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Was Ndamukong Suh's stomping incident caused by a prank?

December 16, 2011 | 10:37 am

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Remember when Detroit's Ndamukong Suh stomped on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith? Apparently Suh's anger may have been caused by a prank.

According to former Packers offensive lineman Matt Brock, the incident could have happened because Green Bay's offensive line coach James Campen told Dietrich-Smith to untie Suh's shoes during the game.

Brock, who used to be teammates with Campen, told his theory to KXTG in Portland, Ore. There's no evidence that Brock's take is indeed true, but it's amusing nonetheless. Here is a transcript of the interview, courtesy of

"The center, or one of his guards, he's had like one or two starts in his career and he's got to play against Suh. So he's pretty puckered, right? So, he talking to James, the offensive line coach, going, 'What do I do? What do I do?'

"James is just in his mind going, 'This guy is going to get killed. I got to take his mind off it, give him something else to do.' So he says, OK, every time you're in a pile, I want you to focus on something. I want you to untie his shoes.'

"He goes, 'What?'

"'Any time you can, just reach in, he's got floppy shoelaces, he doesn't spat or anything, just untie his shoes. It will irritate him.'

"He untied his shoes three times in the game. That's why he stomped him. That's why he banged his head on the ground and he stomped him. When [Suh]went to the sideline it looked like he was telling the coach, 'I didn't do anything' and he put his foot up like, 'I didn't stomp him. I didn't do anything.' He was actually going, 'The damn guy keeps untying my shoes.'"


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Photo: Ndamukong Suh. Credit: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press.