Normally it’s NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting a meeting with repeat rule-breaking players.
But second-year Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has turned the tables and has requested a meeting with the Commish. Suh is seeking greater clarity on why he keeps drawing penalties for roughing the league’s quarterbacks.
Goodell and Suh will meet in New York on Tuesday, during the Lions’ bye week.
"To me it's just an opportunity to go out there and have good dialogue, see what I can take from that meeting," Suh said told reporters Sunday after the Lions destroyed Denver 45-10. "If it's nothing it's nothing, if it's something good, then it's something good."
The former No. 2 overall pick out of Nebraska has always played with passion and reckless abandon, but it hasn’t been as well received in the NFL where Suh has earned the reputation of being a dirty player. NFL.com perhaps took it a little too far last week when it previewed the Lions-Broncos matchup as Good vs. Evil with Denver’s Tim Tebow as the good guy and Suh pictured as evil.
"The league did do that for whatever reason. Evil prevails," Suh said. "Hopefully we're going to continue to keep it that way if that's the way they want to perceive us as. For me personally, it means nothing to me. I'm going to continue to be me, I know who I am, I'm not an evil person. I may not be a good person in some people's eyes. I'm going to continue to play hard."
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