Perhaps instant replay can be expanded for use during the next postgame interview in which Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh tries to play the role of victim to officials and a league he amazingly still insists are out to get him.
A world of overstuffed football fans watched Suh commit a series of blatant acts that solidified him as the league's dirtiest player and merited him being thrown out of the Lions' 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving. Later, they watched him have the nerve to blame guard Evan Dietrich-Smith -- the guy he stomped on -- for what happened.
Yes, Suh did some damage control via his Facebook page on Friday night when he wrote: "My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand -- by winning."
Sorry. Too late. Too contrived. Too modern-day insincerity.
The Lions had already issued a statement, probably in hopes of doing something to lessen the blow that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will no doubt deliver.
"The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection from yesterday's game was unacceptable and failed to meet the high level of sportsmanship we expect from our players," the team said. "Ndamukong has made many positive contributions to the Lions on and off the field. We expect his behavior going forward to consistently reflect that high standard of professionalism."
Suh's actions and initial act of defiance after the game are going to hurt Suh's case when Goodell begins reviewing the situation on Tuesday. A multigame suspension is possible considering Suh's attitude and the fact he already has stockpiled a league-high 11 personal fouls and $42,500 in fines for illegal hits since joining the NFL last season.
Suh's initial reaction to Thursday's ejection was proof enough that only something as dramatic as a multigame suspension during a playoff chase will help him control his inner Mike Tyson. It's obvious Lions coach Jim Schwartz can't control Suh's emotions. If anything, Schwartz's own lack of emotional self-control contributes to the problem and the fact the Lions lead the league in personal fouls since Schwartz took over in 2009.
Suh is a great player. And there also have been times when he's been unfairly punished because he's such a physical player. But for him to initially argue that Thursday's ejection falls into that category was outrageous and, well, delusional. Especially when the replay clearly shows him shoving Dietrich-Smith's helmet into the turf three times before getting up and stomping on Dietrich-Smith's right arm.
When Suh met with reporters after the game, he said he was being held down and was simply trying to separate himself from Dietrich-Smith's grasp. He also said he didn't stomp on the guy's arm.
When Suh said he had seen the replay, a reporter asked him if what he saw was a guy simply getting up or a guy stepping on another guy.
"If I see a guy stepping on somebody, I feel like they're going to lean into it and forcefully stand over that person or step on that person," Suh said. "I'm going in the opposite direction from where [Dietrich-Smith] is at. So that's where I'll leave it."
Like the rest of us, the Packers were amazed and amused by Suh's original -- and more honest -- reaction. Of course, they probably don't mind that one of the Lions' best players did something stupid that helped Detroit lose a key game.
"That's something we talked about all week," Packers guard T.J. Lang said. "They were probably going to do something stupid along the way. They've done it almost every game."