Here is why Ndamukong Suh did not get the book thrown at him from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell does not believe Suh is part of thug nation. Suh has had five violations in two years and if this were Pacman Jones or James Harrison he would have gotten the book thrown at him. Instead Goodell suspended Suh two games for his stomp of Green Bay Packers offensive guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Suh got his sentence reduced even before he turned into The Stomper. He met with Goodell in New York earlier this season and I am always convinced that it is more difficult to levy huge penalties to someone you meet than someone you do not know. Goodell and Suh did not become friends that day but they became names and faces, flesh and blood.
Goodell got to see the softer side of Suh. He saw that he is intelligent and thoughtful and really wanted to know what he did wrong. He knew Suh. And Suh called Goodell Sunday night to express his regrets.
Was it public relations?
But I am convinced he conveyed his remorse and Goodell bought it. I also believe Goodell knows Suh can be helped and can become an asset to the league. Some of these other guys he’s probably privately given up on. If you suspend Suh for four games you could lose him.
Suh is as smart off the field as he dumb on the field. The result was a reduced sentence and another chance. Let’s hope this is the last of it. The only regret is that the NFL did not imose anger management classes. I’ve spoken to some NFL players who believe that is exactly what he needs.
There is something not right about Suh. The two game suspension might shock him into acting right, but I am not certain it will cut to the heart of the problem.