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Suh’s egregious penalty ruins Lions chances against Packers (now with video)

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Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions speaks after he received the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award at a news conference in Dallas, Texas, February 3, 2011. The Super Bowl XLV NFL football game will be played in nearby Arlington, Texas on February 6. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions speaks after he received the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award at a news conference in Dallas, Texas, February 3, 2011. The Super Bowl XLV NFL football game will be played in nearby Arlington, Texas on February 6. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Update: Fox Sports posted video of Suh stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith Thursday.  Watch the video here: Suh incident with Dietrich-Smith
DETROIT (WKZO) -- When drafted out of the University of Nebraska Ndamukong Suh was considered an absolute man among boys.  Many saw Suh power through a Texas offensive line in the Big 12 championship game to nearly single handedly defeat the Longhorns.

His draft was the kind of moment that jump-starts an organization.  That appeared to be coming true after a strong, powerful rookie season that saw Suh began to rack up awards.  His disruptive nature even continued early in the 2011 season.  That is beginning to fade as even the most die-hard Lions fans are finding themselves wondering...is he a dirty player?

The rumors began early this season that Suh was playing dirty.  Late hits and hands to the face whenever possible.  These are things that I always attributed to his massive size and inability to stop on a dime.  This was in fact THE Ndamukong Suh.  He was an absolute man among boys.  A god among mortals. It is slowly becoming clear however that Suh cannot control his anger.

On Thanksgiving day in a game that could have been historic for the Lions it was Suh making a critical penalty when it meant the most.  Suh pushed the head of the Packers Evan Dietrich-Smith into the ground before kicking him in full visibility of the FOX television cameras.  

It was one thing and one thing only; a cheap shot.  Suh lost his cool on a 3rd down and 1 and in the process got himself ejected, gave the Packers a first down (which led to a John Kuhn touchdown and a 14-0 Packers lead) blowing the Lions chances of remaining in their showdown with the now 11-0 Green Bay Packers.

That’s who this franchise is leaning on to become the leader?  Leaders don’t get ejected when the team needs them most.  Leaders don’t destroy a strong 3rd down stop against one of the most high powered offenses in the league.  Suh clearly does not understand that.  Just check his statement: “I’m first and foremost only going to apologize to my teammates, my coaches and my true fans for allowing the refs to have an opportunity to take me out of this game.”

With all due respect to Suh...what kind of a statement is that?  He’s only going to apologize to his teammates, his coaches and his true fans?  How about the guy who was on the ground when he slammed his head and kicked him?  How about every single Lions fan who saw a chance of the Lions knocking off an undefeated Super Bowl champ dashed the second he lost his cool.

It’s simply time for Suh to grow up.  That however may have to wait a game or two depending on what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks about this incident.  

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