Since his NFL start in 2010 with the Detroit Lions, Ndamukong Suh wanted to become a force to be reckoned with. For the past two seasons, his aggressive style of play has had both positive and negative results for him and the team. His issues have mostly been on the field and have recorded not only a large number of quarterback sacks, but also a large amount of fines for being too forceful. Now, his latest problem comes off the field in the form of a lawsuit regarding an accident that occurred on December 3rd of last year.
According to ESPN news, Suh is being sued for over $1 million involving a car crash he had with a woman. The accident happened this past December and occurred in Oregon. Saadia Van Winkle claims she was injured in the crash caused by Suh. In the lawsuit, she accuses the Detroit star of negligence, recklessness and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Her attorney filed the suit in the Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Police have said Suh was cooperative with officers and showed no signs of being impaired after the accident. Although two women made claims that they suffered injuries as a result of the wreck, police did not have plans to investigate the incident further. Also mentioned in the suit that Suh is accused of lying in his 911 call about whether anyone was injured.
Ndamukong Suh was picked up by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft. He quickly recorded his first sack on September 12th against the St. Louis Rams. In October, he recorded his first interception and touchdown in two separate games. By the end of the 2010 season, Suh led the team, all rookies and all defensive tackles in sacks with 10. He was also picked to go to the Pro Bowl as a starter, something no Detroit rookie has done since Barry Sanders. In January of 2011, he had the honor of being named to the All-Pro Team as well as being named Rookie of the Year by Sporting News.
His style of play, however, has been criticized by the media and other players as being too aggressive. The NFL, at times, also agreed and fined him multiple times ($42,500) during the first year-and-a-half of his career. The biggest incident occurred during the November 24th game last year against the Green Bay Packers. At the end of the play, Suh was accused of taking Packers’ offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground three times as well as stomping on his arm. He initially denied the incident saying he was trying to get his balance back but later apologized and said he intended to learn from it. In response to the incident, the NFL suspended him for two games without pay. With the upcoming start to the 2012 season, the Lions, and their fans, can only hope Suh has learned from his past actions and can stay away from anymore negative occurrences.
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