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Suh: People should get to know me, I’d never kick a man in the groin


Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says that his reputation as a dirty player is based on people making assumptions about him without getting to know him.

Asked by the Houston Chronicle about his Thanksgiving kick to the groin on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Suh said people would have seen it for the accident it was if they didn’t have preconceived notions about him being dirty.

“People kind of had their minds made up already,” he said. “I would never want to kick someone in that area.”

Of course, the reason people had their minds made up is that a year earlier, Suh stomped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith — and no one thinks that was an accident. But Suh says that instant shouldn’t define him.

“I wish people took the time to get to know me,” Suh said.

Suh can come across like an intelligent, thoughtful man off the field. But opponents who have gotten to know him by playing against him on the field have voted him the NFL’s dirtiest player. Those guys would rather not know Suh.

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57 Responses to “Suh: People should get to know me, I’d never kick a man in the groin”
  1. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:53 AM

    Yeah…’ve just never been caught at kicking a player in the groin. Did you forget that you were voter the ‘Dirtiest Player In The NFL’?

  2. scottyhammer says: Jan 25, 2013 8:53 AM

    In my best Mike Ditka voice:

    ‘Suh, you’re full of it…STOP IT!’

  3. slvrspec says: Jan 25, 2013 8:54 AM

    Oh please!!

  4. mjkelly77 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    Yeah, the young man definitely over-reacted when Evan Dietrich-Smith and others kept untying his shoes and kept holding him on plays. He should have been like the Lions of 10 years ago and just said “Please stop.”

  5. joecool16280 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:58 AM

    Because so many fans have the chance to get to know players.

    C’mon dude, you’re a dirty player and not really likable…accept it.

  6. larryfinfan says: Jan 25, 2013 8:59 AM

    No offense, Mr. Suh, but the evidence is there for everyone to see…in fact multiple times in your short career you’ve illegally hit, kick, stomp, etc on opponents. The tape doesn’t lie, we’ve all seen it for our own eyes. No matter what you say nor how well I get to know you, I SAW you do those things. It was unabashedly clear what your intentions were at those times. Stop trying to defend what you’ve already done and don’t do it any longer. Then MAYBE some of us will start to believe you aren’t that guy you pretend not to be…

  7. whatjusthapped says: Jan 25, 2013 9:01 AM

    He’s delusional, any PR pundit will tell you that when you make a mistake of that magnitude, you apologize and move on. Denying it, acting like it never happened is just an insult to the intelligence of anybody with functional eyesight.

    But then again, this is the Lion’s we are talking about. Accountability isn’t exactly their strong suit.

  8. selldannysell says: Jan 25, 2013 9:02 AM

    But, he would stomp on their helmets. Okay, I understand.

  9. broncosaddict says: Jan 25, 2013 9:02 AM

    Stomp yes, kick never….

  10. n0hopeleft says: Jan 25, 2013 9:06 AM

    This is an obvious case of too many hits to the head. Dude is delusional.

  11. digbysellers says: Jan 25, 2013 9:07 AM

    I would.

  12. donny1rodriguez says: Jan 25, 2013 9:07 AM

    Suh is a better person than tom brady.

  13. 85pmart says: Jan 25, 2013 9:09 AM

    Never is a long time NS. Think it’s already too late for that statement. Heard Suh was being traded to the Aints for a 4th round pick. Good deal for Motown.

  14. dasboat says: Jan 25, 2013 9:11 AM

    The only way we, as fans, get to “know” any players is by viewing their actions on and off the field.

  15. antneejay2 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:12 AM

    Someone might want to remind Mr. Suh that NFL games are televised.

  16. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    What suh did to schaub wasn’t intentional. When you’re lying on the back of your neck like he was, the natural reaction is to kick to get your body balanced out to a more comfortable position. Schaub’s groin just happened to be there.

  17. mj1818 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:15 AM

    And Barry bonds never took steroids…

  18. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:15 AM

    I’m not sure who is more disgraceful, Suh or the Browns.

  19. vikesfan320 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:16 AM

    Suh is one of those guys that off the field is a class act (the first thing he did after signing his first NFL contract is was donate money to Nebraska for a new weight room center), but on the field he’s a complete jackwagon.

  20. pixelito says: Jan 25, 2013 9:17 AM

    Except for that time he did…

  21. cjallday81 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    Thanksgiving 2012 called, they want your non-story back.

    Perhaps talking about Brady’s kick to Ed Reed would be more relevant.

  22. timmihendrix says: Jan 25, 2013 9:23 AM

    Saying Suh is the dirtiest player in the league is like saying Tebow is the most controversial. Its all hype built up by this new opinion media, pft being one of the worst offenders. There are o-lineman who give 20 cheapshots every game but suh gets judged on 2-3 plays? He seems to be in denial of some kind of emotional disorder but there is no way he is the dirtiest player in the league.

  23. mrwright313 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:24 AM

    Lion’s hate in 3,2,1…..

  24. bennyb82 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:25 AM

    The worst decision that Suh made was not stomping the GB player, but denying that he stomped him after the game. No one will ever take what he says to be the truth ever again, especially when other questionable incidents keep happening.

  25. 2difshoe says: Jan 25, 2013 9:25 AM

    “Suh: People should get to know me, I’d never kick a man in the groin”

    Not so much….you have kicked and will kick again. Just a matter of time. Looks like players are going to have to better protect their other helmeted area when you are on the field.

  26. phuriousjorge says: Jan 25, 2013 9:28 AM

    This made my morning!

  27. blizzard01 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:29 AM

    So maybe its uncharacteristic for him to kick people in the groin. I mean, no one does it all the time, right? But being uncharacteristically kicked in the mid-thigh region still hurts. Looks bad too, when viewed on national tv. Twice.

  28. tecmobowl34 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:32 AM

    Huh, that’s funny, considering he kicked a man in the groin. On national television. On thanksgiving day.

  29. pftfollower says: Jan 25, 2013 9:33 AM

    And Lance Armstrong would never use PED’s.

  30. dexterismyhero says: Jan 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    “Suh: People should get to know me:

    Sure, how about you drive over and pick me and my buddies up and we go out for a spin in your car…….

  31. pftfollower says: Jan 25, 2013 9:35 AM

    I hope to one day have my car hit by your car, so we can get to know each other while waiting for the cops.

  32. gf2711 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    I can’t wait to get to know his intuitive and deep nature on Celebrity Belly Flop.

  33. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    Hilarious title, when you have to publicly announce you don’t go around kicking people in the nads, maybe you need to stop defending yourself and stop and look in the mirror.

  34. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    personally i don’t know much about this guy, except his first couple of games he was unblockable. it doesn’t seem so anymore.

    not living in detroit, the only time i see his name anywhere now is when he is doing something stupid either on or off the field. so unless he does something that isn’t stupid, what should i know……

  35. Fink says: Jan 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    What about that traffic incident where he followed the guy to the practice facility and threatened him if he called the cops…or something along those lines…

  36. getyourownname says: Jan 25, 2013 9:46 AM

    First, he needs to learn to make sure his socks are in good order.

  37. greymares says: Jan 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    I think i need a definition of ” dirty play “

  38. NoobTubeTV says: Jan 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    Dirtiest player in the league next to Incognito.

  39. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    Everyone wants to take shots at Suh, but EVERYONE would drop dead to have him on their team.

  40. vtopa says: Jan 25, 2013 10:00 AM

    So sick of this egotistical bully.

    Will relish the day when he gets pancaked by an offensive lineman or even better, a RB picking up the blitz. Especially if its someone who’s a non-superstar, decent person like Pierre Thomas or Michael Bush. Even better, Darren Sproles!

  41. rayguyreturns says: Jan 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    Yeah Suh, whatever.
    And Ted Bundy wasn’t a serial killer either.

  42. schmitty2 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    sportsmeccabi says:Jan 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    What suh did to schaub wasn’t intentional. When you’re lying on the back of your neck like he was, the natural reaction is to kick to get your body balanced out to a more comfortable position. Schaub’s groin just happened to be there.

    Umm, I think you need to go back and watch it in slow motion. Although I agree with your assessment about the need to kick your body out
    he CLEARLY snapped his leg to kick him after he was done rolling

  43. revroy78 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    I’m a Titans fan and would love for the Titans to trade their first round pick for him. Then, we’d tell Suh to kick Shaub in the nuts on every play. Hell, we loved Haynesworth and stomped on a guy’s face once.

  44. RoofDude says: Jan 25, 2013 10:32 AM

    Different times ….. I wonder how Butkis or Deacon Jones would be thought of today…? Would they be “dirty” players today….

  45. crush22 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:53 AM

    Go Away.

  46. scoregasmic says: Jan 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    He’s actually a really nice guy, but that’s no fun for ESPN…maybe one day fans will come around to see that, but probably not because we are sheep who listen to anything the media tells us. Tom Brady is a great guy right? If Suh had kicked Ed Reed that his head would be burning on a stake right now. I just feel bad for him cause he’s constantly doing charity work yet people call him a scumbag because he’s an intense football player. If you guys want your DTs to gentley lay the QB on the ground tuck him in and read him a bed time story that’s fine, but I want my DTs to try and rip the QBs head off and that’s why Suh is my favorite player in the league behind Calvin

  47. immafubared says: Jan 25, 2013 11:12 AM

    IMHO he has done all this for one purpose, to get attention. My take. He is very very intellegent and has already made plans for after football life and I think he wants Sapp’s job. In order to get it he must be in the news, not just a player, but in the news and getting noticed just like Warren did.
    This everything he is doing is planned out in advance to get press and its working pretty good I’d say.

  48. immafubared says: Jan 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    If I were him I would start worrying about his play or lack of. How he made the pro bowl is beyond me but he is not the star everyone thinks he is.

  49. shlort says: Jan 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    “I wish people took the time to get to know me,” Suh said.

    All people know is that you’ll stomp on a players arm and say it was an accident and you’ll kick your leg out at a QB trying to make contact and say you werent trying to do it. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Suh.

    Otherwise, you are a good player that could be great if you took the time to learn how to control yourself 100% of the time. You need to show respect before you recieve it. You are judged by what people see. Demonstrate excellence, and you are on your way to getting what you think you deserve.

  50. larryfinfan says: Jan 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    Scoregasmic….you got it wrong. It’s not how good a player he is on the field, it’s that he’s still in denial of what we all saw on film and heard him say about it afterwards. Advice to him is to move on, not keep bringing it back up. Yes, the guy is a dirty player, yes he’s also a very good DT and yes most fans will harp on him because of two reasons…1) he continues to give them reasons to do so by bringing up old crap and 2) he continues to do things on the field that are “beyond” the accepted standard of fair play…. You just have to wonder every game “is this the game that he has another melt down?” He certainly hasn’t shown any remorse for his unfair and unethical antics on the field and he hasn’t really shown any reason for us to believe it won’t continue…

  51. djcologne says: Jan 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    People should get to know me, I’d never eat another human being.

    Signed Jeffrey Dahmer

  52. granadafan says: Jan 25, 2013 12:44 PM

    Most delusional player in the league. He must have the same publicist and agent as Manti Te’o

  53. mjkelly77 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    immafubared says:Jan 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    If I were him I would start worrying about his play or lack of. How he made the pro bowl is beyond me but he is not the star everyone thinks he is.

    And you base this opinion on …?

  54. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Liar liar pants on fire

  55. traveye99 says: Jan 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    Big surprise, Lions fans defend him and love everything he does. Everyone else hates him. Pretty typical of a dirty player (see Pierzinski, AJ).

  56. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 26, 2013 12:31 AM

    Yep that little incident where you stomped the crap out of a Packer does tend to stink in people’s minds.

  57. 11thstreetmafia says: Jan 26, 2013 3:08 PM

    The Lions are hilarious.

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