On the day after one of his most dominant performances, a day after he was contrite and humble in a nationally-televised interview with ESPN’s Merril Hoge, Ndamukong Suh and the Lions will again have to answer to accusations of poor sportsmanship during the 35-33 loss to the Colts.
Colts right guard Mike McGlynn told the Indianapolis Star that Suh and other Lions were laughing and dancing over a fallen and concussed player (tackle Winston Justice). The incident occurred in the wake of a Don Carey interception in the fourth quarter.
“Totally ignorant on their part,” McGlynn said. “Just childish stuff. We’re all battling out there. I don’t know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt, and they’re out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They’re good players but there’s no room for that. It’s disgusting, really.
“If that had happened to one of their players, we’d never do something like that. But that’s what makes this even sweeter. That’s why they lose. I hope they never win another game.”
Suh was accused of a similar act – taunting an injured player – last season (Atlanta’s Matt Ryan). He is in the process of appealing a $30,000 fine for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
The fines, the controversy, the five traffic incidents, all of that is overshadowing Suh’s play on the field. And he has been a beast. On Sunday, he produced six tackles, six quarterback hits, a sack and three tackles for loss.
On the interview with Hoge, Suh apologized again for the stomping incident on Thanksgiving 2011 and said he believes he continues to be judged negatively because of that act. He asked to be given a clean slate and to be judged on his actions going forward.
If McGlynn’s accusations are true, Suh didn’t exactly get off to a rousing start.