What’s with the NFL behavior?

I would like to think that if Ndamukong Suh’s two-game suspension costs the Lions a playoff berth, players would universally learn from his incident, imparting lessons to all NFL players on the importance of professionalism. But it probably wouldn’t change a thing. Suh apologists would rush to defend him, pointing to his hand in Detroit’s groundbreaking start, crediting him for restoring hope and pride to Lions Nation.

And that’s what Suh has done, for the most part, while becoming one of the most talented defensive linemen in the game. But Suh has exhibited poor judgment on way too many occasions with his rule-breaking tactics. Will potentially costing his team its first playoff berth in 12 years

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teach Suh the value of following rules? That’s hard to say.

What’s distressing is the NFL trend of poor sportsmanship and moronic behavior. Sunday’s lineup included Bills receiver Steve Johnson, after scoring a touchdown, mocking Plaxico Burress having accidentally shot himself, leading to a 20-month prison incarceration. Those believing in karma received affirmation when Johnson’s excessive celebration penalty played a part in prime Jets field position — with the help of that awful (pseudo) kickoff that followed — leading to their touchdown, as well as Johnson suffering a crucial

drop in the final seconds.

What could have possibly possessed Johnson to pull such a stunt? Has he not seen enough excessive celebration penalties called, leading to ensuing touchdowns? Did he think everybody would laugh it off? Did he think Burress and his family, especially his young kids who have had to deal with dad’s reckless behavior, would get a good kick out of it, perhaps inviting Johnson to the house for celebratory cocktails and caviar over the holidays?

What was Steve Johnson possibly thinking?

I can only guess that the answer was: He wasn’t thinking.

Just like Suh wasn’t thinking when he forcibly stepped on Green Bay guard Evan Dietrich-Smith’s right arm, then on the next play shoved Dietrich-Smith’s helmet into the turf.

It’s remarkable that players can stay so focused and driven for long periods of time, and suddenly have total lapses of judgment.

To Suh’s and Johnson’s credit, they eventually showed contrition. Suh’s return to reality took a bit longer after he waxed fiction in the post-game interview.

But still, what were they thinking? Or perhaps more appropriately, why weren’t they thinking?

What was Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson thinking a week earlier when he flipped the ball to Giants defensive coordinator Perry

Fewell — who, unlike most of his defensive backs, actually caught it — after making a reception near the sideline?

This doesn’t mean these players are bad people. Jackson, in particular, has done important work for an anti-bullying campaign in the Philly area. It just means that they need to think before acting, which apparently is easier said than done for some of them. They need to realize that not only are they hurting their team and fans who invest heavily in the team. They are sending lousy messages to impressionable kids who are trying to decipher why players can act like such fools.











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