I have defended Suh before, stating that his actions are a result of his aggressive style of play and they are not intended to harm opponents in a deliberate manner. However, Suh's actions Thursday were unjustified.
Suh defended himself after the game, saying the following according to ESPN:
"I want 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," Suh said. "What I did was remove myself from the situation the best way I felt, with me being held down."
"My intention was not to kick anybody, as I did not, removing myself," he said. "I was on top of a guy, being pulled down, and trying to get up off the ground -- and why you see me pushing his helmet down, because I'm trying to remove myself from the situation, and as I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed, so I'm getting myself on balance."All I can say about that is that is one hell of a half-assed excuse for what happened. Anybody that saw the game or saw a replay of what happened, can attest to the fact that there was no way Suh didn't know he was doing when he stomped down on Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Suh met with league commissioner Roger Goodell a few weeks ago to clear his name and frankly it looks like Suh wasted his time. Suh is a dirty player and will continue to be a dirty player. Suh does play the game hard, but he also is reckless. His careless play Thursday against Green Bay should get him suspended. Suh not only proved that he plays the game dirty, but he also proved that he doesn't care about letting his team down when they are so dependent on him.