In a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Packers and Lions, Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was caught stomping the arm of a downed opponent. The stomp earned Suh an ejection and the ire of the public, with many calling him a dirty player. The situation was made even worse by a statement in which Suh proclaimed he accidentally stepped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Friday brought a change in tone from Suh. He apologized for the incident and deemed his actions unacceptable in a statement on Facebook.
In the past few hours, I have had time to reflect on yesterday's game and I want to sincerely apologize for letting my teammates down, the organization, and especially to my fans who look to me for positive inspiration.
Playing professional sports is not a game. It is a profession with great responsibility, and where performance on and off the field should never be compromised. It requires a calm and determined demeanor, which cannot be derailed by the game, referee calls, fans or other players.
I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional-on and off the field. My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand - by winning.
Suh still faces discipline from the league and may be suspended for at least a game, if not more. Video of the incident can be found here.