The Sports Xchange, Published September 11 2013
Report: Lions' Suh to appeal $100,000 fine levied after blocking Vikings centerNdamukong Suh will appeal the $100,000 fine levied against him by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on his blindside hit to the knees of Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
The Detroit Lions defensive lineman received the largest fine without a suspension ever given for an on-field violation when NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks announced the penalty on Monday.
Suh's agents are basing their appeal on what they believe was an excessive amount of the fine, ESPN.com reported.
Sullivan was not seriously injured on the play that resulted in a personal foul penalty against Suh. He hopes to play Sunday.
Suh has a history of dirty play. The NFL has fined him five times in three seasons for hits, many of them on quarterbacks. The most recent fine was $30,000 for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area.
Suh apologized to linebacker DeAndre Levy and to his teammates on Tuesday. Levy had a touchdown on an interception return taken away because of Suh's illegal block on the runback.
"It was sincere. We accepted it," Lions running back Joique Bell said. "We all a family, and that's our brother. At the end of the day, we all we got. So it was a good deal. Levy accepted it, so if he can accept it, everybody should be able to accept it."
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was particularly vocal in his criticism of Suh's repeated actions.
"I don't know that a suspension or the amount of the fine really solves the problem," Watson told NFL Network. "Honestly, I think it's a character issue. I think there's something going on here that we need to look deeper.
"A $100,000 fine is obviously an astronomical amount, but because we've seen this happen multiple times, I don't think it's about the amount. I think it's about players getting on players and him deciding that, 'Hey, I'm going to abide by the rules.' I mean we're out here trying to work, we all have mouths to feed. We come to work every day hoping to go to a safe workplace, and he is making it a danger for a lot of guys, and his conduct needs to stop.
"I hesitate to call a player dirty simply because I don't know their intent, but I do know what he did was illegal and I do know he has done it multiple times, so it comes a time when enough is enough. We need to get what he is doing rectified and we need to sit down as players and talk to him. We are talking about player safety and obviously this is a play that lies outside of that. As players, we need to hold ourselves accountable."