ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions bad boy Ndamukong Suhs reputation has gotten as nasty off the field as it is on it.
Just last week:
Suh was accused of sideswiping another vehicle near the Lions' practice facility, berating the other driver and leaving the scene of the accident (police closed the case without any arrests or tickets being issued).
He got sued, along with his sister, for allegedly not returning a 100,000 security deposit on a home in Birmingham, Mich., that they had rented.
He also was criticized by an anonymous NFL general manager who said Suh belonged on the All-Hype team in a Pro Football Weekly article.
That was all followed Saturday by a controversial tweet from his sister, Ngum, who is closely involved with Suhs business affairs.
The tweet read: Thank u Jesus! Only 2.5 more years!
Suh, a defensive tackle, is contractually committed to two more seasons with the Lions after this year.
Many observers interpreted his sisters message to mean that he would be looking to leave Detroit after the 2014 season (his contract runs through 2015, but he can void the final year).
Ngum Suh later sent out another tweet saying that her messages are not always about her brother.
What my sister tweets is what she tweets, Suh said Thursday following practice. It has nothing to do with me. Thats her personal account. Thats why her names on it. I have my personal account that says verified and says my name on it.
Asked directly about his future with the Lions, Suh said, I would love to be here. This city is great to me. It continues to be great to me. The people are great people. I love playing here. Thats why I wear the jersey.
Theres no doubt that Suh, a Pro Bowl starter as a rookie in 2010, has received far more negative publicity than positive over the last couple years.
Some of it goes back to that Thanksgiving Day game last year, when he stomped on one of the Green Bay players and received a two-game suspension from the NFL.
He also has turned off many people with whats portrayed as a surly, condescending personality.
But theres another side of Suh, the one that is generous and extremely involved in doing good things for the community.
Which is the real Suh? Good guy with a bad image or bad guy with some good moments?
He was asked whether it bothers him that the good often gets overlooked and that the bad gets played up.
To me, its not frustrating because its as simple as I do good because I want to do good, Suh said. Theres a saying that bad people or things that are bad are always going to have a louder voice, or negative things are always going to have a louder voice. So thats where it comes.
Theres people that are recognizing me doing good things, but I dont need that recognition.
As for why he doesnt publicize those good deeds more, such as his numerous hospital visits, Suh answered, To me, its not about the publicity. Its about doing it because I want to do it and I actually care for it and have a reason for why Im doing it. I want to see somebody else smile and be able to have their day be enjoyable even though they may be going through a tough time. For me, I dont need a pat on the back.
Asked how many hospital visits hes actually made, Suh said, A numerous amount but I dont believe its important to say how many I do and when the next time Im going. I just want to go and do it when I want to do it and have the opportunity to do it built around my schedule playing football and being a professional.
While privately it might frustrate him to no end, Suh said he understands how the spotlight works for a celebrity athlete such as himself.
Being an Army All-American in high school, being an All-American in college, being a second overall pick in the NFL, theres always going to be a microscope on you, he said. Thats what comes with the territory.
Blocking out the negative headlines to make sure they dont become a distraction cant be easy, but Suh has been through it enough over the last couple years that he appears to be getting good at it.
He batted down a pass on crucial play late in regulation Sunday at Philadelphia that helped lead to the Lions 26-23 overtime victory.
How does he stay focused with seemingly so much bad being said about him so much of the time?
Next question, Suh explained. Its as simple as that, Next question.
The Lions re-signed cornerback Alphonso Smith, who led the team with eight interceptions the last two years but got released during the final wave of cuts before this season.
The Lions needed another cornerback because of recent injuries to Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion). Both were injured in Sundays game and havent returned to practice this week.
To make room for Smith, the Lions released running back Keiland Williams, who also had been playing on special teams.
Defensive tackle Corey Williams practiced for the first time since undergoing knee surgery about three weeks ago. He said he didnt know yet whether he will play in Mondays game at Chicago.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, on whether he exchanged Christmas cards with Chicago cornerback D.J. Moore, Uh, no. I lost his address. Moore got ejected for charging after Stafford, who had grabbed Moores helmet and thrown him down during a game last season.