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Suh: Negative reputation ‘irrelevant in my life’

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, formally introduced as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, says his “dirty player” reputation has become “irrelevant” to his life and he believes people should get to know him before discerning what type of person he is.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“I think when you look at people in general, you’ve got to get to know them, you’ve got to have face time with them, you’ve got to be able to have the opportunity to interact with them,” Suh said. “Before you pass judgment on somebody, always take the time to get to know them, meet them, have coffee with them, whatever it may be and then be able to go from there.

“I think when people have seen blips of me … it’s been in a negative light, rather than a positive light and that’s due to outlets of media, social media, whatever it may be. I can deal with that because I know who I am as a person, I know who my parents are, what kind of child they brought up — it’s irrelevant in my life. I think the people that know me the best see me always in a good light and see the troubles and tribulations that I’ve gone through, as any human being goes through in their lives.”
The most notable incident — when he stomped on the arm of a then-Green Bay Packers offensive lineman in 2011 — involved Evan Smith, who is now Suh’s teammate with the Buccaneers.1

“I think that was in the past and it will remain in the past,” Suh said of the incident. “We’ve interacted with each other multiple times throughout [the years]. He was actually the second guy I got to speak to when I got here today, so I don’t see any issue with it. I think people want to make it bigger than what it is. I’ll leave it at that.”

Coach Bruce Arians added: “They were hugging coming down the hallway together, so I don’t think there’s any problem. We’re all here to win, and once you’re in the same locker room you can forget all the past stuff. Some of that stuff happened a long time ago and I don’t really care. That doesn’t bother me. The way he plays football — I like that. So he’s a good fit for us.”

Suh was fined twice for over $40,000 last year, when he played for the Los Angeles Rams. Some have suggested that he has toned it down slightly, though. In the past two seasons, he has registered 14 penalties — 18th in the league.

“I think the proof is in the pudding. If you go back and look at the track record, it speaks for itself,” Suh said, adding that he believes he can be a leader in Tampa Bay’s young locker room, even if it’s not as a “rah-rah” type.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I think I’ve always been a leader in my own particular way,” Suh said. “Whether I was a rookie in Detroit or a ninth-year guy in L.A., I’ve always been a leader of action. And I think actions speak louder than words. I’ve always prided myself on that. So however that kind of evolves in itself … I’ll lead in any way that is best for me, and at the same time that’s best for the team.”