During Saturday night’s NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Ravens and Steelers on NBC, you could hear Cris Collinsworth signing the praises of Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In addition to praising his play on the field (which was sensational) Collinsworth also referred to Suggs as a “jokester” off the field at one point.
During commercial breaks, NBC (and all networks carrying the games) are running NFL PSA spots on domestic violence under the slogan NO MORE.
This week, Suggs will be in demand from many in the media as they hope to get juicy quotes from him in the run up to Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Patriots. They’ll laugh at his proclamations and say how great he is. They’ll call him “Sizzle” and the Ravens notoriously tone-deaf Twitter account will continue to deify him.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 17, 2014
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 4, 2015
Meanwhile, “Sizzle” is playing in the NFL despite having a much worse track record in the domestic violence department than former teammate Ray Rice, who lost his job this season following a well-publicized disgusting incident at a casino in which he knocked out his then-fiancee.
Back in September, Josh Levin in Slate had a column entitled Why Is Terrell Suggs Still in the NFL?
Dennis and Callahan and Minihane spent a good deal of time this morning going over the details in this column, specifically the 2009 incident in which Suggs pinned his then-girlfriend, now wife to the floor and poured bleach over her and their son.
When she turned around, according to her complaint, he knocked her to the ground and sat on top of her, grabbing her neck and holding an open bottle of bleach over her.
Williams wrote that Suggs used an obscenity and said he was going to “drown [her] with this bleach.”
She put her hands over the cap, but the cleaner spilled onto her and their son, she wrote. He then told her to get out of the house, dressed and left for the game, she wrote.
She also reference a history of previous incidents. Over the next few years there were at least two protective orders filed against Suggs. In 2012, Suggs was ordered to hand over his seven guns, including an AK-47 after the following incident:
Terrell Suggs’ longtime girlfriend claimed in a protective order filed last month that the Ravens’ Pro Bowl outside linebacker punched her in the neck and drove a car containing their two children at a “high rate of speed” while she was being dragged alongside.
The Levin article shows that no action was ever taken by the NFL despite their assertion that they would “look into it.”
Despite this history, Suggs continues to be popular with many in the media, who run to him for quotes and look forward to what he’s going to say next.
Not all media seem to be as enamored with Suggs and how he is regarded, especially by those in Baltimore:
I found it interesting how many grown men (not teammates) addressed Terrell Suggs as "Sizzle" tonight.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 4, 2015
It’d be refreshing if some might actually use their influence and position in the media to tamper down the glorification of such a man. Are they afraid of him?
I know many in the media are afraid of Suggs, but don't mistake that for players feeling that way. This fear thing really isn't part of it
— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) January 4, 2015
If Dan Shaughnessy is actually the bravest columnist around, as his boss claims he is, maybe he can ask Suggs why he is free to play in this game while Ray Rice sits at home unemployed, and Greg Hardy (whose history is very similar to Suggs) sits out while the Panthers head to Seattle this week.
If Shaughnessy wants to make himself a national story as he often does, this is the perfect opportunity for him. He won’t though. He loves Suggs, as evidenced by this line in his column today: Wacky Terrell Suggs loves to get in the face of Brady…
Yeah, wacky. That wacky, jokester Terrell Suggs.
I’m sure Shaughnessy would rather sit back and take shots at the likes of the menacing Rajon Rondo instead anyway.
A few media items:
Inside ESPN’s tribute to late SportsCenter star Stuart Scott – Richard Deitsch looks at the ESPN staffers who worked on the tribute they hope would never air to the iconic anchor who passed away from cancer yesterday at the age of 49.
ESPN feels the loss of Stuart Scott – Chad Finn looks at the heartfelt tributes from Scott’s colleagues.
Stuart Scott’s Legacy is Far Greater Than Just Memorable Catchphrases – Finn also blogged about Scott and his legacy.