Talk about your 180 degree turn.
First Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh is criticized for being a dirty player for viciously slamming Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme to the ground in his first game. He stated after the game that he was not a dirty player. Well it sure looked dirty. And in a way I kind of liked it. Suh showed from day one the mentality he brings to the field, that is of an absolute monster…you better bring your lunch pale if you’re going to line up across from him. Off the field, every report is that he’s as nice as can be.
But now, he is claiming he isn’t a dirty player by…apologizing for pulling Cowboys running back Marion Barber’s hair. Yeah, seriously. Pulling hair isn’t dirty, just not what you’d expect from the physically imposing beast that is Suh.
It’s Barber’s own fault he hasn’t visited his barber lately. He is an offensive player, and having hair that long is just asking for trouble. At least Troy Polamalu is a defensive player…he can’t get yanked down by his own locks. Well, normally. But Larry Johnson made sure to give it a try. But Marion Barber? Marion, come on. You’re running back. You had to know you were going to get it yanked, just not from a defensive tackle like Suh. You’d think that would be something that Deangelo Hall would pull, or some other corner who
makes business decisions hates to tackle.
So is Suh a dirty player for grabbing hair? Not at all. Maybe just taken down a notch on the man-scale for being a defensive tackle and using hair tactics.