Ndamukong Suh has played for the Lions for four seasons. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
NFL analyst and former player Heath Evans provided more details Thursday about a story he told last week of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh being “uncontrollable” and in a power struggle with former head coach Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz and Lions teammates defended Suh after Evans told Matt Dery on 105.1 FM that three anonymous players said Suh was late for meetings, among other claims.
Evans, who currently works for the NFL Network and Fox, defended the stories passed along to him by the players on Dery’s show Thursday afternoon.
The three anonymous players all referenced the same story, Evans said. At one full team meeting during the 2013 season, Suh arrived after all other coaches and players and tried to establish that he was “untouchable," he said.
“Suh kind of waddled in a little late after the head coach and everyone was ready, and then just kind of took his time sitting down and almost declared his dominance,” Evans said.
Evans said one player described the scene as the equivalent of Suh raising his leg like a urinating dog to mark his territory.
“Was it five minutes late? No, I didn’t get that feeling,” Evans said. “It was just almost like this domineering, alpha-male dog, ‘Hey, let me go here and declare this is my territory, my space, (and) no one is going to tell me what to do.’”
In a statement provided by the team recently, Schwartz said Suh was never late for a meeting during his four seasons with the Lions. Offensive guard Rob Sims also refuted Evans’ report to The Detroit News.
“I’d love to sit down with Rob and say, ‘Hey, here’s the three players. Here’s your three teammates that told me this, so are you calling them liars?’” Evans said Thursday.
Evans told Dery he spoke with the three players after the Lions’ season ended in December, and they were a combination of offensive and defensive players.