Following Atlanta's 23-16 victory over Detroit on Sunday, there was a big old hullabaloo surrounding some alleged trash talk and unsportsmanlike actions from members of the Lions defense. As our own Mike Freeman detailed in Detroit, Roddy White called out Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril for -- literally -- kicking Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan while he was down.
White also said he "lost a whole lot of respect" for Avril and Suh. Avril fired back on Twitter, insinuating that it's the Falcons who are the dirty team. Suh was a bit more dismissive, when talking with Detroit reporters Monday.
"Do I need Rodney White's respect? No. Leave it at that," Suh said per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press.
No that is not a typo -- Birkett notes that Suh quite clearly called the wideout "Rodney." And then Suh decided not to "leave it at that."
"To me it’s karma," Suh said. "For all the bad stuff they’ve done in the past, their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback. So I’ll leave it at that."
I mentioned it in Sorting the Sunday Pile this morning, but the Lions are quite quickly becoming the bad boys of the NFL aren't they? Like a cooler version of the Jets or something? (Read: a defensive-minded team with swagger that's not afraid to publicly trash-talk people only we're not sick of them because of all the guarantees.)
Of course, that description only really works if the Lions can right the ship and start winning again. They get a chance in Week 8 against the Fightin' Tebows Denver, and hopefully that's the spark gets them back on track for a playoff berth that features rematches against the 49ers and Falcons.
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