|Somebody wants a lot of money from Suh. (Getty)|
Ndamukong Suh faced penalties on the field last year for going all stomp-tastic on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith and faced criticism for not having a great second season in the league. Now it appears, he's possibly going to have to pay some penalties for a one-car accident last December in which at least one passenger was injured.
And it's gotten a little messy.
Police at the scene determined Suh wasn't impaired and he apparently told officers that he was trying to pass a taxi when he lost control of his car, but afterward, one passenger said Suh had lied.
“When the light turned green, he floored it,” one of the passengers told KGW in Portland at the time. “I just remember going so fast and it was violent and just getting thrown around like rag dolls.”
Now, one of the car passengers, Saadia Van Winkle, is suing him for more than $1 million.
Van Winkle filed a lawsuit last week in Oregon circuit court, and though Suh declined comment to reporters about the lawsuit, Suh's lawyer admitted that she was entitled to some money. Van Winkle alleges Suh “engaged in negligence, reckless driving and intentional infliction of emotional distress” when he crashed his car into a light pole and tree.
“Ms. Van Winkle was a passenger in a vehicle Mr Suh was driving last December when he was involved in an unfortunate accident,” Suh's attorney, Mike Lehner, said in a statement obtained by the Detroit Free Press. “Ms. Van Winkle suffered minor injuries in that accident, was examined at the hospital and released that night. Mr. Suh immediately called 911 to report the accident and told the police exactly what happened. After a thorough investigation by the police they determined no citation should be issued.
“Mr. Suh acknowledges Ms. Van Winkle should receive fair compensation for any injury she sustained or medical expense or wage loss she incurred and Mr. Suh has attempted to resolve the matter fairly with her. She has rejected those attempts and has now filed a lawsuit against Mr. Suh asking for more than $1,000,000. According to that lawsuit, she has incurred approximately $4,000 in medical expenses, and lost wages in the amount of $2500. Mr. Suh denies many of the allegations in the complaint, but now it appears a jury will have to decide how to fairly compensate Ms. Van Winkle for her injury.”
So, that's a big difference between $1 million and $6,500, right? Van Winkle said in her complaint that Suh showed up at her house soon after the accident and offered her $700. She said that was an attempt to buy her silence.
But hey, good news for Lions fans. Suh is determined not to be distracted by the prospects of the lawsuit.
“You see the smile on my face,” he said. “I'm excited. I'm excited to be here for football.”
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, and subscribe to our Pick-6 Podcast and NFL newsletter. You can follow Josh Katzowitz on Twitter here: @joshkatzowitz.