Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Vikings' center John Sullivan, earlier this season. The $100,000 fine is the largest fine ever for an on-field incident. Suh has been fined a total of about $177,550 over the course of his career. Last week he lost an appeal over the $100, 000 fine.
"We're disappointed that Ndamukong was fined at all and that it wasn't reduced," his agent Roosevelt Barnes told the Associated Press. "It is clear from the film, when you slow it down frame by frame, that Ndamukong was clearly in front of the player and that his head and shoulder, when he started off blocking him, were above the player's waist. But because Ndamukong left his feet, he was going to hit the ground and was going to get tangled on the lower part of the player's body."
However, experts are of the opinion that the fine for his so-called hit on Weeden is a bit harsh. Critics opined that though the play was a bit violent, it was not illegal or dirty. But NFL is hell-bent on player safety and has been watching a few players closely, Suh, with his history is one among them. The play wasn't flagged on the field during the match but NFL authorities decided to act after reviewing it.
"I think there is always going to be a microscope on me," Suh said. "I think there has been a microscope on me since I was first drafted."