As the late great Johnny Cash once said, “life ain’t easy for a boy named ‘Sue.’ ” And for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, that certainly seems to be the case. Today, Suh was issued a paltry $100,000 fine for an illegal hit he issued to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan during Sunday’s game.
Now you might be thinking, “Hey, 100 Gs is a pretty hefty punishment!” but I’m here to tell you, it’s not nearly enough! While I’m all for players playing hard, rough, and to the whistle, Suh has simply had too many past transgressions to justify his most recent offense as ‘getting caught up in the play’.
Suh’s NFL rap sheet reads like something more suited to ‘Sue’ the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex, than it does a football player. Since his first season in the NFL, Suh has made a name for himself by terrorizing the NFL with his perpetually dirty play. Whether it be kicking Matt Schaub in the boysenberries or applying Evan Dietrich-Smith’s deodorant for him with the bottom of his cleat, Suh just doesn’t seem to get it, and for a guy who made over 9 million bucks last year, a $100,000 fine is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
The NFL needs to take more severe action against players like Suh who have shown a propensity for erratic and dangerous play by punishing them with multiple game suspensions, not small fines. Then and only then, can we expect Suh’s on the field antics to be like Sue the Dinosaur, extinct.