Ndamukong Suh Fined Once Again
Ndamukong Suh is up to more wacky shenanigans.
For the third time this season, the NFL has fined Suh, this time for making a throat slash gesture in a home loss to Tampa Bay. Suh has now been fined an impressively audacious nine times in his brief four-year career.
The Lions' overzealous defensive lineman has committed a variety of transgressions during those seasons, displaying a creativity and mischievousness rivaled by few. This latest boo-boo took the form of a classic throat slash, a move that was banned by the NFL 'way back in 1999.
Suh was celebrating a tackle of Bucs running back Bobby Rainey that resulted in a three-yard loss, a play the big man deemed worthy of the iconoclastic maneuver.
While the throat slash only cost him a meager $7,875, Suh was hit with a $100,000 fine earlier in the season for a completely unnecessary low block against a wrong place/wrong time Minnesota Viking after an interception in the very first game of the year. Another $31,500 was extracted from Suh for roughing up Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a decision that was considered questionable by many.
Ndamukong was reasonably well behaved this Thanksgiving against Green Bay, but he's apparently fond of causing a ruckus on this particular holiday. In 2011, he was disciplined for a tussle with Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on the day of giving thanks, and then was fined $30,000 the very next year on turkey day for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
What an unorthodox way of observing the holiday! I wonder what Schaub was thankful for as this was taking place.
Suh is without question an extremely talented man who can dominate football games and is a consistent force on a very good Detroit defensive line. The NFL is clearly getting a bit ridiculous with some of these personal foul penalties, particularly against quarterbacks. However, Suh’s judgment and methods are perhaps, shall we say, unsound at times. Unfortunately for him, the target on his back appears to be growing wider by the season.
I, for one, am looking forward to his next lapse in reason with bated breath.