Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his 3rd quarter ejection, which came as a result of a kick on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. In a press conference Suh stated that he did not kick Dietrich-Smith in the chest intentionally but nonetheless he was sorry for his actions.
Suh was quite impenitent about his apology in the post games press conference. Suh also said that as he had not kicked Dietrich-Smith intentionally therefore he wasn’t obliged to apologize to the offended party. The Thanksgiving tussle and the Lions 27-15 defeat to the Packers has left Lions’ fans quite unhappy.
"What I did was remove myself from the situation the best way that I felt in me being held down in the situation that I was in," Suh said. "My intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not. (I was) removing myself, as you see, I'm walking away from the situation. And with that I apologize to my teammates, and my fans and my coaches for putting myself to be in position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game."
The quandary started when Suh was pulled to the ground by Dietrich-Smith after an Aaron Rodgers incompletion on third-and-goal. Through the eyes of the camera it was later seen that Suh was repeatedly pushing Dietrich-Smith’s head to the ground and then kicked him when he was being pulled out from the pile.
An official immediately threw down the flag and ejected Suh for unsportsmanlike conduct after the encounter. Suh on the other hand made his case by saying that it was obvious that his actions were misinterpreted.
"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down," Suh said. "As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."
Suh added: "I understand in this world because of the type of player and type of person I am, all eyes are on me. So why would I do something to jeopardize myself, jeopardize my team, first and foremost? I don't do bad things. I have no intentions to hurt someone. If I want to hurt him, I'm going to hit his quarterback as I did throughout that game.
" ... If I see a guy stepping on somebody I feel like they're going to lean into it and forcefully step on that person or stand over that person. I'm going in the opposite direction to where he's at."
Suh did not mention if he was going to receive a penalty or suspension from the NFL while Lions’ coach simply Jim Schwartz said, "We're worried about losing this game."
During the 2006 season, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who was playing for the Tennessee Titans back then stomped on the face of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode. Gurode landed up with 30 stitches and Haynesworth was suspended for five games without pay by the NFL.
Suh managed to keep his feet off from an exposed face but his fines have already amassed to $42,000 this season, therefore NFL is likely to penalize him yet.