Yep, it was only a matter of time before we’d be able to use that headline.
A woman who was in a car with Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh during a December 3 automobile accident has filed a lawsuit in Oregon alleging that she suffered injuries as a result of the crash.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Saadia Van Winkle seeks damages for negligence, recklessness, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She wants more than $1 million in damages.
She claims among other things that Suh lied to authorities regarding whether anyone was injured in the accident. Van Winkle also contends that, the day after the incident, Suh showed up at her house and offered $700 “in an effort to buy her silence.”
“I think the important facts are that at the scene of the accident my client was bleeding from her head,” attorney Sarah Nelson told Birkett. “She had a laceration above her right eye that required sutures and when he called 911 he said that nobody was injured. He never reported to the police that anybody was injured, never reported to the police that my client was in the car. Meanwhile, she’s bleeding from her head and he’s screaming at her to get out of the car and telling her she’s not hurt.”
The incident occurred in Portland while Suh was serving a two-game suspension for stomping on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving game. Local police opted not to take a second look at the situation after allegations arose that Suh lied about whether anyone was injured, and whether he had been speeding.
The fact that no further investigation occurred shielded Suh from scrutiny of the league office. Information revealed through the litigation could change that, in theory.