Wherever Ndamukong Suh is, there is controversy, both on and off the gridiron.
The massively powerful Detroit Lions defensive lineman was involved in yet another traffic incident two weeks ago in Detroit, according to the AP.
Suh was given a ticket on Nov. 15 for driving without due care and caution. Police allege that Suh was speeding and passing cars from the right lane, though they're not sure if the charges will stick.
“Just looking at the tape, Mr. Suh was traveling faster than the cars around him, but I don't think it was to the extent of driving without due care and caution,” Lathrup Village, Mich., Police Chief William Armstrong told the AP.
In response to Suh's latest driving mishap, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he's not generally interested in talking about traffic citations. Schwartz may have had other issues on his mind, like whether the NFL would suspend Suh for his kick to the groin of Texans QB Matt Schaub during the two teams' thrilling overtime Thanksgiving matchup.
Eventually, the league deemed that Suh's kick was unintentional and that no punishment would be levied against him, though he may face a fine for the incident. Last season, Suh was suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving day. As of November 2011, Suh had been fined a whopping $42,500 for various unnecessary contact penalties.
Off the field, Suh's recent driving citation is one of many in his checkered history behind the wheel. While playing at the University of Nebraska, he crashed his car into three parked vehicles and pleaded guilty to negligent driving. In December 2011, he lost control of his car and hit a drinking fountain and a tree in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Again in Portland, he was ticketed in March 2011 for driving his BMW at 91 mph in a 55 mph zone, in addition to improperly signaling and not carrying proof of insurance. Last month, Suh was involved in a minor traffic accident in Dearborn, Mich.
Schwartz chuckled when a reporter asked him if he thought Suh should hire a driver.
“He certainly is in a very fortunate position that he could afford something like that,” Schwartz said, though he admitted the idea wasn't all that feasible.
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