It seems that fans inside and outside Detroit have been debating whether or not Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player since the moment he stepped on a professional football field. Both sides could be honestly argued but Suh’s actions today just about put the final nail in the coffin containing his reputation.
This wasn’t an overly aggressive throwdown of a quarterback. This wasn’t legally pulling Marion Barber down by the hair. This was a deliberate stomping of another player while he was down on the ground. That’s a dirty move and it can’t be defended as anything else. It was selfish, stupid and inexcusable.
It is said that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Many have been pointing out the smoke for some time; we saw the fire today. There can be no arguing that it isn’t burning. Now, Suh and the Lions have to turn to figuring out how to extinguish it because it is costing the Lions on the field.
Is it a matter of maturing to the point where he can keep his emotions in check? Can he keep his effectiveness while minimizing the extra curricular activities? They are important questions to ask and even more important to answer. Today marks a defining moment in Ndamukong Suh’s career and the importance of his response can’t be overstated.