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article imageOp-Ed: Suh suspension lifted

By John Bichler     Jan 1, 2015 in Sports
Detroit - The NFL lifted Ndamukong Suh's suspension, so he will be playing the Dallas Cowboys this weekend The NFL is finding ways for abusers to make it on the field.
The NFL likes to be tough on their players, sometimes, and originally they thought Ndamukong Suh stepping on Aaron Rodger's injured leg was worth a one game suspension--after further review they believe a fine is as severe enough punishment for an act of numb feet putting out an imaginary cigarette, and the imaginary cigarette happened to be Aaron Rodgers's injured leg.
We could argue all day about if it was intentional or not, but the real issue is with the NFL allowing a player to only pay a fine for the repeat offense of taking a cheap shot at a defenseless player. The NFL in their minds believe this is a first time offense because of Suh has gone 32 games without being punished from the NFL, so that means he had a clean slate when he stepped on Rodgers's leg.
What is clear is that the play was over, and it is clear from the video that he knew Rodgers was behind him, because the video shows Suh taking a small step and locating Rodgers's leg, and then taking another step backwards after his momentum had clearly stopped him from requiring another step backwards, and all the NFL feels like doing is taking a small chunk of change from Suh to make the problem go away.
Well, the problem won't go away because Suh will play against the Cowboys on Sunday, and the NFL will look like a fool again. They have rules in place to protect players, and videos of Suh acting out in anger, and now they have the nerve to say that he is a first time offender. Off the playing field he probably goes to jail for using his foot as a weapon against a defenseless person, but in the NFL he pays a small fine and goes on his way.
The league has a problem, but that problem won't go away until they put the players first and making insane amounts of money for themselves their last priority.
Look at what Suh did for the league, he gave them another storyline for Sunday's game, because how many fans are talking about if Suh should play or not play. How many fans wrote off the Lions when Suh was suspended?
Now that the NFL made their bed, hopefully they won't be made to look like fools again this weekend when you know Suh is going to get taunted by Cowboys players hoping to see Suh cost the Lions the game with an untimely personal foul. Suh did come close to getting pushed over the edge by TJ Lang in the Packers-Lions game last Sunday, so wait and see what happens to Suh this weekend.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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