My name is Lee Torre and I’m one of the most avid Lions fans in the world, I have been since childhood. I can remember the names of full starting lineups, all of the superstars and even many backups for Lions teams of the 1990′s, even irrelevant players who nobody but Lions fans remember like Corey “Toast” Raymond and Larry “Turnstile” Tharpe (they sucked BTW).
I remember being 18 & 19 years old and tailgating outside of the Pontiac Silverdome with my best friend up until about 12:50pm and then BOLTING towards the Silverdome to see Barry do the amazing, I’m an old fart now at the age of 34 but I still LOVE and have stuck with the Lions through the good, bad and even the ugly Matt Millen decade of disaster.
Needless to say, I was super-geeked to see the Lions draft you, you are a man amongst boys on the field. You are an amazing talent and I’m glad I can root for you rather than against you on Sundays! BUT, I say all that to say this…
I have NEVER seen a Lions player that I was more tempted to dislike than you. As a matter of fact, I have never disliked a Lions players public persona before, ever.
But you sir, you are teetering on pushing much of your hometown fan base away and it’s for a very valid reason.
The blatant, “don’t believe your lyin’ eyes” type lies you insist on telling. One thing you will learn about Detroiters is that we thoroughly respect “stand-up guys” and despise fake people.
I’ll tell you this bruh, I have never in my life been more stunned and dumbfounded from a Lions players press conference than the one you had after the Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay (fudge)Packers. As a Detroiter we embrace Bad Boys, I’d had been almost schoolgirl giddy if you had said “Yeah, I stomped him because he was pissing me off, you all didn’t see what he got away with. I’d kick him again too!” (Even as a fan though I’d be hoping you were just pissed and planned on NOT actually doing it again and were just talking tough. And I admit making such a statement wouldn’t be good for you outside of the D, especially with this power-hungry Commish lurking.)
Or even a simple admission of what you’d done like… “Yeah I kicked the guy, I should have kept my head. I’ll try to avoid that from now on” would have sufficed. But did you do anything close to either one of these examples? NO!
Instead at one of the weirdest press conferences I’ve ever seen, you say….
“What I did was remove myself from the situation the best way that I felt in me being held down in the situation that I was in,” You continue… “My intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not. [I was] removing myself, as you see, I’m walking away from the situation. And with that I apologize to my teammates, and my fans and my coaches for putting myself to be in position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game.”
At this point I am just sitting there, blinking. (You know that dumfounded blink…)
And then you continue with this doozy….
“I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down,” You continue…. “As I’m getting up, I’m getting pushed so I’m getting myself unbalanced. . . . With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, . . . but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did.”
At this point I began to wonder if these were the words of a liar or if you are truly delusional. I don’t know which one I was rooting for, but the thought that you maybe be a deluded person was what I was leaning towards because of the sincere look on your face AND of all things evoking God!
But that was then and this is now, I truly thought this issue was over, I saw your half-apology on your Facebook Page when you gave it and even though I could read through the words to see that you still were not going to take full responsibility and truly “own” what you did in front of the eyes of the entire nation, I said “whatever, it will soon be over now. Thankfully!”
But much to my freakin horror, IT’S NOT OVER!
Now you go on NFL Face to Face with Hannah Storm and CONTINUE to tell me and the rest of the world that the Earth is made of cheese!
After you act like we the people and media just call your actions whatever we choose to call them, then you admit you made a mistake. Only to follow it up with “It was really just me getting out of the way”, so which is it Ndamukong? Were you just getting out of the way or did you make a direct attempt to kick the guy? I don’t like being lied to and treated like an idiot by anyone. I really want to like you but WOW do you make it hard!
Your repeated words are so blatantly false it is truly laughable and puzzling.
Here’s a bit more.
Hannah Storm: “so was it intentional?”
Ndamukong Suh: “no it was not intentional”
Bruh, I know you think you’ve handled this well, because you’ve even said “I think I’ve done a great job of, one, addressing it…”, but I assure you, you have done quite the opposite.
Please stop the lying or just simply refuse to ever talk about the stomp ever again. Detroit backs guys labeled as bad guys all the time, we’d have your back if you just kept it real dude! I think you are doing yourself a huge disservice. I honestly think you are a really great guy for the charitable works you do, for instance providing football gear for kids to donating $2.6 million to the university of Nebraska, which was the largest charitable contribution ever from a former athlete and more.
As of right now, I’m still a fan of yours even if it doesn’t sound like it, but I just tell it how it is. I hope that you make it possible to stay a fan of yours. I wish you the best bruh. GO LIONS!!!!