Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said he doesn’t believe one of his teammates used the shield of anonymity to criticize him after a loss to the Indianapolis Colts this month.
Suh talked with reporters today for the first time since Yahoo Sports reported that an unnamed teammate said Suh was first on the list of “guys who don’t understand what it takes to win.”
Suh said the criticism was “interesting,” but he insisted he’s not looking around the locker room, betting on who said what.
“I don’t care,” he said. “You know where my locker is if you got something to say to me. But I really, honestly, in my heart of hearts, I really don’t think it’s true. And it’s unfortunate that things are written like that. I mean, if it is true, it is true. If it’s not, it’s not.”
The teammate also was quoted as saying that Suh’s behavior is one reason the Lions (4-9) have fallen on hard times after reaching the playoffs last season.
“When stars act like that, everybody else thinks it’s OK to act like that,” the player said. “It’s like with kids. You let one get a little out of control, the other one does the same thing pretty quick. It’s human nature.”
Suh defended his know-how to win today, pointing out that he has played on successful teams in high school, college and last year with the Lions, and that he won a state shot put championship in track and field.
“I won a personal championship in winning shot put, so, in essence, I knew how to win individually,” Suh said. “As a team, I’ve gone far with my football teams. We went deep into the playoffs in high school; we went to big bowl games in college and played in some huge games. One of my last games in college was a pretty big game. I went to the Big 12 championship. So I’ve been there, I’ve done a lot of things and have been fortunate for that.
“I feel like being able to go back on those examples and being through those particular things that I’ve had an inkling of how to win. It’s been a little bit different in the league, but I mean, we had a pretty good year last year. Not saying it was the best year, ’cause we still lost six games, but you have some sense of knowing how to get things done. But we’re on the same team.”