Our interview with Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is being played all over the country. That was never our intent when we interviewed Suh for our weekly chat Wednesday afternoon on the Valenti and Foster Show on 97.1 FM.
Mike Valenti and I were looking for the same answers from Suh that many fans wanted to know during his first day of media availability since being suspended two games for stomping a Green Bay player on Thanksgiving Day. As usual Suh was guarded and did not let us into his world. He simply wanted to move on and focus on football, which is his right.
He never said whether he apologized to teammates. He never said he regretted being suspended while his teammates went on without him. That is his right but it is the wrong move for a guy who cares about his image. It is the wrong move for a guy who wants to do good and be more than a football player.
Suh is quiet and private. He only lets on to those in his inner circle and once again that is his right. But if you are going to do Subway and Omaha Steak commercials and if you want people to follow you and believe in you, you must give in a little.
Suh has been talked about like a dog nationwide. It would have been nice to see him defend himself or even say he messed up. We all make mistakes. I know I have made my fair share and will continue to. But I am not certain Suh has learned from his mistakes. He could still be a suspension waiting to happen.
I know opponents are coming after him. They will be like sharks who see blood in the water. Suh is bleeding from not being able to control his emotions and people are going to poke, prod and do anything they can to get under his skin.
“That won’t be the first time,” he said.
We will know pretty quickly if Suh has learned from his mistakes. The Oakland Raiders are the craziset team in the NFL and I am certain their goal is to get him to erupt again. Can he hold his emotions? I do not know the answer because Suh would not answer the question.
Certainly some people will think Valenti and I were trying to bait Suh into something. That is not true. We simply gathered the very questions you asked us about Suh and presented them to him. He choose not to answer them and he cut our interview short, even though it was nearly to its conclusion. And I could tell Mike was annoyed at the end. So was I. I just wanted a little something.
Suh is a public relations disaster and needs some help. It would not matter if he didn’t care but I know he does care about his image. He is not as bad as the guy he protrays. And some day he will realize that opening up a little of yourself is not a bad thing.
People might actually see him as a human being.