NFL Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had to pay a $31,500 fine for relatively routine hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a message sent by the league. It was definitely a borderline call that looked like it could be legal by all means.
The heart of the fine is that the pro football player lowered his head and led with the crown of his helmet.
NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks, the man who fines players for on-field misconduct, said he wanted to send Suh a message.
“The fine is more than the minimum because he is a repeat offender and I wanted to get Ndamukong Suh’s attention in this regard. I’ve got to help him course correct,” Hanks told Andrea Kremer of NFL Network.
Suh’s teammate, center Dominic Raiola, wasn’t thrilled with the penalty and didn’t agree with it.
“It’s ridiculous,” Raiola said. “The guy is violent, football is a violent game. I don’t think you can ever make hitting somebody soft. It’s ridiculous. I’ve got nothing more to say about it. I saw the play on the sideline, it’s not on purpose, it’s ridiculous.”
Suh’s issue is his egregious errors in the past. His blatant offenses in the past has destroyed any “benefit of the doubt” he might have gotten if he was another player.