In response to the backlash that is continuing to build over Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Thanksgiving against the Packers, both the Lions and Suh released statements on Friday to address the matter. Suh posted his statement on his Facebook page, and you can check it out below.
In the past few hours, I have had time to reflect on yesterday's game and I want to sincerely apologize for letting my teammates down, the organization, and especially to my fans who look to me for positive inspiration.
Playing professional sports is not a game. It is a profession with great responsibility, and where performance on and off the field should never be compromised. It requires a calm and determined demeanor, which cannot be derailed by the game, referee calls, fans or other players.
I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional-on and off the field. My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand - by winning.
Suh would have helped his cause quite a bit if he had simply said this after the game. A statement like this was probably necessary given all that's happened, but I can certainly see how it could be considered too little, too late for many people.
As for the Lions' statement on the incident, it is below.
"The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection from yesterday's game was unacceptable and failed to meet the high level of sportsmanship we expect from our players.
"Ndamukong has made many positive contributions to the Lions on and off the field. We expect his behavior going forward to consistently reflect that high standard of professionalism.
"We have been in contact with Commissioner Goodell's office and were advised that, like any on-field matter, Thursday's incident is subject to review by the League office and that any subsequent discipline would be determined by the League office."
It appears the Lions are content with accepting whatever discipline the league imposes on Suh. I know many have called for the Lions to directly punish Suh before the league even has a chance, but it sounds like they are going to leave it up to the NFL.