Ndamukong Suh to appeal $100K fine
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is planning to appeal the $100,000 fine handed down to him by the NFL on Tuesday in the wake of an illegal low block he made on Vikings center John Sullivan in Sunday’s win over Minnesota.
According to ESPNs Ed Werder on Wednesday, Suh’s agents are in the midst of gathering information to argue that the fine is “excessive.” The fine is the largest in NFL history without a suspension involving the loss of game checks.
The 26-year-old Suh, who was voted a team captain for this season, apologized to his teammates on Tuesday and also reached out to linebacker DeAndre Levy, who was stripped of his interception that resulted in a touchdown because of the penalty on the play.
Lions running back Joique Bell said in the ESPN report that it’s time to move on:
“He apologized to the team. It was sincere. We accepted it. We all a family, and that’s our brother. At the end of the day, we all we got. So, it was a good deal. Levy accepted it, so if he can accept it, everybody should be able to accept it.”
Suh was fined $30,000 by the league last season for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and was suspended in 2011 after he stomped on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. The $100,000 fine levied against Suh this week is based on the league’s system of escalating discipline.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson spoke out against Suh in an interview this week with NFL Network in which he said Suh’s history of illegal hits needs to be addressed so that he doesn’t continue with that kind of style of play:
I hesitate to call a player dirty simply because I don’t know their intent, but I do know what he did was illegal, and I do know he has done it multiple times, so it comes a time when enough is enough. We need to get what he is doing rectified, and we need to sit down as players and talk to him. We are talking about player safety and obviously this is a play that lies outside of that. As players, we need to hold ourselves accountable.”
The Lions play next against the Cardinals on Sept. 15 in Arizona.