He has been named the “NFL’s dirtiest player” by his peers in Sporting News. He was tagged the NFL’s “Least-Liked Player” in a 2012 Nielsen report that was published in Forbes. And while in my humble opinion – (that’s IMHO for the kids) – Ndamukong Suh has deserved much of what he has gotten as far as negative press goes, the fines that he has accumulated have been an absolute joke. A joke in the sense that fining a guy tens of thousands of dollars (or less) to a guy that makes eight figures annually does, say it with me, absolutely nothing.
Here’s a brief look at the history of Suh’s fines:
The early incidents
As a rookie, Suh was fined twice for hits on quarterbacks – Jake Delhomme ($7,500) – and Jay Cutler ($15,000). He was also banged once for $5,000 for using an opponent for leverage on a field goal (extremely lame). In 2011, he was docked $20,000 for a hit on Andy Dalton in an exhibition game.
Big incident 1: “The stomp”
The Thanksgiving stomp heard ’round the country. On November 24, 2011, Suh pushed Packers’ offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground multiples times, then stomped on his arm while “trying to stand up” – all after the whistle had blown before which would have been a Packers fourth down. Suh was given a personal foul (which gave the Packers a first down) and ejected from the game. He was suspended two games, which cost him $165,294.00.
Big incident 2: The kick to Matt Schaub’s groin
Keeping the Thanksgiving tradition, on November 22, 2012, Suh was involved in a play in which he kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin. The incident resulted in a $30,000 fine from the league.
Big incident 3: The low block on John Sullivan
In Week One of this season, Suh was fined a record $100,000 (most for an on-field incident) for a low block on Vikings offensive lineman John Sullivan.
Big incident 4: A “helmet-to-body” hit on Brandon Weeden
By far the least “fine-able” play of the four, Suh was fined $31,500 (a nice round number) for this hit on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. The fine was announced Wednesday. Video of the hit can be found here.
In sum, Suh has been fined a grand total of $209,000 to date. If you include the lost wages from his two-game suspension in 2011, it amounts to $374,294. Through his five year career, Suh has made roughly $51.7 million over his four-year career.
If you carry the one, 0.7% of his career salary. That isn’t a typo. The NFL has “deterred” Suh from further acts (or something like that) by taking pennies from him.
To put it in perspective, Suh has made roughly $13 million per season. If you divide his accumulated fines (including the lost wages from the suspension), they have averaged $93,573.50 per season – 0.7% of his yearly salary. If the NFL were to fine someone making $50,000 a year the equivalent, it’d amount to $350.
Now, you tell me. Have the fines deterred Suh from any type of dirty play?