No taunting fine for Ndamukong Suh

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Last Sunday, Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh drew a flag for taunting, even though he wasn’t taunting. The league office has agreed that he wasn’t taunting.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Suh wasn’t fined for the taunting foul that was called after he confronted Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who seemed to kick at Suh. Suh’s words seemed to be an objection to the apparent kick, not a taunt during or after a big play.

Although the powers-that-be opted to apply common sense to the situation, the outcome underscores the problem with the taunting rule and its application. Not every post-play interaction between players is a taunt.

It’s an emotional sport. While it’s reasonable to expect players to shut off the physical manifestation of those emotions at the whistle, it’s unrealistic to expect players to behave like robots with their batteries removed between whistle and snap.

Hopefully, the decision not to fine Suh becomes an implicit concession by the league that the current approach doesn’t work. Maybe the league will reconsider the current taunting rules and fashion something more realistic for 2022.

18 responses to “No taunting fine for Ndamukong Suh

  1. A lot of wrongs in the way penalties and fines work in the NFL . Tyreek Hill was fined $12,875 for using pom-poms to celebrate a touchdown, Aaron Donald was fined $10,815 for choking Cardinals OT DJ Humphreys. My 5 year old granddaughter could make better more fair judgments.

  2. I have always wanted the league to enforce a penalty during the play. Example if someone like Tyreek Hill or any other player taunts before the endzone the score should not count. A penalty is a penalty before the score. Be it a hold or a face mask or pass interference, these all get called back. Replay the down that’s the way to make it even and correct the rule. Just my opinion

  3. I have always wanted the league to enforce a penalty during the play. Example if a player taunts before the endzone the score should not count. A penalty is a penalty before the score. Be it a hold or a face mask or pass interference, these all get called back. Replay the down that’s the way to make it even and correct the rule. Just my opinion

  4. Yeah, there were a few bad calls in that game. They mostly went against the Bucs and killed two drives in the process.

  5. Stafford should have been slapped with a fine. He’s like the sneaky sibling who incites and intimidates, then plays innocent. Only this time he was caught red handed on camera going the deed. Staffie being a bad boy again.

  6. You couldn’t see it on the live angle, and one replay angle inconclusive, but one replay camera angle of Stafford’s rainbow to Kupp that set up the field goal showed that, after Matt released the ball, Suh shoved him to the ground when he absolutely could have pulled up. To Stafford’s credit, he simply jumped up and ran down the field flapping his arms like a deranged chicken to get the team lined up in time for the spike. And I thought I saw him even yelling at a Buccaneer defender to get down the field! Good on MS, class and a cool head.

    I think the NFL should just kick Suh out, or else fine him into oblivion. He’s just a dirty player with zero self-control and zero interest in changing a thing.

  7. I believe this is the first time Suh has ever been found in the right on a post play penalty.

  8. Interesting thing for those who call Suh a dirty player to think about. Since the close of the 2014 season, Suh has been fined exactly one time – in 2018 for a horse-collar tackle. That’s once in 7 full seasons. Ever stop to think he may have cleaned up his act, or are you going to keep mindlessly mouthing the same tired narrative?

  9. It wasn’t taunting. He could be fined for something else, but what he did wasn’t taunting. It doesn’t matter anyway. Suh should have been removed from the league years ago, when he deliberately tried to injure a player the first time. He’s done it several times since. Taunting doesn’t end careers. Guys like Suh do. As long as he’s still in the league, the owners shouldn’t keep pretending like they’re concerned for the players. Taunting is more about sportsmanship. Suh is about injuring people outside of the rules of the game. He needs to get his anger under control before he retires and becomes a regular citizen. He won’t have the same protection from prosecution.

  10. Stafford should be fined for kicking an opponent after the play. Unnecessary, not to mention sneaky roughness.

  11. The flag wasn’t the problem. Suh shouldn’t have gotten in Stafford’s face after the play. The problem is the refs missed Stafford’s kick. Suh should’ve went to the refs, not Matt.

  12. It was at least unsportsmanlike conduct for Suh to threaten Stafford. Should have been fined accordingly.

  13. That penalty helped the Rams and also put even more pressure on the Tampa defense. Not calling it might have changed the outcome of the game. A day late and a dollar short for Tampa.

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