At this point, the NFL should just call it the “Suh Cheap Shot Tax.”
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 on Tuesday for his low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan. Fox Sports was the first to report the possibility of a fine reaching into the six figure range, while USA Today reported the news once it was levied.
An immensely talented individual, Suh has found himself on the wrong side of the NFL rules committee on several occasions. In fact, this is his fifth fine over his three-year career. As a rookie, Suh was fined $7,500 for roughing quarterback Jake Delhomme. A year ago, the NFL lightened his wallet by $30,000 after he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
This fine stems from Suh’s actions following a DeAndre Levy interception. He was called for a personal foul when he dived at Sullivan’s knees during Levy’s return in the second quarter of the Lions’ season-opening 34-24 victory. His actions nullified the touchdown Levy thought he had scored.
In terms of historical fines, this one is up there. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined a whopping $500,000 for his role in “Spygate.” Ray Lewis was fined $250,000 for lying and helping cover up a double-murder.
Of course, both of those fines took place off the field of play. James Harrison was fined $75,000 for a hit on a defenseless receiver last fall, and a few others have been levied $50,000.
Suh has earned more than $51.7 million over the course of his career, so we’re pretty sure he should weather this financial road-bump just fine. However, something far more serious is still hanging over his head. The Lions star may still be suspended for his cheap shot, according to Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations.
“All options are on the table with a repeat offender,” Anderson said. “It’s being reviewed for either a fine and/or a suspension, given his repeat-offender status.”
If it is such a regular occurrence, isn’t it time to drop the “repeat-offender status” and just call it his MO.