We all knew the punishment for Ndamukong Suh was coming. Some speculated as heavy of a penalty as suspension for the remainder of the season for his stomping of Green Bay Packers right guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in the Thanksgiving Day game won by the Packers.
We suspected, as did many others, that it would be at least a couple of games.
The two-game suspension is what is being reported.
While Suh has three days to file an appeal for the suspension of two games, we certainly hope he doesn’t. The entire world knows what he did and no matter how many attorneys and no matter how much he apologizes, it’s not going to change the perception that he is a bully and a dirty player.
But that doesn’t mean the suspension will stick.
If he does appeal, he will be allowed to continue to play – which, in my mind, is an abomination of justice.
According to published reports, Suh will have three days to file an appeal to his punishment that does not include the requirement that he participate in anger management. If an appeal is made, a hearing is required within 10 days. A deadline for a final decision is not specified, which means that, in theory, Suh could play the remainder of the season without resolution.
The Lions play New Orleans this week and conclude the season with games against the Vikings, Raiders, Chargers, and Packers.
Should he still be playing when the Lions visit Lambeau Field on New Year’s Day, you can imagine what type of reception the defensive lineman will receive.
According to Pro Football Talk:
“The appeal will be conducted by Art Shell or Ted Cottrell. Both have been jointly hired — and are jointly paid — by the NFL and the NFLPA. League exec Ray Anderson will appoint one or the other to handle the hearing and make a final and binding decision.
“Despite strong criticism from some players that the appeal process is meaningless, punishments meted out by the league office routinely are reduced on appeal by Shell and Cottrell. In this specific case, a reduction of the suspension from two games to one would provide a high-profile example to all players, media, and fans that the appeal process is not futile.”
Our hope is that common sense prevails in this instance and that Suh’s punishment is upheld.