By: Jeff Riger
Wednesday in Allen Park, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh took to the podium and spoke with the media for the first time since kicking Texan’s QB Matt Schaub in the groin. Suh answered all questions that came his way and in no way seemed to be remorseful for what went down on Thanksgiving. Suh was adamant about kicking Schaub on purpose and claimed he didn’t even know the play was a big deal until the game was over and he looked at his twitter account. “It’s a crazy play” Suh said, “I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man.”
Suh has not talked to the commissioner’s office about the kick and really didn’t know if he was going to be suspended. He wasn’t, but he was fined $30,000.
Suh will not seek out Schaub to apologize in case you were wondering saying “I was dragged to the ground, a lot of things happen to me, it’s part of the game.”
The media and Suh talked for over 6 minutes on Wednesday and one of the questions that came up was Suh’s lack of communication with the local Detroit media compared to the large amount of time he spends with the national media. “That’s somebody’s opinion, I guess that’s your opinion if you feel that way, I apologize for that if you do. I would love to sit down with you if you would like to talk further.” The ironic part about Suh’s statement is that he doesn’t do one on one interviews and has always stayed away from talking to reporters when he was not forced to by the NFL.
As for if media and fans are making too big of a deal about the kick, Suh’s many traffic violations and his overall attitude; the 3rd year played said “everybody is up to their own opinion and that’s the way I really take it. I let everybody say their piece and I move on and hope for the best.” Suh does believe that his stomp last Thanksgiving Day on the Packers Evan Dietrich-Smith will always stick with him and because of that he will never receive the benefit of the doubt.
Watch the video below for Suh’s complete thoughts.