Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has gotten into some majorly hot water after maybe, possibly, kicking New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick straight in the helmet while they battled by the sideline. Did he really do it?
Ndamukong Suh, 28, may have gotten himself in trouble yet again. The fierce defensive tackle has a history of what some are calling “dirty play,” and his latest incident, wherein his cleats collided with the back of Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s head, is now being called into question.
The Dolphins didn’t fare well against the Jets in their October 4 game, losing 27-14 in a game where Ndamukong and Ryan got a little too close for comfort. During the game, Ndamukong is seen chasing Ryan to the sideline, where the QB dives with the ball. Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi tumbles over Ryan, and Ndamukong trips over them both. Innocuous until you see his left leg swing up and connect with Ryan’s helmet while he’s on the ground!
Now, for many or most players, it would be a harmless move. But, according to SB Nation, Ndamukong “doesn’t get that benefit of the doubt” because of his long history of playing dirty on the field. Ryan said he isn’t in a position to say whether or not it was intentional; he only felt the kick, didn’t see it happen.
Three weeks ago, Ndamukong was under fire for knocking off the helmet of Washington running back Alfred Norris, using just his shin. He was cleared of wrongdoing there; however, in December 2014, Ndamukong received a suspension for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and in 2011, was both ejected and suspended for stepping on Packers defensive lineman Evan Smith.
Innocent until proven guilty. But in the court of sports, there’s a long list of behavior that says kicking Ryan in the helmet on purpose could be in the realm of possibility. HollywoodLifers, do you think Ndamukong kicked Ryan? Sound off in the comments!
— Samantha Wilson