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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:

Haynesworth – five games.

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

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).

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

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:02 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The players should be allowed to kick the shit out of each other for three to five minutes like hockey. They have helmets and pads on ,not to mention most are big lumbering linemen offense or defense so what's the big deal it's not like he was pounding the kicker. This is a physical and frustrating game so who cares if some guys temper flares up. No nut kicking otherwise who cares like I commented earlier they are whirring helmets and pads.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:44 am

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Suspend Suh and his d-bag coach since he condones his ridiculous behavior!  Time to make a statement to these clowns!

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:57 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Race is not the central issue in this discussion, it should all be about the players safety. People are passionate about the game of football, and the players need to be protected from people like Suh who obviously don't care.

Google search, "petition to suspend Suh" and support player safety in the NFL! Get this guy out of the league for this year and teach him a lesson.

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:09 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Leave it to the racist Freeman to defend Suh. Anybody want to guess what Freeman's opinion would be if it was a white player that stomped on a black player?
How are you arriving at the conclusion that Freeman is defending Suh, or even that race is a central issue in this article?  I honestly didn't think about race until you brought it up, and then had to go back and look at the names of the players again to confirm that they were indeed Black.  Most of the players in the NFL are Black.  When you consider those playing positions like defensive line or safety where the potential for illegal hits is very high, an even higher percentage are Black.  The Black-ness of NFL players is what it is.  So Freeman's establishing a pattern of "not suspending players" on the part of Roger Goodell has noting to do with race.  It has everything to do with the direction the NFL wants to go with its policy.  They prefer to fine the hell out of players and keep them on the field. 

As for Suh, all Freeman is saying is that if Goodell didn't suspend these other guys, he is probably not going to suspend Suh.  He is sure to hit him with a big fine though.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:44 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

They can let him go for the little kick - no big deal.  But he should be suspended for that ridiculous excuse post game.  

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:50 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Why doesn't Schwartz suspend him for a game or two before the league even hands down sanctions against Suh?  This would restore some integrity to a club that started the season as an "underdog, feel-good story" and has lately started to turn into a bunch of thugs from the top down.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:37 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

  He waited too long to admit what he did, and apologise. Especially after trying to defend himself after the game with a real stupid explanation.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:22 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Why ae people acting like the are personally offended?

Let ne honest..we all love players like Suh..we love watching the drama of what could happen...will he take a QBs head off?  Bodyslam a RB?    This is what drives the media frenzy....embrace it..don`t cry and whine.   This is great fodder.   We all want Suh to be Suh.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:54 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Time for the league to start a new pattern.. Three games and up should be the penalty...

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:57 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

There is no comparison between what Suh did and what Haynesworth did.  Suh was not even looking when he did his one kick.  Hayneworth repeatly stomped on an opposing players head.

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