Ndamukong Suh’s stomp of the Packers’ Evan Dietrich-Smith will go down as the costliest Thanksgiving meltdown since Tiger Woods took a late-night detour into a tree.
It also took Suh’s reputation as the NFL’s dirtiest player global. That was cemented by a Taiwanese animation video that depicts the volatile Detroit Lion’s opponent-bashing tendencies in the absurd extreme.
Shocking or hilarious? You be the judge. The video show’s Suh slamming former Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme to the ground repeatedly by his facemask, wiping out the Bears’ Jay Cutler with some sort of fireball and finally not only stomping Dietrich-Smith but ripping off an arm and a leg.
All of which is presented as a news story with a Chinese-speaking commentator explaining (along with subtitles in English) that Suh has committed a league-record nine personal fouls in less than two seasons, had already been fined a total of $42,500, and if suspended would lose $82,000 a game in salary.
Suh was suspended Tuesday, and after watching that video the logical conclusion is that he got off pretty easy with two games – one for each limb torn off.
Financially, he did get off relatively easy. His five-year contract, which could pay him up to $68 million, is heavily front-loaded with bonus money. According to Forbes.com, he received a $17.4 million bonus payment earlier this season, so the lost income is a prorated portion of a relatively low $1.4 million base salary.
However, Suh’s Thanksgiving transgression could end up costing him quite a bit long-term in endorsements. Coincidentally, he had a new Chrysler 300 commercial that began airing during Thursday’s Lions-Packers game on Fox.
So far Chrysler and his other sponsors have declined comment on Suh. Wait until they see the video from Taiwan.
Next Media Animation has gained a reputation for humorous animated re-enactments of topical news stories. The first one dealt with the revelations of Woods’ extramarital affairs and Thanksgiving crash. You can view it on YouTube.