Ndamukong Suh is a selfish jerk. Instead of working out with teammates -- like a true captain would -- he has to do things his way, even if it means causing a huge distraction. He has never put the team first and never will.
The Detroit media is relentless, bloodthirsty and unforgiving. When Suh finally stoops to their level and answers their insipid questions, they are unsatisfied with the answers and will keep digging until they uncover the closest thing resembling a controversy.
But most importantly, both of these narratives are old and pointless.
On Wednesday, Suh addressed the media for the first time since his absence from offseason workouts. What should have been a boring gathering of meaningless talking points and harmless questions turned into an eternal hellstorm when Suh dropped this FIREBOMB before walking off:
Here's Suh's quote: "Probably a lot of you guys don’t know, I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted. ...— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 21, 2014
This led to a Twitter war between the "SUH DOESN'T CARE" and the "MEDIA HATES SUH" crowds that has been waging ever since Suh held out the year he was drafted.
Because Suh didn't follow that up with an explanation, this has led to endless speculation on what he meant by this quote. Did Suh nearly pull an Eli Manning and demand a trade the moment he was drafted? Is the fact that he passed on other teams' offers definitive proof that Suh has always been loyal to Detroit and other claims are simply the result of irresponsible media rumors? The answer to these questions is the same: it doesn't matter.
If we ever get an explanation on what Suh meant -- and I suspect we never truly will -- it won't change anyone's opinion on Suh. People in Suh's corner will continue to berate the media for asking irrelevant questions and badgering Suh about non-issues. People against Suh will add this to their pile of "evidence" that he is a terrible person, a worse teammate and someone who has no place in Detroit.
A story like this pops up every now and then, fans and media get all riled up, websites get pageviews and at the end of it, we're exactly where we were before any of this: four months away from football, the thing we actually care about.
Suh is a polarizing figure. Some people like him, some people don't. Haven't we established this already? Whether he thought about getting himself traded as a rookie will do nothing to change his reputation. We may as well argue about abortion or the death penalty, as those debates are equally circular and unproductive.
At the end of the day, one thing is non-debatable: Suh is a good football player. Through all of the controversies he has dealt with throughout his young NFL career, he has remained one of the best players in the NFL. So when the regular season rolls around and all of this talk about the media and selfishness is just a faint memory, Suh will almost certainly still be a Detroit Lion and he will likely be dominating his opponents. And that's all that matters to me.