Earlier this week, I reported that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh would be appearing on a reality television show. The show, which airs March 19 on ABC, will showcase celebrities competing against each other diving in front of judges. “Celebrity Diving” drew mixed reviews from Suh’s coach and teammate.
Today, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had this to say, “I don’t really see this as being (an issue).” Schwartz would go on to provide a bit of comedy concerning Suh diving into a pool. Schwartz compared the ripple that the Chinese divers in the Olympics have to Suh. The Lions coach said Suh is “going to move a lot of water.” While there are no specifics about what dives the contestants will be doing, Schwartz is hoping the show will be called “Celebrity Cannonballing.”
Suh’s Lions teammates didn’t share Schwartz’s comedic approach. TMZ.com interviewed three separate anonymous Lions players about Suh’s appearance on the show. One said “We need him on the field and if he gets hurt during the off-season doing wild stunts, it would be bad and it ain’t worth it. He’s too valuable to the team.” Another player shared the same sentiments, saying Suh could get a “busted ear drum or an infection.”
The third interviewed player tried to have some fun with Suh being on the show by saying, “black and pool don’t mix.” He also said that Suh, with his 307 pound frame, is “built for football…not belly flops.”
Since he was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Suh has been dominant for the Lions. He has also never missed a game due to injury with a two game suspension being the only time he has missed any time.
My initial article centered around Suh doing the reality show to help his image in the NFL. What do you think: is Suh’s reality show a good idea and will you watch?