Agent: Everyone wants to make Ndamukong Suh a villain

AP

The agent for Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh does not appreciate the way Suh’s low block on Vikings center John Sullivan is being portrayed as a bad guy.

Agent Roosevelt Barnes told the Associated Press that Suh was just doing his job when he blocked Sullivan while Sullivan was chasing Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy after an interception. According to Barnes, if Sullivan couldn’t take a hit, then Sullivan shouldn’t have been running down the field after Levy.

“Everyone is talking about how Ndamukong shouldn’t have blocked the 300-pound lineman because there was no way he was going to catch a linebacker,” Barnes said. “If that’s the case, the lineman should’ve known he wasn’t going to catch the linebacker. But the lineman did attempt to catch the linebacker and Ndamukong attempted to block him. But everyone wants to make Ndamukong out to be a villain.”

The issue, however, isn’t that Suh blocked Sullivan. It’s that Suh blocked Sullivan illegally by hitting Sullivan in the knees, when low blocks on interception returns are against the rules. Even if you believe Suh that he wasn’t trying to hurt Sullivan, and even if you think the $100,000 fine the NFL imposed was overly harsh, the fact remains that Suh committed a penalty and cost his team a touchdown. That doesn’t make him a villain, but it’s not exactly something to be proud of, either.

99 responses to “Agent: Everyone wants to make Ndamukong Suh a villain

  1. Yes, you’re right, Barnes – Suh is the victim in all this … just like how his foot got slammed by Schaub’s bean pouch … or like his heel was abused by Dietrich-Smith’s arm.

  2. What an idiot! Suh himself is the only person that has caused people to label him as a villain. When you do are a dirty, cheap shot artist on the field, you will tend to be labeled as a bad guy, plain and simple.

  3. Right, it’s everyone else’s fault Suh is a cheap shot artist, right Mr. (I make my money off him) agent?

  4. Suh’s ‘Mr. Innocent’ act, and the lame excuses are getting old. I really expected his agent to say that his client was a dirty player with free agency right around the corner. Suh did it to himself on Thanksgiving with the entire country watching him stomp a guy.

  5. Always the victim, why does every one want to pick and bully this poor man around, like you haven’t done any drunk driving tirades around town. Oh, And realy who at work haven’t you wanted to stomp or kick in the nuts? So it was a little behind and from the side, if that dude turned around it would have been face on. I think we need to from a stadium protest this Sunday, every game we can be out there with our stop the hate, stop the bullying , stop picking on Suh, Free Ndamukong!!

  6. You know what’s worse than being a low rent scumbag who has repeatedly shown a willingness to purposely injure others? Being a whiny crybaby. Yep.

  7. I can assure you that I have never forced Suh to act in any way that is unprofessional; I have no control over him. If I did, I’d smack him with my purse while he was on the field and expect him to act like a grown man with some sense.

    As what I say is true, “everyone” does not want to make Suh a villian – HE IS ONE! The agent is thus lying.

  8. The true super villians are being and have been exposed! Sports Agents!!! Suh should know he is under microscope. He stomped on people and kicked a precious, over watched and protected NFL Quarterback in the junk. This isn’t the 60′ and 70’s anymore whether people like it or not. You can’t be Mean Joe Green anymore. The days of defense are over unfortunately. If you continue to be a dirtbag player then you dirtbag player. I love the way Suh plays. He needs to control his “accidents”. He is a throw back guy who plays defense the way it’s suppose to be played. Tough and shocking! But as I said this NFL is soft and doesn’t care for that as they will lose cash from the so called “tough guys of yesteryear” who sue the NFL over something they all should have been aware of. When you hit or get hit you will get hurt or hurt others. They knew!

  9. The problem isn’t that Suh sometimes goes off the play nice reservation, the issue is that others are not called on it as well.

    Exhibit #1: Nick Mangold launches into the back of Aquib Talib knees, while out of bounds. Have we spent any time talking about what a dirty play that was? Would we still be talking about it if Suh was the protagonist?

  10. I hope the Bears run about 20 Wham blocks on Suh and let Bushrod and Mills knock him silly. Long wont take any crap from him so I’m sure he will get a cheap shot or two. The bully never likes to get hit.

  11. “Agent: Everyone wants to make Ndamukong Suh a villain”
    He did this himself, from his actions on the field to greeting the cable guy with a gun because he needed to cross Suh’s property to get access to a control box.
    If not for the game he would be dead or in jail.

  12. Ah, this Agent has one major problem: Suh IS a villain. Suh has proven that he IS a villain over and over again to where there is no doubt.

    No amount of PR and sucking up to Suh will ever help this Agent out since we all have Suh’s own body of villainy to look at and a body of evidence that Suh keeps adding to all on his own.

    The NFL needs to ban this guy for life before he ends the career of decent players or, to the NFL’s greatest nightmare, Suh ends the career of a major NFL star with his villainy and evil acts.

  13. I hear a bunch of crybabies in these comments. The agent is exactly right. The NFL needs a bad guy so they made that out of Suh.

  14. Is Suh’s agent really as stupid as Suh? I think I’d be looking for a different agent. Talk about an asinine statement!

  15. Think about this Goodell. Players are suing the league for their concussions and injuries, claiming the NFL is responsible. In the NFL fans don’t look at things the same way as a lawyer does. “Suhsie” has a rap sheet of these types of actions and all it is going to take is for him to end some players career and it won’t take an overly bright lawyer (no reference to you Florio) to bring a lawsuit against the NFL for not taking corrective action against a player who has the history that Suh does. The NFL wants to “claim” that player safety is a priority but it won’t take much to prove their actions don’t match their words. This type of lawsuit would have much stronger legs in a court of law than a player suing for concussions as there is always the defense that concussion injuries could’ve happened in Pop Warner ball, high school, college, etc. whereas Suh’s dirty tactics are viewed my millions of people and hundreds of cameras. Florio I would like to see you address this issue in one of your analytical diatribes.

  16. It’s unreal to me the amount of people who want to apologize and back this guy. Really, people who do just look silly and completely ridiculous.

  17. That’s how Barnes played sports.
    Remember back in 1981 while playing basketball for Purdue Mr. Barnes sucker punched Isiah Thomas (which Isiah was blamed for) prompting Bobby Knight bringing a jackass on his tv show to represent Purdue.

  18. Oh no, poor Sue is the victim. here he was 15-20 yards BEHIND the play and he just had to throw that last low block on that super fast lineman who was going to chase that backer down. What a travesty!.

  19. It would matter if he was even remotely a good player. A second overall pick? Suh’s game is more suited for the WWF. He is an average at best NFL talent. Look at his stats…

  20. Props to Suh for busting his butt and getting a block on Sullivan during the play. Inch or two higher and it is no big deal. Stuff happens

  21. The agent is correct in the fact that the Clay Matthews story was so much more blatantly cheap than Suh’s transgression. You had a Matthews coming out with head hunter talk prior to the game and then he launches himself airborne at Kaepernick. Yet the media spent more time on the illegal block that happens on several kickoff returns a season and makes it sound like Suh was trying to end his career by hitting in the thigh pad and chopping his legs out from under him. It’s because the name Suh has legs in the public as a negative story and Clay Matthews story is counter to the messaging that he is a golden boy on a beloved Green Bay team.

  22. Title Correction: “Suh Likes to Play The Villian” What cracks me up is how he supposedly takes responsibility as per himself and Reggie Bush but then says he did nothing wrong. Make sense to anyone other than Lion fans?

  23. He’s right. You all need a villain and you’ve chosen Suh.
    Too bad for all of you that Suh couldn’t care less what you think about him and he’s a great player who will embarrass your O line.

  24. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. No amount of a spin job by the Lions PR department or the bland form letter “apologies” issued by his lawyer is going to distract from the fact that Suh is a dirty player and tries to ruin guys’ careers.

  25. most of you are morons. 15-20yds behind the play? really? my advice, go get an eye exam, watch the play again, he was only like 7yds behind and hit him in the thighs. bunch of brainwashed morons on here. call him a whiney crybaby all you want, but the fact is, most of you are crying about you tough football players being hit in a game where the concept is, to hit. wow shocker.

  26. “It’s not fair that everyone judges my client on his bad behavior, repeated offenses and lack of remorse.”

  27. “ososrule says:
    Sep 14, 2013 12:53 PM
    You’re an Agent, not a lawyer! Suh is the dirtiest player ever, period!”

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    1) Have you been watching football for more than 5 years? Not even close to being the dirtiest player. Not even top 20. Learn a bit more about this league.

    2) Why would Suh need a lawyer and who else other than his agent would be concerned about his public image? He doesn’t need a lawyer for his image, he needs an agent.

    3) What sort of degree do you think most agents get? Most of them are lawyers so without looking anything up I would bet this agent is a lawyer as well. If he isn’t a lawyer he has more than one on his payroll.

    Have to applaud you on that you might have put more ignorance in two sentence then I have ever seen.

  28. I don’t think he is that dirty and I am a Packer fan. He plays hard and everyone complaining would love him if he was on their team. Has me made mistakes on and off the field? Yea but I would take him in a second on my team.

  29. It would matter if he was even remotely a good player. A second overall pick? Suh’s game is more suited for the WWF. He is an average at best NFL talent. Look at his stats…

    Yeah he only anchored the defensive line that held AP under 100 yards last week…

  30. I hope the Bears run about 20 Wham blocks on Suh and let Bushrod and Mills knock him silly. Long wont take any crap from him so I’m sure he will get a cheap shot or two. The bully never likes to get hit.

    Oh yes. I’m sure Chicago’s offensive line has him quivering in his boots

  31. Yeah lets see if Offensive Guard David DeCastro get a $100,000 fine for TRYING to low cut Sammy Hill while he was engaged in a block with Pouncy, and ended his own teammates career!!!!! who gets fine for this?

  32. buckybadger says:
    Sep 14, 2013 1:45 PM
    “ososrule says:
    Sep 14, 2013 12:53 PM
    You’re an Agent, not a lawyer! Suh is the dirtiest player ever, period!”

    ————————————–

    1) Have you been watching football for more than 5 years? Not even close to being the dirtiest player. Not even top 20. Learn a bit more about this league.

    2) Why would Suh need a lawyer and who else other than his agent would be concerned about his public image? He doesn’t need a lawyer for his image, he needs an agent.

    3) What sort of degree do you think most agents get? Most of them are lawyers so without looking anything up I would bet this agent is a lawyer as well. If he isn’t a lawyer he has more than one on his payroll.

    Have to applaud you on that you might have put more ignorance in two sentence then I have ever seen.

    ___________________________________

    The Dirtiest Player in the NFL Agent:

    Roosevelt Barnes, Jr. (born August 3, 1958 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a former American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football at Purdue University. After retiring from professional football, in 1987 Barnes became a partner and contract advisor with Maximum Sports Management. Over the years, Barnes has become one of the top contract negotiators in the industry. He has negotiated contracts for Laveranues Coles, Walter Jones, Ray Lewis, and Andre Wadsworth, among others.

    I watch Suh play my team twice every season. No one even comes close to playing as dirty as him. Don’t rage because your a fan of Suh, It’s just an opinion dude, calm down!

    You were saying something about ignorance, but I couldn’t hear you because your foot is your mouth!

  33. Just a question
    Where’s Suh’s HEAD COACH ?
    Shouldn’t HE SAY SOMETHING to him ?
    How about his Defensive Coordinator ?
    Aren’t THEY JUST AS RESPONSIBLE ??
    Couldn’t They put a stop to the cheap shots ??

  34. “jgat12 says:
    Sep 14, 2013 1:19 PM
    Suh is a girls name”
    ==================
    and he fights like one too, dirty, cheating, stompin’ on someone on the ground, hitting them when they’re not lookin’ kicking ’em in the gonaads, LOL

  35. richndc says:
    Sep 14, 2013 11:06 AM
    You know what’s worse than being a low rent scumbag who has repeatedly shown a willingness to purposely injure others? Being a whiny crybaby. Yep.
    ——————————-
    Whom has Suh injured? Name one.

  36. Don’t you just love the “VICTIM MENTALITY” here?? Suh is Roosevelt Barnes’ “cash cow”, of course he’s going to resort to his world of false reality to justify all of Suh’s dirty play. Reminds me alot of the so called “leadership” we’re seeing in this country.

  37. Suh is dirty, but what’s worse is he’s undisciplined and hurts his own team by his actions.

    I don’t want him on my team. I only want team-first guys on my team.

  38. Its pretty funny how every time this guy commits a penalty it turns out that according to the media it was intentional and dirty. Yeah he stomped a guy, that was dirty but you didn’t see the eye gouging or other dirty things that was done to him for him to retaliate. Its amazing that you keep writing articles about this play that wasn’t dirty it was just a guy looking to make a play, bang bang, ended up low and was penalized for it. I don’t believe it was dirty, and it sure as hell doesn’t look dirty what so ever. You guys want to complain about people being dirty why don’t you look to the guy that is hitting quarterbacks well out of bounds and getting up throwing punches and slaps. Oh wait, he plays for you darling packers……

  39. Suh should grow his hair out and dye it. As Goodell clearly has a thing for blonds. Mangold and Matthews had dirty, out of bounds hits, while Suh hit a man in the field of play. But Suh is labeled the villain. Take your propaganda and favoritism for your golden boys and stuff it.

  40. He’s a dirty player who takes cheap shots… Even when they are completely out of the scope of the play and completely unnecessary.

    At least when the steelers take cheap shots it’s usually trying to do something besides injuring the other team. It’s in the scope of play.

  41. The Clay Matthews hit was blatent and he deserves a fine and/or further discipline. He received a $15K fine. However, the difference between Suh and Matthews is that Suh is a repeat offender several times over. Matthews is not. Stop comparing the two. Suh is a dirty player and takes no responsibility for being one. Bottom line.

  42. I do not understand most if these comments….. last year that play was legal… but this year apparently its dirty and you have to pay a big price. Last year there’s not even a flag but this year its considered dirty? What? Have we lost our minds?

  43. Its true. Everyone makes him out to be a horrible person but if he was why would he donate 2.6 million dollars to the University of Nebraska? Why would he donate 250,000 to his highschool? He’s a good dude that has his character overshadowed by some shady plays. But don’t make him out to be a villian. He’s far from it.

  44. I see Roger Goodell has some of his minions logged onto PFT and leaving messages in support of his incompetence.

  45. 100k is way too excessive. The NFL is going overboard with these fines. The Tampa player was fined almost $8000 for the push of the Jets QB out of bounds. $8000 for a push?

    Suh’s foot too the nads last season was a fluke, was not flagged, and certainly didn’t deserve $30K. Suh’s push to Cutler was a joke call and certainly should not have been fined. The stomp was bad.

  46. On the agents side it is his job to keep his client in the news. Suh just keeps showing his negative side. Imagine how glad his agent would be to post, “Suh matches fine with gift to orphanage, and a Pop Warner team.”

  47. Am I the only one that’s watched the play in slow motion and freeze framed on the hit to see that Suh hit Sullivan just below his left hip? The only hit I’ve seen in the last week aimed at someones knees is the hit on Talib. Yet Suh’s hit continues to be seen as completely dirty by some media and most fans. I completely agree with Suh’s agent. If Sullivan feels its hit job to run after Levy then why is it not Suh’s job to block Sullivan.

  48. loyaltodalions says:
    Am I the only one that’s watched the play in slow motion and freeze framed on the hit to see that Suh hit Sullivan just below his left hip? The only hit I’ve seen in the last week aimed at someones knees is the hit on Talib. Yet Suh’s hit continues to be seen as completely dirty by some media and most fans. I completely agree with Suh’s agent. If Sullivan feels its hit job to run after Levy then why is it not Suh’s job to block Sullivan.

    *********************************************

    Absolutely right. And last season that hit was legal. Since returning from his suspension for the 2011 Thanksgiving Day debacle, Suh has had only two personal foul penalties, 46th in the league over that period. Suh has never injured anyone with any of his allegedly dirty play. If this guy is a cheap shot artist, he’s really bad at it.

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