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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: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

The offensive lineman did nothing to merit being kicked & stomped on.  Sorry to say, you are your Lions are pretenders & thugs, hope you enjoy watching other teams make it into the playoffs while the Lions fall.  

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:21 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

As a Packers fan I hope Suh only gets a 1 game suspension.  Yes his actions were terrible and he should be punished, but suspending him for something like the entire season isn't helping anyone.  There are certainly other times that a player could've been suspended and weren't.  2 Packers games alone included 2 of those.  Earlier in the season with Charles Woodson throwing a punch, and a few games ago when someone blatantly kicked out at a Packers lineman crotch area.  Neither of those resulted in a suspension or ejection, even though they both probably should have.  Following that precedent then I think Suh being ejected and getting a 1 game suspension is fair.  Also, I don't think it helps players to keep them for too long away from their team and the support system it provides.  Certainly Suh deserves punishment and should probably be pushed into anger management, but taking him out for the year would be doing him and NFL players in general a disservice.  My 2c anyway.    

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:15 pm

Suh Stupidity

Honestly I'm sick of Suh. The guy has not been in the league for even 2 years now and he is always involved in something one week or another, most notable the ripping of quarterback's heads. Before stomping on the guy, Suh took the defenseless guys head and kept shoving it in the grounf, before preceding to stomp on him. Sack up and Grow up Suh. Should get 3 game suspension in my mind, teach this punk a lesson.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:02 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

I know I went to a small college and my comprehension may be lacking but after reading the article 3 times, I fail to understand where some of the readers can derive race from it or others see it as saying he's defending Suh. The article I read didn't defend Suh nor did it judge Suh. The article clearly states Freemans opinion as to how Goodall will handle the situation based on past punishments administered. It's amazing how one article can be posted and get hundreds of interpretations.

If someone could educate me where I could find the defense of Suh in this article or the racism, I'd greatly appreciate it because maybe it's me that's reading it wrong. Suh clearly did something that is unexceptable and deserves that most harsh punishment that can be given.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 4:02 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Where can one find this apology?

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:41 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Suh's actions are inexcusable but don't really warrant more than a heafty fine and one game suspension.  Anyone calling for something more needs to put personal feelings aside and think about it.  I won't defend him one bit.  He has his reputation but this is really the first disqualifying and suspention-earning action by him and the punishment must fit the crime.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:25 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

You could not be more wrong. What NFL have you been watching where it is normal that a player tries to use his cleats to attack someone well after the whistle has blown? If he accidentally stepped on him trying to get up or during the game he was running and stepped on the arm that is one thing. The whistle was blown and he purposely took several steps towards him and then tried to stomp on his arm. How can you not tell the difference? Thats like saying hockey is a violent game so it is completely acceptable to take off your skate and try to stab someone with it.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:24 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

There is no excuse for what Suh did but I am glad he at least has owned up to the fact he was wrong. If he continues to work hard on the field and in the community he will be able to put this behind him.

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:21 pm

Um... He didn't defend Suh.

Reread the article. There is nothing in there at defends Suh's actions. He simply didn't condemn them because that wasn't the point of the article. The point was to look at the way the Goodell handles on the field transgressions v off the field ones. 

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 3:16 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Has anyone looked at the previous plays to see why Suh was so upset?  Not condoning the action, but curious.

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