League does not hold back with a $100,000 fine for illegal tackle.
Detroit Lions defender Ndamukong Suh declared he is appealing a $100,000 fine levied by the NFL for his low hit on Minnesota’s John Sullivan.
“It’s going through the appeals process and we’ll go from there,” Suh said, a day after the league fined him for an illegal, knee-level block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy on Sunday.
The Lions won the game 34-24, but Levy’s effort on the play was nullified because of Suh’s actions, and Suh said he had apologised to Levy and the rest of his teammates for costing them a touchdown.
He also said he had spoken to Sullivan as the teams went to the locker room at halftime of Sunday’s game.
Suh said he understands the NFL is concerned about player safety. He is reportedly appealing on grounds the amount of the fine is excessive.
Suh has been fined multiple times for his play on the field, and met with league commissioner Roger Goodell about it during the 2011 season.
He was suspended two games late in 2011 after stomping on the arm of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving Day game.
He was fined $30,000 for a kick to the groin of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in a Thanksgiving game last year.
He was fined twice in his rookie season of 2010 for unsportsmanlike conduct.