Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh responded to allegations that he taunted an injured Matt Ryan on Sunday, calling the injury to Ryan “karma,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I’m not even near their quarterback, so how am I going to trash-talk somebody that has a medical staff that’s all around him?” Suh said. “That’s their own problem. If you look at that play, I didn’t cause his quarterback to come down. (Lawrence Jackson), who was closest man to him, and Corey (Williams) didn’t cause the player to go down. Myself and Cliff (Avril) were standing next to each other.
“If you look at it, to me, it’s karma. For all the bad stuff they’ve done in the past, their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback. So I’ll leave it at that.”
Suh was responding to comments from Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure and wide receiver Roddy White, who accused Suh of taunting Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan while he was injured. Suh said Monday that the Falcons’ offensive line plays dirty, according to the Free Press.
“There’s many, many, many plays that I can go back to on film that I watched all week that their offensive line has done -- and that they’ve been coached to do, as far as I know,” Suh said. “It’s not anything that’s not been said, it’s not anything that’s new. Those are things that they’re taught to do.”
When asked why the Falcons would say he taunted Ryan, Suh responded: “I don’t know. Maybe that’s because the media and certain outlets have continued to call me a dirty player but yet can’t prove it.”
Update 7:50 p.m.: Roddy White responded to Suh's comments Monday evening, according to NBC Sports:
“I mean I don’t really have much to say about what [Ndamukong Suh] said,” White told NFL Network. “I just know he’s going to say whatever he wants to say, but we know what they said. We were standing right there in the huddle, we saw when he went down and that’s before the medical staff got there that they said was in front of the play. . . . “I know Suh said what he said. He said, ‘Go get the cart for him, get him out of here.’ He knows he said that and we’re not going to go back and forth about what he said-she said. And then he’s going to say it was karma for what we’ve done in the past when their quarterback gets hurt on the last play of the game and they have an MRI today.”