ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh faced reporters on Wednesday for the first time since an ESPN report over the weekend that he would like to play in New York next season.
When it was over the Detroit Lions defensive tackle slammed the door to the defensive line meeting room.
“I cannot address that for the simple fact that I haven’t spoken to any reporter about it or any reporters about supposedly what has come out,’’ Suh said.
Suh’s contract expires after this season and talks have been tabled with the Lions until after the season.
He said he didn’t know where the report emanated.
“Couldn’t tell you, no clue,’’ Suh said.
Suh did not talk to reporters after the 24-17 win over the Jets. A New York Post story said he left the locker room after the game without showering. Suh denied that.
“I always take a shower, it’d be bad hygiene if you didn’t take a shower especially being hot and sweaty,’’ Suh said. “... I’m one of the first guys in the locker room and probably one of the first ones out. It’s all about business, just the way I work.’’
No matter how he was asked he wouldn’t talk about his contract. NFL starters are required to talk to the media once a week. Before he took questions, Suh left the podium to find a Lions' media relations representative to monitor the press conference.
Suh said he is able to compartmentalize football and business.
“I think as a professional no matter what, especially being a high-profile person or a high-profile coach whatever may be, in a business that you have to do more or less do so many different things at so many different times, even understanding schemes I have to know my sub package, I’ve got to know my base package all these different things,’’ Suh said. “Being able to compartmentalize is part of the job.’’
After he left the podium, Suh went to the meeting room and slammed the door. Loudly.