We've referred to the work of Jeanne Marie Laskas before on the blog. Among other things, she wrote a profile for late Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer that appeared in Esquire magazine a month after his death in August 2001. A decade later, Laskas has given us an equally revealing look at Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the September 2012 edition of GQ magazine.
Laskas found Suh to be an intense and private man, one who apparently spends large portions of his offseason time living at his parents' house in Oregon. Suh wants to move past the narrative of his Thanksgiving Day stomp against the Green Bay Packers last season, but he continued to insist it was not intentional and suggested there wouldn't be a debate if he was actually trying to hurt NFL players.
An excerpt of Suh's conversation is below. His words are in quotes.
"If you slow down and analyze anything, it's going to look worse in my opinion. It was not intentional. If it was intentional, it could have been a lot worse.
"If I wanted to go out there to hurt somebody, I could hurt somebody. I don't want any part of that." Hurting is too easy. Too obvious. A yawn, in that regard. Beating someone is different from hurting someone. Beating someone, he says, that's the game.
"I mean, if I wanted to hurt you, I'd go for your quarterback. Because me stopping your play is going to frustrate you more than me physically hurting you. Because I'm just that much better than you. That's how I look at it. It's like killing somebody with kindness."
We've been over this before, but I don't think Suh is going to put the stomp narrative to bed by painfully parsing its details and taking anything less than full responsibility for it. He did it and must own that responsibility before he can move on. If stomping an opponent was merely a heat-of-the-moment reaction, wouldn't we see it more often in the NFL's rage-filled world?