Ndamukong Suh warms up before Sunday's game against the Browns in Cleveland. (Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)
Allen Park — Leave it to Dominic Raiola to cut through the political correctness.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said.
He was asked what he thought about the constant scrutiny brought on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh by the league office, specifically the most recent play was reviewed and deemed a fineable offense — his after-the-throw, non-penalized hit on quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday.
“Football is a violent game,” Raiola said. “I don’t think you can make someone hit somebody soft. That’s all I have to say about that.”
Suh, as first reported by the Lions’ website, was fined $31,500 for the hit. Even though there was no penalty called on the play, the hit was discussed on NFL.com, in the video series, “Behind Closed Doors: How a Hit Becomes a Fine.” Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the hit bore closer inspection because he felt Suh lowered his head to hit the quarterback.
“I haven’t heard anything about it, I have no clue,” Suh said Wednesday before the fine was announced. “It’s their decision to make fines and assess what they want to look at. They’re going to do what they’re going to do.”
If Suh is growing weary of the scrutiny, he didn’t let on. He repeated what he’s often said, “There is always going to be a microscope on me.”
When asked if he thought it was fair, he said, “Nothing in life is fair. It’s a double-edged sword. Being successful and having success in this game is going to garner attention. That’s something that people deal with in negative ways and positive ways.”
Bengals linebacker James Harrison has long been under the same microscope. At one point he got so frustrated he contemplated walking away from the game because of it. Suh said he’s never come close to that.
“You just roll with the punches,” he said. “Not everything is going to go your way in life. I’ve understood that. I grew up that way. I wanted a Nintendo 64 when I was little and my mom said no.”
Suh has now accrued $209,000 in league fines. He also lost two game checks for a suspension in 2011. That cost him $165,294. He recently lost his appeal on the $100,000 fine for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1.
“Can’t do anything about it,” he shrugged. “Just got to move on to next week.”