Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 7:19 am
The car accident in Portland, Ore., involving Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has taken an interesting turn. A passenger in the vehicle says she fears retaliation from what she said were Suh's family and friends for claiming the circumstances that caused the accident were contrary to what Suh told Portland police.
In an amended incident report from Portland police one of the passengers in the car, an unindentified woman, asked that police remove her name from all the reports out of fear of retaliation. CBSSports.com has obtained a copy of the report.
The woman's name is blacked out in the report, but in interviews with officers the woman contradicts what Suh told police about the accident and in a statement at the end of the report she pleads that her name not be released to the public.
"[Name redacted] requested that her name remain confidential," the officer writes in the report, "because she fears for her safety. [Name redacted] said that Suh has a lot of friends and family and fears retaliation. She requested her name not be included in a future press release."
Portland police say there is no evidence that a crime was committed and they don't plan to file any charges.
The woman goes into extensive detail about the accident and claims of Suh's unsafe driving caused the wreck. Suh told police the accident happened because he had to make an extreme maneuver to avoid colliding with a taxi.
It's highly unlikely we've heard the last of this.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:19 am
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 3:39 pm
Ndamukong Suh has appealed his suspension, according to a source close to the star.
Suh was urged, I'm told, by union and others that suspension was heavy handed and he should appeal. He officially has.
How smart is that? I don't know. Should Suh just take his punishment like a grownup? Maybe. But appealing is his right.
And he's done just that.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:34 pm
The suspension of Ndamukong Suh won't just affect Suh. It could hurt the entire Detroit Lions team. Here's why.
League rules stipulate that when a player is suspended or fined, the amount of the fine, up to a maximum of $50,000 per infraction, counts towards a club's season total.
If a team reaches $100,000 in fines the club must forfeit $50,000. If a team reaches $150,000, then it must forfeit an additional $25,000, and match any subsequent fine/suspension amounts for remainder of season.
So, bottom line, the Suh suspension put the Lions over that $100,000 season total. Lions players have already been fined at least that much this season so not only is that $100,000 mark already likely been reached, the next mark could be as well. The team fine would happen at the end of the season once all appeals and reductions are accounted for.
The way things are going for Suh and the Lions, Suh won't be the only one fined. The entire organization might be as well.
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:26 am
Ndamukong Suh has made history. Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed Suh a two-game suspension without pay.
The history part? The Albery Haynesworth head stomp aside, Goodell has never handed down more than a one-game suspension for on-field behavior.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Ndamukong Suh today that he has been suspended without pay for the Lions' next two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day," reads the statement from the NFL. "It was Suh's fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline. Suh may not practice or be at the team practice facility for any other activities during the two-game suspension. He will be reinstated on December 12. Under the CBA, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend's games.
A warranted fine, to be sure. Now comes the interesting part: will he appeal?
Suh has become known as the dirtiest player in football. A well earned moniker. League officials privately believe this fine will cause him to change his ways.
Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 2:58 pm
Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his turkey day stupidity. It's a good start. Though he needs to apologize to the man who's body he attacked like it was a wing minus the stuffing.
But there is something bigger than his apology. It is this: if you expect a lengthy, hard punishment for Suh, you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but numerous signs point to Suh getting no more than a fine and one-game suspension.
Here's why. Aside from the notorious Albert Haynesworth head stomp, there hasn't been more than a one-game suspension for on-field violations in the Roger Goodell years, and Suh was tossed for the second half of the game, so that should tell you something.
Again: Goodell has not issued lengthy suspensions for on-field infractions. It just has not been his way. That could change with this but it seems unlikely.
During the Goodell administration, there have been the following suspensions for on-field violations:
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:11 pm
Don't expect the NFL to act on the reprehensible foot stomp by Ndamukong Suh this week.
An NFL spokesman told me that plays from Week 12 to be reviewed for potential discipline will be done so under the league's normal guidelines after the completion of all games. Repeat: all games.
So no decision until, at the earliest, Tuesday and likely after that.
Based on information from several league sources few would be surprised if Suh was suspended for at least several games and possibly the remainder of the season. The NFL is understandably angry. The dirty cheap shot happened during one of the league's most visible days.
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:25 am