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Suh won’t apologize to Schaub, says kick was accidental

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he won’t apologize to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub after Suh’s foot met Schaub’s groin on Thanksgiving.

According to Suh, who on Wednesday talked to reporters for the first time since the incident, he was simply falling awkwardly and his foot ended up in the place where Schaub would least want it.

I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man,” Suh said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Although Schaub said afterward that Suh doesn’t play the game the right way, Suh said today that “It’s part of the game.”

Suh has already been informed that he will not be suspended for the kick.

UPDATE 3:16 p.m. ET: Shortly after his comments, the NFL confirmed that Suh has been fined $30,000 for the kick.

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60 Responses to “Suh won’t apologize to Schaub, says kick was accidental”
  1. thekiy says: Nov 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    Good for Suh.

    He’s being demonized despite his excellent play and lack of penalties this year. One five-yard offsides this season, that’s it.

  2. barbeaux says: Nov 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    He always comes up with the lamest excuses.

  3. slvrspec says: Nov 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    Just like he accidentally stepped on Dietrich-Smith’s arm last year. I mean he was just trying to get up and regain his balance.

  4. hyzers says: Nov 28, 2012 2:36 PM

    Why should he apologize? The only thing I saw on the play was the olineman getting run over and pulling him down. If anyone should apologize to Schuab, it should be the guy whose job it was to protect him.

  5. ziplock10 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:37 PM

    Can someone give this man a ride home?

    If not, he may be kicking himself later.

    Dat dat tishhhhh!!!

  6. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:38 PM

    There’s no apologizing for Ndonekykong Suh. He keeps getting away with what he does, so why should he?

  7. covercorner says: Nov 28, 2012 2:38 PM

    The NFL should have suspended Suh, the dirtiest player in the league. Anyone who watches the video can plainly see that Suh’s leg and foot went up as if he was kicking Schaub. This the same league that fines players for wearing the wrong color socks.

  8. joejoe81 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:39 PM

    No one believes you.

  9. drpibb says: Nov 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Suh has been fined $30K.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Apparently the NFL doesn’t believe you either… $30k Fine!!

  11. prospero63 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Perhaps I’m odd this way, but when I do something accidentally I tend to apologize for the accident out of simple politeness… The fact that he apparently won’t is pretty telling of the kind of person he is… and from that you can really infer some intent…

  12. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 28, 2012 2:41 PM

    Watch the video. Yes it appears the first contact was accidental, but what’s with that extra kick when he realized where his foot was? Video doesn’t lie. Without that extra sauce he applied when he realized his foot was contacting Schaub he would be right, but the video says otherwise.

  13. punkmonkeyfaces says: Nov 28, 2012 2:41 PM


  14. spharrgcs says: Nov 28, 2012 2:42 PM

    Delusional, in denial, or just lying. The kick was not accidental. Still acting like a 6th grader who thinks the adults will believe a really bad story covering something up.

  15. zerole00 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:44 PM

    You know what? Even if it was an accident that I bump some stranger in the street, I apologize. Grow up Suh.

  16. westclaims says: Nov 28, 2012 2:45 PM

    Players know better than anyone else. If it was intentional, it will get handled on the field (as it should).

  17. rmc1995 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    Anyone objectively watching the video can see Suh was being pulled to the ground and accidentally kicked Shaub as a result.

    Suh never said that was simply fallen awkwardly. He said he was being dragged to the ground.

    And he was fined $30,000 to throw red meat at the fools who think they are doing something good by demanding money be taken away from another man’s pocket, just to make yourselves more smug.

  18. 69finfan says: Nov 28, 2012 2:48 PM

    This just in, Suh has been fined $30,000.00 for this by the NFL.

  19. hyzers says: Nov 28, 2012 2:49 PM

    joejoe81 says:
    Nov 28, 2012 2:39 PM
    No one believes you.
    The league does. Sorry if that hurts.

  20. beavertonsteve says: Nov 28, 2012 2:49 PM

    Someday soon an offensive lineman will “accidentally” roll sideways into Suh’s knee, but luckily it will just be an accident.

  21. mrbullgator says: Nov 28, 2012 2:49 PM

    so glad the lions drafted Suh and not McCoy. McCoy has been hurt the past two seasons but at least this year he is part of a group that leads the league in rush D. Now if we can just get some edge guys and/or some DB’s that can cover.

  22. nps0520 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:50 PM

    Good. He shouldn’t apologize. He didn’t do anything wrong. Anyone who watched the play at full speed knows that’s true.

  23. ttoptom says: Nov 28, 2012 2:51 PM

    So if you accidentally spill a drink on someone’s carpet, you shouldn’t apologize? Classy.

  24. macbull says: Nov 28, 2012 2:56 PM

    Why the heck should Suh apologize if he didn’t do anything wrong?

    This is clearly a case of the media driving the story, convinced they saw something…but it just so happens, the facts and opinions of those in charge of reviewing the play, do not support the media’s point of view.

    Time for the media to move on and find someone else to pick on.

    One last thing…Schaub needs to stop playing the part of a victim…get a cup !

  25. tommysaint1 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:57 PM

    ahhh the hipocracy of Roger Goodell. Got to hate it. NFL is lucky it has a good product, at least for right now.

    Sorry Ed Reed apparently text book tackles show more intent to harm than kicking someone in the groin.

    Bunkley too (I am a saints fan)… unacceptable and not how the Saints need to be represented. Animals belong in cages.

  26. hehateme2 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:59 PM

    Doesn’t matter much- the team is irrelevant

  27. zo121179 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:59 PM

    An apology is not an admission of guilt. It’s something we are taught at the age of 3. It’s about taking responsibility for your actions. It should sound something like; “I’m sorry for sticking my foot straight into your groin. I won’t purposely do it again.”

  28. frenzy95 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:03 PM

    It takes a real man to say, hey I’m sorry it was an accident.

  29. wamaha says: Nov 28, 2012 3:04 PM

    If the league determined the kick was unintentional, why did he get fined?

    That’s bush league if you ask me. He should have been suspended, which would have resulted in a fine.

  30. acmepacker says: Nov 28, 2012 3:08 PM

    I did watch it at full speed, I was watching the game and the minute I saw it I believed it was intentional. The kick, that was, although perhaps not where it landed.

  31. vicksprman says: Nov 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    I wouldn’t pay that fine it’s ridiculous you cannot be pulled down to the round and intentionally kick someone you can’t see. I have a better question why wasn’t holding called on the lineman and if it was so dirty why wasn’t Suh flagged? QB’s always get the benefit of the doubt so it wasn’t so obviously intentional.

  32. vicksprman says: Nov 28, 2012 3:10 PM

    That’s like being chop blocked and rolling into a QB’s legs and being fined for hitting him low, just ridiculous.

  33. shoobiedoobin says: Nov 28, 2012 3:12 PM

    If you can find a guys groin while not even looking at him, then aim your foot towards it while almost completely perpendicular to the ground while falling, and actually hit it….well, you’ve earned that groin kick. Looks more like he was falling, his leg didn’t move until AFTER it hit the groin, the way you’d move after you realized you accidentally hit something you shouldn’t have.

  34. electionconfidential says: Nov 28, 2012 3:14 PM

    Anyone who wanted to watch the play and watched it repeated saw that Sum made an extra push for the crotch. I’m disappointed that so many people think that this is okay.

  35. homelanddefense says: Nov 28, 2012 3:14 PM

    so I guess no one apologizes when they accidentally hit people?

  36. steviemo says: Nov 28, 2012 3:17 PM

    The fact that Suh’s a liar is not news. Total jerk. Believe me, great athletes know what their hands and feet are doing. I used to like him; now I hate him. Will never root for him again.

  37. finbukake says: Nov 28, 2012 3:22 PM

    Suh will get his one day, and there will be no sympathy for him.

  38. dukemarc says: Nov 28, 2012 3:23 PM

    thekiy says:
    Nov 28, 2012 2:34 PM
    Good for Suh.

    He’s being demonized despite his excellent play


    I stopped there because I was laughing too hard.

  39. formyministy says: Nov 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    did jared allen apologize for ending chicago guard’s season? did brodrick bunkley apologize for kicking the 49er in his head? (crickets chirping)

  40. paytonsghost34 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    thekiy says: Nov 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    Good for Suh.

    He’s being demonized despite his excellent play and lack of penalties this year. One five-yard offsides this season, that’s it.

    Small problem: He hasn’t played well for the better part of two seasons.

    Couple that with his continuation of highly questionable tactics and it amazes me that the Lions themselves haven’t fined this goon.

  41. jluns275 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    Suh shouldn’t be surprised if the NFL looks the other way on some OL “accidentally” rolling up on Suh’s ankle/knee.

    It will be interesting to see Suh’s attitude when that happens.


  42. axespray says: Nov 28, 2012 3:33 PM

    Remember that soundbite where a Dolphins player (jason taylor?) accidently bumped Brett Favre in the same area – and Favre laughed it off, cause he knows inadvertent things occur during football games ?

  43. coltzfan166 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    That’s why he should apologize if he didn’t mean to do it. If he’s the type of guy that meant to do it then he’s type that wouldn’t apologize for it either.

  44. contraisloosebuthole says: Nov 28, 2012 3:47 PM

    Not the biggest deal in the world. However I have apologized for accidents in the past. So why not say…..sorry my foot accidentally hit your wedding tackle?

  45. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Accidents are what people apologize for. If he’s not willing to apologize, he did it on purpose.

  46. hatesycophants says: Nov 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Couldn’t find the Freep article where the Colt’s acting HC had nothing but glowing remarks about Suh’s play?

    I get it, but do you folks have to make it so obvious?

  47. sprtsfan1 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:58 PM

    Makes no sense! Not a fan of Suh, but the NFL said they found no intention, yet they fine the guy? WHAT???

  48. goodellhatesfootball says: Nov 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    What a jerk. If I accidentally kicked someone in the nuts I would apologize profusely.

  49. isphet71 says: Nov 28, 2012 4:16 PM

    Suh has 30,000 reasons to not apologize.

  50. bopar411 says: Nov 28, 2012 4:26 PM

    Ndamukong Suh = Born Liar.

    Can’t even apologize for the obviously intentional kick? Cannot believe anything he says.

    Whether he meant to hit Shaub in the groin area or not… the kick was clearly intentional.

  51. jason49er says: Nov 28, 2012 4:33 PM

    Haynesworth 2.0

  52. rjkilla says: Nov 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    trade him to carolina!!! i’ll gladly take him, and 11 just like him

  53. flickaboogie says: Nov 28, 2012 5:06 PM

    HaHa, I see linemen apologizing to each other after every play because they keep bumping into each other.

  54. bathroomben7 says: Nov 28, 2012 5:34 PM

    How did the Saints miss trading up to draft this guy?

  55. primetime0552 says: Nov 28, 2012 5:47 PM

    Suh is top 5 in qb pressures this year, wow you’re right he is horrible! why would anyone want him? just because his numbers aren’t as gaudy as his rookie year doesn’t mean he isn’t affecting the games the same way. he had 9 qb pressures against the texans on thanksgiving!

  56. mrpowers88 says: Nov 28, 2012 5:48 PM

    The way Suh is making it seem is that if he isn’t looking, its not intentional- he looked away before stomping on Dietrich-Smith and he figured he couldn’t get in trouble for kicking Schaub if his face was in the turf.

    The fact that the NFL fined him after saying there was no intent is a joke too. Would a DB be fined if he was blocked into a ballcarrier, causing head-to-head contact? If not, Suh technically shouldn’t be fined here.

    The way the NFL tries to have it both ways is astounding

  57. ajec80 says: Nov 28, 2012 6:13 PM

    He denied that it was intentional, so how can he apologize? That would be, in essence, an admission of guilt.

    I’m really not a fan of his at all, and I think he’s a extremely dirty player. But I’ll concede that he’s intelligent, moreso than most people think.

  58. hex25 says: Nov 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    Schaub is weak to be even complaining, football is turning to political, you play football for millions! Your going to get hit!!

  59. larryboodry says: Nov 28, 2012 10:15 PM

    I am more likely to apologize for something done accidentally…If I did it on purpose, you probably deserved it, and anything I might say at that time would be less than contrite.

  60. easyeddie says: Nov 28, 2012 11:45 PM

    So effing what? A lot worse happens all the time in the NFL. And Schaub sounded like a girl whining about Suh.

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