Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's drawing a lot of criticism for his questionable "block" on Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1. And although the NFL didn't suspend him, they have dropped the financial hammer on Suh by fining him $100,000.
"NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh today that he has been fined $100,000 for his unnecessary roughness penalty in the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 8," the league said in a statement. "Suh was penalized for violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 5 (a) which prohibits blocks below the waist by players of either team after a change of possession."
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the news.
That's a massive fine. To put it in perspective, Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice back, well, you know when. Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for "SpyGate."
On the other hand, the NFL's fine schedule from 2011 lists $20,000 and $40,000 as the first- and second-time costs for a "Blindside Block." It appears though that Suh was fined for a low block, which carries a $7,500 and $15,000 fine for the first- and second-time penalties.
All of those amounts are minimums; the NFL can fine Suh whatever they want whenever they want.
Suh is obviously a repeat offender -- he's been nailed by the league for excessive on-field violence before -- so he's on the NFL's radar and could get with any amount depending on what he does at this point really. (The fine schedules are just suggestions anyway.)
It's actually good news for Suh that Sullivan is kind of coming to his defense on the hit, even though it could've potentially been quite damaging
Is $100K even that much for him? It's just about three game checks worth -- Suh makes more than $37,000 a pop -- but it's hardly a dent in his personal net worth.
It is, however, hopefully a stern warning that continued, questionable on-field behavior will be rewarded with games missed.