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Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his turkey day stupidity. It's a good start. Though he needs to apologize to the man who's body he attacked like it was a wing minus the stuffing.

But there is something bigger than his apology. It is this: if you expect a lengthy, hard punishment for Suh, you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but numerous signs point to Suh getting no more than a fine and one-game suspension.

Here's why. Aside from the notorious Albert Haynesworth head stomp, there hasn't been more than a one-game suspension for on-field violations in the Roger Goodell years, and Suh was tossed for the second half of the game, so that should tell you something.

Again: Goodell has not issued lengthy suspensions for on-field infractions. It just has not been his way. That could change with this but it seems unlikely.

During the Goodell administration, there have been the following suspensions for on-field violations:

2006:
Haynesworth – five games.

2007:
Roy Williams--one game (after third illegal horse collar tackle of season).


2008:
Elbert Mack--one game (launched helmet-to-helmet against Matt Ryan on interception; second flagrant hit in three games). And Eric Smith, one game suspension plus a $50,000 fine (flagrant helmet-to-helmet hit on Anquan Boldin).


2009:
Dante Wesley--one game (launch and hit Tampa’s Clifton Smith in head with shoulder and forearm before he had touched ball).

In 2010, there were no suspensions.

So, see the pattern there? Goodell seems to draw a distinction between off-field bad behavior and on it. Again, he could change course, but it seems like Suh will miss a maximum of one game.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lions
 
Comments

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:37 am
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Wrong again, 2 games as it should be. So much for being a sports reporter-




Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I could see 1 game and 100,000 fine.

the next time, he does something stupid- automatic 3 games.





Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I did not watch that game. I was watching the 2012 Super Bowl Matchup Preview between the 49es and the Ravens.

now thats funny, lmao!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

First of all, Goodell doesn't decide punishments.  He has input, but the decision is not made by him.


I agree with the rest of what you said, but you are absolutely incorrect in this. Goodell has full power on disciplinary actions, he does involve other people in those decisions, but only when and whom he wants to. It was a point of contention in the CBA talks that the players ended up giving up on because Goodell was so insistant he remain judge and jury on all matters.  



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

He kicked him in the arm not the teeth



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The Romans slaughtered millions



Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

First of all, Goodell doesn't decide punishments.  He has input, but the decision is not made by him.  Secondly, it doesn't take a legal analyst to notice that none of the cases cited by Freeman (sans the Haynesworth example) are on point.  Using them as a barometer for likely punishment is misleading.

There is a distinction between on field and off-field conduct, but that isn't the point here.  The distinction here is between actions occurring during the play and actions that occur after it.  Moreover, Suh's shameful refusal to accept responsibility after the game coupled with the fact that the incident occurred not only during a nationally televised game, but during a nationally televised game when the entire country was off work and watching football will add to the problems for Ndamakong.  

If Suh receives less than a 2 game suspension I will be shocked. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:52 am
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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:47 am
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:15 am
 

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Oh goody.  Another anonymous internet tough guy, who was in all likelihood the JV team manager in high school, telling people to "man up".   There's only one reason your reputation stands at zero, and that's because CBS doesn't give us the option of negative numbers..   


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