Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh responds to fine from NFL
4:14 PM, Sep 11, 2013
4:17 PM, Sep 11, 2013
A day after learning he was fined $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal block in Sunday's win over the Vikings, Ndamukong Suh wouldn't confirm a report that he is appealing the decision.
"My agent's taking care of it and that's what he's paid for," said Suh. "He'll handle it from there. If you have any questions about the appeal that's for him to answer."
The unprecedented fine has left Lions fans shaking their heads at the exhorbitant amount, yet Suh wants to remain focused on the team's upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals.
When asked about whether he thought the decision was based on his reputation and history of personal fouls, Suh said, "You'll have to ask the league that question. Whether they want to make a decision off my reputation or off this year or whatever it may be. It's the first game of the year, so I don't know."
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, issued a tweet today saying, "I have reached out to Ndamukong Suh. We believe that all players have a basic responsibility to each other."
Suh was asked if he had spoken with Smith.
"We haven't had a chance to have a full-out discussion," said Suh. "When I actually get that chance to then I'll probably just keep that between me and him."
Once again the focal point of a league-mandated discipline, Suh understands the sentiment behind the fine.
"I think it's just obviously player safety," said Suh. "That's the league's concern. You gotta only respect it. That's one of the reasons why I spoke to Sullivan as we walked into halftime. He understood where I was coming from. No hard feelings. Same thing if he cut me, so forth and so on, no hard feelings and go from there."