Lions’ Lawrence Jackson: Logan Mankins ‘a dirty bastard’
|08.31.11 at 8:57 am ET|
Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson is not pleased with Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins following their confrontation during Saturday’s preseason game in Detroit.
After a second-quarter play, Mankins grabbed Jackson’s facemask before Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh rushed in to slap Mankins away (video can be seen here at the 1:20 mark). Mankins received a 15-yard penalty for his actions.
Jackson claims Mankins was responsible for the incident.
“Yeah, he’s a dirty bastard,” Jackson said Monday, as reported by the Detroit Free Press. “That’s all. He’s dirty. I kind of called him out on it. Things for a little rough.”
Added Jackson: “It seems like defense is always on the short end of the stick in the league. The offense gets away with a lot of stuff, especially the offensive line; 95 percent of it doesn’t get called. And stuff like this, I mean, you don’t let anybody mess with your brothers. It was nothing intentional, but we’ve got to stay together. That’s all.”
Suh, who was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his hit on Bengals quarterback in the preseason opener, received some criticism for his aggressive intervention, but he wasn’t backing down Monday.
“Do I regret it? No,” Suh said. “But the funny thing about the whole situation is that I wasn’t the one that got the 15-yard penalty for grabbing a facemask. The other funny piece about it is I didn’t know you can’t help protect one of your teammates in the act of duty.
“But it is what it is. I had a great conversation with, actually, the ref who saw everything. And he said, ‘Next time, make sure you let me handle it, but I understand what you were doing and helping your teammate out and removing him from the situation.’ ”
Suh said he’s not sure if he’ll be fined for the fourth time in his young career.
“I can’t answer that question,” he said. “That’s not my ruling and not where I sit. Not my decision. I’m going to continue to play hard and play within the rules, as I have been. When I’ll consider myself a dirty player is when my mom tells me that.”