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No fine yet for Suh

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On Monday, the NFL decided not to suspend Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for putting his foot into a body part that is suspended from the lower waist of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

As of Tuesday, no decision has been made regarding a possible fine.

It’s not unusual.  As NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explains it, the fine letters typically go out, via email, on Wednesday or Thursday.

Though Merton Hanks, who makes the initial assessment of potential fines, opted not to impose a suspension on Suh, the guy who was suspended two games last year for stomping on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith could still be fined.

Really, he should be.  At a time when players routinely fork over five-figure amounts for illegal hits that aren’t applied intentionally, how can the league not fine Suh for a deliberate shove of his foot into the crotch of Schaub?  Unless Suh’s leg had a Constanza-style spontaneous arm spasm, it was no accident.

And unless the NFL wants to launch a debate regarding the fairness of fining players for football hits that inadvertently go too high or too low and not fining players who engage in intentional misconduct, Suh and Saints defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley will be fined.

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29 Responses to “No fine yet for Suh”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:38 PM

    Why aren’t there 25 articles on Bunkley’s stomp, which was worse than Suhs?

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Nov 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    Still waiting for the story about the NO Saint player who kicked the 49er.

  3. mrcogburn says: Nov 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    Wasn’t sure what all of the fuss was about when the announcer said it the play resulted in “a loss of two yards.” I now realize he said “a loss of two nards.”

  4. hellafiedfc says: Nov 27, 2012 8:51 PM

    a non story. Suh plays hard nosed football.

  5. sgtdiver says: Nov 27, 2012 8:59 PM

    And why wasn’t Bunkley suspended even a game? Is a kick to the head less than a kick to the arm? Consistency would be nice from the NFL

  6. noeffinway says: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 PM

    You say Suh is dirty? Well, if this beast of a DT is so dirty why don’t I see a video montage of it all? Where is the endless video footage of the dirty? You can be certain that if it were there, that some enterprising sportswriter would throw together a comprehensive report documenting each dirty ‘thing’ he has done.
    AND, where are all the penalties? The beast has had only an off-sides penalty this season and nothing else! Shouldn’t such a dirty player have a pile of yellow flags collected? I mean at least one personal foul you would think, eh? Maybe a hands to the face penalty or a holding call, I mean at least something. Anything! But all we have is a measly one off-sides.
    AND where are the scuffles with opposing players that would certainly be occurring if he was dirty? Yeah, there are none of those either……smh…… WHY is this? Because there is NO dirty.

  7. WatchThis says: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 PM

    Aw, don’t you think his traffic ticket is punishment enough.

  8. edtiley says: Nov 27, 2012 9:01 PM

    I’m not a Suh fan. If I owned the Lions, he’d be playing in Jacksonville, or some other NFL wasteland.

    However, last night during MNF they played a different angle, and in that angle (from behind left of the QB) you don’t see a kicking motion as Suh goes to the ground. It looked like a smooth arc.

    Two people I was with commented that from that angle it didn’t look like it was “on purpose.”

    Merton Hanks most likely had several other angles he could look at too. If they looked as unpremeditated as the one we saw last night, the league would have a hard time justifying a suspension.

  9. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 27, 2012 9:03 PM

    noeffinway says:
    Nov 27, 2012 9:00 PM
    You say Suh is dirty? Well, if this beast of a DT is so dirty why don’t I see a video montage of it all? Where is the endless video footage of the dirty? You can be certain that if it were there, that some enterprising sportswriter would throw together a comprehensive report documenting each dirty ‘thing’ he has done.
    AND, where are all the penalties? The beast has had only an off-sides penalty this season and nothing else! Shouldn’t such a dirty player have a pile of yellow flags collected? I mean at least one personal foul you would think, eh? Maybe a hands to the face penalty or a holding call, I mean at least something. Anything! But all we have is a measly one off-sides.
    AND where are the scuffles with opposing players that would certainly be occurring if he was dirty? Yeah, there are none of those either……smh…… WHY is this? Because there is NO dirty.

    He mad.

  10. WatchThis says: Nov 27, 2012 9:03 PM

    Cogburn, lol. Maybe there was no cup, because there are no nards? Anyway, that’s what you call a 6-point field goal.

  11. drpompanoduke says: Nov 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    And if the leg kick struck the football & knocked it loose what would all these sports nerds say.

  12. drglory says: Nov 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    Loser

  13. 2difshoe says: Nov 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    We can avoid illegal contact and unnecessary ruffness penalties easily. 1 referee will be armed with a tazer gun and when a player becomes unruly, the ref will use his discression regarding subduing said player. Referee’s will then review the tazing as the player recovers. If the referee find the tazing was justified, no fine to player.

    Problem solved !

  14. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    I’ve never in my life seen the media push a player as a super villain as much as they are doing it with Suh. There’s been like 8 negative articles on this site about him in 2 days. This is so overboard its making me like him more and more.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:26 PM

    No fine. Just kick him out of the league. He’s too dirty to play professional football. Maybe the WWF would take him. Oh, wait wrestling is fake. I forgot for a moment.

  16. zimaman says: Nov 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    to be fair to Bunkley he extended his hand to help the 49er who was down

    the dude slapped it away and Bunkley kicked his helmet

    it was instinctive not even the same as a stomp on a helmetless player

    i am not sure why some of you failed to notice this

  17. ryanw411 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:33 PM

    Ndamakong Suh… top 5 in the league for sacks among DTs all year, constant pressure and clean hits on opposing QBs, no personal fouls (1 penalty, for offsides). Yet somehow he is trash, garbage, and underperformer, yada yada yada.

  18. groleo45 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:42 PM

    Unbelieveable that we are subjected to more Suh stories that are, in essence, just you reminding us how dirty you think he is.

    Complete non-story–go ahead and post on this when something actually happens.

  19. rockybev35 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:52 PM

    Noefginway-
    You are a homer. The players voted him most dirty. The dude has had to meet with Goodell to explain himself. Nobody questions his talent. I’m a Longhorn (Texas) fan and when he shredded McCoy in the Big 12 Championship game I knew he was a beast.
    I’m surprised, very, that he does not have more unsportsmanlike penalties this year because they are there. When he body slammed Cutler, should have been a flag. When he jacked Schaub in the nuts, should have been a flag… The thing is- he is sorta perfected the art of of the gray, cheap shot play. Hard to determine intent which is why he was not suspended, he will be fined. Officials are taught to watch for head hunters. The cameras into the room of every fan catches more than officials looking for blatant fouls (IE. holding, helmet to helmet, face mask etc). The Schaub play in question- I mean, when is the LAST time you’ve seen this?? Think HOMER, think. I’m always amazed how fans become so subjective for a dude that, lets face it… Is not from Detroit and could leave in free agency in a few years. Then what? You still calling him a choir boy?
    Suh is a problem because he tries to basically impose his will by ANY means necessary, inside or outside the rules and Whistle. With his talent, that’s why he’s a problem and why the players view him as dirty.
    But you wait for your report like Brees is waiting for an explanation for bounty gate!!
    Too funny!!!:)

  20. jerrykill4pres says: Nov 27, 2012 9:52 PM

    The best part of this worthless bum ran down his mom’s leg!

    Kick him out of the league! But watch out, he might kick back!

  21. mjkelly77 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    Really, he should be. At a time when players routinely fork over five-figure amounts for illegal hits that aren’t applied intentionally, how can the league not fine Suh for a deliberate shove of his foot into the crotch of Schaub? Unless Suh’s leg had a Constanza-style spontaneous arm spasm, it was no accident.
    ___________________

    And all this time I thought you were an attorney who couldn’t cut it in the courtroom and not a neurologist.

  22. insertnamehere2 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    There is a lot of stupid in this world! noeffinway says: leads the pack!

  23. hyzers says: Nov 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    Even your best efforts can’t change reality, Florio. No flag, no fine, no suspension. End of story.

  24. koenig61 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:41 PM

    As for the other players picking suh the dirtiest player, were all players on all teams polled, and if so when do they find the time to watch all of the lions games? I think they are voting based upon what they read in the media, much like most fans.

    I’m no suh fan, but its so easy to see when the scape goats chosen. Was Harrison two years ago, now it’s suhs turn, and coming soon to the Internet your favorite player on your team.

  25. Canyonero says: Nov 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Suh is a marketable player. That’s all this is. Historically, the NFL has a handful of quarterback darlings, a couple stud RBs, and a few defensive stars.

  26. chi01town says: Nov 27, 2012 10:58 PM

    Suh should be suspended for the rest of the season but the NFL is letting him get away with ANOTHER dirty play. I say play his game…CHOP BLOCK HIM. take out his knee
    then maybe he will get it. Im saying coach the offensive linemen and TE and full backs to take turns going after his knees.. BOLD

  27. WatchThis says: Nov 27, 2012 11:09 PM

    For all you who think the Lions have this huge problem of lack of discipline, who else except Suh and Titus are you talking about this season. I’m not asking about off-season incidents. I want to know who else has been a problem this season??? Who???

  28. johnnyballsack says: Nov 28, 2012 1:04 AM

    Suh is dirty and drives even drunker and dirtier. He is not a nice guy on the field or off, no matter what school you went to or what pro team you root for. A dirt bag is a dirt bag. No matter how well he speaks.

    If you want to talk about a guy who got a raw deal for being dirty- Sean Taylor, pillar of the community and a few dirty hits, but a pillar of his community and respected his opponents and by his opponents. And I am not a Redskin fan.

  29. jimmylions says: Nov 28, 2012 11:41 AM

    I notice that this blog hasn’t bothered to mention Ron Jaworski’s comment that there’s no way this was intentional unless Suh was a ninja. But then again … views that contradict the predefined narrative aren’t always welcomed here are they?

    The obsession with hating the Lions is beyond tabloid trash.

    Btw – Suh’s latest traffic offense is a speeding ticket. Oh no! He’s an out of control madman! He’s driving with a leadfoot (like everyone else in Metro-Detroit)!

    I agree with Schwartz – all the players should hire drivers. They can afford it, and it will save a lot of hassles.

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