Following Sunday's game in Detroit, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said that he lost respect for Ndamukong Suh because Suh taunted quarterback Matt Ryan while he lay injured on the field.
Yesterday, the defensive tackle said he doesn't particularly care if White respects him or not.
"Do I need Rodney White's respect? No, I don't." Suh said.
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As far as the allegations that he and teammate Cliff Avril taunted Ryan, Suh pointed out that the quarterback was surrounded by the medical staff and out of earshot of any alleged trash talk while he was down on the field.
"I'm not even near their quarterback, so how am I going to trash talk somebody that has a medical staff that's all around him?" Suh said.
He also accused Atlanta's offensive line of dirty play, and said it was fitting that offensive lineman Will Svitek was the one who hurt Ryan by accidentally stepping on his foot.
"To me it's karma," Suh said. "For all the bad stuff they've done in the past, their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback. That's all I have to say about it."
At this point, no matter what Suh says about anything, it's hard to take him at his word.
I seriously doubt it's just a coincidence that his name happened to be attached to this little incident. In less than a year and a half, he's been fined nearly $50,000 for his manhandling of league quarterbacks. He's been guilty of everything from pulling Jake Delhomme to the ground by the face mask, to spearing Jay Cutler in the back, to nearly ripping Andy Dalton's head off.
So if anyone thinks it's out of the realm of possibility for Suh to trash talk an injured player, you might want to have your head examined.
It's clear that he's unconcerned with the "dirty player" label that has been attached to him. In fact, he seems to relish it. Still, there's a fine line in playing hard to intimidate, and playing flat out dirty.
Apparently, Suh needs to learn how to distinguish between the two.