible officiating and rules? No, that would make too much sense. Instead, lets focus on a play that had no impact on the game, and bash a player that for some reason you love to bash.

    Give it a rest and focus on something that is relevant to football, and applies to the game in general, like your job calls for, rather than BS drama that you continue to dwell on.

  41. thejuddstir says: Nov 24, 2012 5:13 PM

    The difference between players like Jerome Harrison, Ed Reed etc. and Suh-sie is that the other players penalties etc. come before the whistle blows, Suh-sies come after the whistle blows which is why his own peers have voted him the dirtiest player in the NFL and it’s time Goodell does something to get his attention. It’s obvious that last year’s two game suspension didn’t do the job so let’s try for remainder of the year.

  42. ranksarot says: Nov 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    @jimmylions
    Your team lost. They are 4-7. Going to miss the playoffs…again. And you’re happy they scored “two rushing touchdowns”? Doesn’t take much to please a lions fan….

    And as for Watt, talk about false equivalency…the two situations aren’t even remotely close… but keep reaching. There’s one other big difference between Watt and Suh…Watt is actually a good defensive lineman, with the stats to prove it. Suh? Not so much. In reality, he’s awful. Lions fans should be running him out of town, not coddling him.

  43. captainloaded says: Nov 24, 2012 5:18 PM

    Please, will the Suh defenders just shut up. Do you not see the exaggerated leg whip and when nothing connects, he comes with an extra push and connect. Did he know it was gonna hit him in the Cojones? No. But don’t act like he was being all innocent.

  44. mogogo1 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    Actually, there are lots of things he could say. He could say it was an accident, a mistake, really anything. Even a bald-faced lie would at least show he’s concerned about costing his team with a suspension and wants to lessen the severity if he can. But saying nothing makes it loud and clear that it was intentional and he really doesn’t care what anybody thinks about it. This is a troubled, dangerous guy. If he’s not sat down for a long enough period to maybe get his attention, he’s going to end somebody’s career with a cheap shot.

  45. raiderapologist says: Nov 24, 2012 5:28 PM

    jimmylions says: Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    Do you guys get this worked up every time you see Tony Siragusa on TV?
    You know, the guy that deliberately injured Rich Gannon (ended Gannon’s career) to win a playoff game?
    ——–
    He didn’t end Gannon’s career, just his season. But I do get worked up every time I see that fat, greasy tub of crap. Not just for that play, either. He’s a loud, obnoxious, overbearing idiot on broadcasts. They won’t even let his fat ass sit in the booth, and he still manages to talk too much. Other than that, I don’t have a problem with him.

  46. magicbucs says: Nov 24, 2012 5:39 PM

    Suspend him immediately for minimum 8 games and the only way he gets paid is if he lets shaub kick him in the nuts(no cup) on pay days.

  47. rockee3 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:45 PM

    Come on you homers ! Its not natural to extend your leg with force from that position. Its a intentional kick

  48. endzone says: Nov 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    You know hating what Suh May have done does not make you a Lions hater or a hater of Suh himself. It just means you hate what Appears to be very poor sportsmanship on Thanksgiving Again with the whole Nation watching. That includes Pop Warner Nation.

    But hey I think Stafford is great and Megatron fantastic. Schwartz? Well I’ll be kind and say he still appears to have more grey matter than Rex Ryan. See someone else’s trouble is always worse.

  49. hawksfanallday says: Nov 24, 2012 5:54 PM

    Why are we still talking about this?! It doesnt look intentional first of all. Second the only reason people are making this into such a big deal is because it happened one year after last years incident. Third, the reason why he is silent this time is because last year when he commented about it, everyone was like “what a liar.”
    How in the heck would he somehow find is balls with his foot and kick it without being able to see?!

  50. onbucky96 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:25 PM

    Yo, VIP, let’s kick it…Suh, as a Packer fan, I look forward to the day you act as stupid off the field as you act on it. Get your measurements for your prison jump suit, you’ll probably need it. Say hi to Roger later week criminal.

  51. nflfollower says: Nov 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    He’s not addressing it because he’s taking the high road, unlike the media. CBS altering the speed of the replay at halftime was sensationalist media at it’s worst, and it got the intended reaction from the masses.

    Suh realizes the media turns players into what they want that player to be in the eyes of fans. The vast majority of fans / viewers are incapable of discriminating thought. Has Suh done dirty things before? Sure, I’m not ignorant of that. But plenty of other plays that really weren’t dirty at all, just aggressive, get blown out of proportion. It’s clearly a witch hunt at this point and a lot of people seem completely ignorant to that fact, they just gulp and swallow whatever the media feeds them. That’s why Suh is silent, and I can’t say I blame him.

  52. 44mpo says: Nov 24, 2012 6:33 PM

    The N.F.L. needs to make an example of this jerk and suspend for the rest of the season. He’s a disgrace to pro football.

  53. TheDPR says: Nov 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    Suh is one of the dirtiest players in the league.

    But the kick was so obviously unintentional that the media look like idiots for making this into a story. The guy was facing the opposite direction and never looked back once to see where Schaub was or where his leg was going. This is a non-story.

    I’m sure if the geniuses in the media would look through the game tape they’ll find plenty of dirty moves from this clown, because he is a dirty player. But that would entail effort and work.

  54. butkus54 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    I don’t care if it’s Pop Warner football or the NFL, Suh is one of those guys you hate if he’s on the other team and love if he’s on yours.
    He’s been branded as a dirty player and he’s never going to get out from under that.
    But don’t expect him to change … and I for one hope he doesn’t.
    And I don’t make any apologies for that.

  55. browniebuck says: Nov 24, 2012 6:41 PM

    He was/is listed as their back-up kicker…maybe he was practicing in case he had to come in to try another extra point…lol!

  56. rickc402 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:50 PM

    It was dirty, you can see him turn his head and accelerate his foot. I think he meant to kick him, I don’t think he placed the shot.

  57. noeffinway says: Nov 24, 2012 6:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure saying nothing before GODdell passes judgement is a wise thing to do, for any player.

  58. armchairgm9 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:03 PM

    To be fair, a lot of teams ask for a list of questions prior to the interview. This isn’t a rare occurrence.

  59. koenig61 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:53 PM

    .Charles Foster Kane would be so proud. This is why some players choose to not speak to the media, damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Why not just let the press print what they want, they’re going to no matter what a player says or does anyway.

  60. beerbratscheese says: Nov 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    What’s the big deal? It was only his groin. A couple weeks ago J.J. Watt literally ripped the helmet off of Aaron Rodgers and there was no penalty or fine.

    The NFL should work on protecting the QB’s big head before they worry about their little ones.

  61. juanhughjazz says: Nov 24, 2012 8:09 PM

    If I were Suh, I’d never talk to the media again. This Suh is dirty campaign is completely media driven. He’s had 1 penalty(offsides) for the whole season(with the refs watching him like a hawk).

  62. ravensfranzy says: Nov 24, 2012 8:09 PM

    Not a Detroit fan, but I don’t think it was intentional. Suh has a reputation, but this seemed an accident.

  63. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 24, 2012 8:25 PM

    Well he could say the truth and comment about what happened. That would be the polite and professional thing to do. Set the record straight about all of the false accusations out there, or apologize and own up to the mistake and take responsibility.

    Everything that is a problem in society stems from a lack of accountability for those at the top that don’t set a good example and get the job done, and it would be nice to see popular sports stars do the right thing to help reverse that trend, instead of feeding the problem of failing and making excuses or ignoring the problems.

    And likewise the coach should take responsibility for the team’s losing record and explain what is going on and what he will do to fix it, and same goes for the GM, and same goes for the owner. That’s how it SHOULD be. So there is a viable choice here for Suh to make just because others might not make that choice doesn’t preclude him from being able to do the right thing in this matter.

  64. dirtysouthironmen says: Nov 24, 2012 8:54 PM

    He is still kicking around the idea of what he wants to say.

  65. billhicks666 says: Nov 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    jimmylions says:

    “…And I love that our ground game scored two touchdowns on the invincible Houston defense that doesn’t allow rushing touchdowns.”

    Really? Looking for those moral victories, aren’t you? You still lost the game, fair and square, bottom line. Keep following the loser Lions, loser.

  66. noeffinway says: Nov 24, 2012 9:14 PM

    billhicks666 says: Nov 24, 2012 8:55 PM

    jimmylions says:
    “…And I love that our ground game scored two touchdowns on the invincible Houston defense that doesn’t allow rushing touchdowns.”

    Really? Looking for those moral victories, aren’t you? You still lost the game, fair and square, bottom line. Keep following the loser Lions, loser.
    —————
    @hick, So every time you point to a stat do you consider it looking for a moral victory?? Get a life moron.

  67. movementarians says: Nov 24, 2012 9:40 PM

    I have never seen a quarterback getting hit in the upperthigh reigon get so blown out of proportion. The writer-who-cannot-be-named has made his disdain for the Lions quite palpable, but you would think that he would have something better to do on this Thanksgiving day weekend. Maybe next time the Suh is getting tackled by an offensive lineman he will ask him nicely set him down away from the opposing qb.

  68. isphet71 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    End the witch hunt. Even if he has got a wart. It’s not his nose, it’s a false one.

    I bet he weighs the same as a duck.

  69. sullijo1 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:09 PM

    He went to Nebraska, what do you really expect?

  70. billhicks666 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    noeffinway says:

    “So every time you point to a stat do you consider it looking for a moral victory??”

    Of course not, you f’ing idiot. But it’s clear from jimmy lions’ two posts that that’s exactly what he was doing. I guess you’re too stupid to recognize that. Lions fans are left with nothing to do but grasp at moral victories, since their football team is so pathetically inept. Just when it looked like the Lions were about to turn a corner, turns out they still can’t get over the hump. Face it: your team sucks so bad, even the refs make horrible calls in the other team’s favor. LOL I’m still laughing over that one. Suck on it, loser Lions fan!

  71. joe93955 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:38 PM

    The smartest thing he done because nothing he saids will come out right unless he tells the truth and says he his sorry and we no that’s not going to happen.

  72. jaymc1988 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:38 PM

    i didnt even think this was intentional..everything looks worse when u put it in slow motion..fast motion he had a split second to be accurate on one part of a guys body..i believe his rep proceeds him in thiscase

  73. noeffinway says: Nov 24, 2012 11:36 PM

    billhicks666 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    noeffinway says:

    “So every time you point to a stat do you consider it looking for a moral victory??”

    Of course not, you f’ing idiot. But it’s clear from jimmy lions’ two posts that that’s exactly what he was doing. I guess you’re too stupid to recognize that. Lions fans are left with nothing to do but grasp at moral victories, since their football team is so pathetically inept. Just when it looked like the Lions were about to turn a corner, turns out they still can’t get over the hump. Face it: your team sucks so bad, even the refs make horrible calls in the other team’s favor. LOL I’m still laughing over that one. Suck on it, loser Lions fan!
    ————
    There really is help out there for you….just keep looking.

  74. mgifford15 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:16 AM

    Suh is a tool. Enough said

  75. ambitoos says: Nov 25, 2012 12:47 AM

    I’ve watched that replay over and over. He wasn’t even looking at him. That was an accident. I remember his kick from before and this doesn’t compare. I don’t even like the guy but I say this was accidental.

  76. 1historian says: Nov 25, 2012 7:35 AM

    He took an extra little kick and Schaub’s nuts just happened to get in the way. Given that he already has a BAD rep this is naturally going to get blown up.

    A dirty player and a stupid coach – heck of a combination.

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