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.