ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he isn't going to change what he does on the field.
And he's appealing his latest fine, too.
Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on a Minnesota Vikings player in the Lions' season-opening win last weekend. It is the NFL's biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including the dollars lost by players due to suspensions.
“It's going through the appeals process,” Suh said Wednesday.
Suh's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, said he expects the appeal to be heard later this week, when he hopes to provide another perspective to reduce his client's fine.
“Everyone is talking about how Ndamukong shouldn't have blocked the 300-pound lineman because there was no way he was going to catch a linebacker,” Barnes said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. “If that's the case, the lineman should've known he wasn't going to catch the linebacker. But the lineman did attempt to catch the linebacker, and Ndamukong attempted to block him. But everyone wants to make Ndamukong out to be a villain.”
Suh vowed that he's not going to change his ways on the field, including when Detroit (1-0) goes on the road to play the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) on Sunday.
“I'm going to continue to play hard, blue-collar football,” he said.
Suh's reputation for playing with a nasty streak started in 2010 when he had an NFL-high five personal fouls. The next season, he seemed to cement the perception when he stepped on the right arm of Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith in a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving and ended the season with four personal fouls, tied for sixth in the league.
Since the league suspended Suh for two games for the stomp — costing him $165,294 — he's been hit with fewer major penalties.
Suh apologized to the player he hit, Vikings center John Sullivan, during Sunday's game.
“Player safety, it's a league concern and you got to only respect it,” he said. “That's one of the reasons why I spoke to Sullivan as we walked into halftime. He understood where I was coming from. No hard feelings.”
Also, police in an affluent Detroit suburb cleared Suh of any charges for waving a pellet gun in front of a cable company worker attempting repairs to a line on the player's property.
Birmingham police say the cable worker thought the gun looked like an assault rifle and feared for his safety. They say Suh told them he feared for his family and said he'd be even more aggressive protecting them than he is on the football field.
Police say the confrontation happened Aug. 16. Police say Suh didn't point the weapon at the Comcast employee but waved it around.
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