Ndamukong Suh apologizes for his actions on Evan Dietrich-Smith during Lions vs Packers game on Thanksgiving

By on Nov 26, 2011 in Football, Sports, United States Comments

Ndamukong Suh of Detroit Lions apologized on Friday, November 25, 2011, for his actions on Evan Dietrich-Smith during their game against the Green Bay Packers last Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

Ndamukong Suh stomps on Evan Dietrich-Smith
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As reported earlier, Suh was caught on video apparently hitting Dietrich-Smith‘s head to the ground three times and later stomped on him with his right foot. He was ejected from the game, where the Packers won, 27-15.

After the game, the 24-year old NFL player denied intentionally hurting the Packers’ offensive lineman and noted that his actions were misinterpreted by the league officials. The Lions later issued a statement, saying that his actions were “unacceptable”.’

Later, Ndamukong Suh apologized for the incident via Facebook page and expressed how sorry he was for his recent actions. Below is the full transcript of Suh‘s public apology, taken from his official Facebook page.

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.

As of this writing, NFL has not yet released their comment on this matter but the Lions said the decision might be released next week and that Ndamukong Suh might face suspension and fine if proven guilty.

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