I am perfectly fine that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh decided not to join us today for our weekly chat on the Valenti and Foster Show.
I’ve never been one of those who demand that an athlete talk to me. I like it when they do, but they don’t have to. Our interview with Suh last week was heated because we asked a lot of pointed questions about his suspension, whether he apologized to teammates and about the one car accident in Portland. We wanted answers to the same questions the media asked earlier and that fans want to know.
I spoke to someone who was at the media scrum and they said Suh’s sitdown with the media was rougher than the interview on my radio show. But I totally understand why Suh decided not to come on. It made national headlines and it was uncomfortable for him and he did not come off well.
We got criticized also. I listened to a guy on ESPN radio who said we were unprofessional and that he did not blame Suh for cutting the interview short. That’s fine. I can take a minor blow like that.
I cannot tell you the times I’ve been blown off for interviews or have a guy walk right past when I ask if we can talk. I don’t get mad. I just move on to the next guy. That’s what we do in this profession.
And that is what we will do with Suh. Dominic Raiola took his place and he did a fine interview.