Ndamukong Suh was ejected in the third quarter of the Detroit Lions matchup with the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day after stomping on a downed opponent during a scrum. Suh was clearly seen jamming his foot down on Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm right in front of the referee, and was flagged for a personal foul while being ejected from the game. Now, Suh faces discipline from the league, either in the form of a fine, at best, or a suspension.
For his part, Suh denies intentionally stomping on Dietrich-Smith, instead saying he was off-balance and trying to walk away from the situation.
"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's explanation might be believable ... but let's go to the photo.
Via Will Brinson
The photo makes this quote from Suh interesting, as well.
" ... 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."
You can check out the video of the incident and judge whether the stomp was intentional for yourself.
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