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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Suh got lucky

His reputation is just about cemented, helped by this video, but Ndamukong Suh was lucky to get just a two-game suspension. It could have been four or five easily, and it should have been based on his initial denial and then lame first apology.

I've said before, usually to my daughters, that it's not crime but the (not coverup in this case) denial and refusal to apologize that most impacts people. If you get heated, angry and flip out for a minute, then immediately apologize, criticizing yourself more harshly than others, then people will immediately forgive.

Ultimately, though, this incident most reveals the patience of Coach Jim Schwartz, except I don't value this patience. He should have taken the bull by the horns and suspended him for three games and said that the team is first and with the team on the verge of winning, we don't need one player losing his head. If the coach wouldn't, then I think management should have.

Unless, they know how volatile he is and they know they have to appear to back him no matter what. Then the Lions are in trouble.


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