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Roger Goodell talks about Ndamukong Suh's latest controversial play

Roger Goodell spoke about Ndamukong Suh's latest controversial play at the Lions annual Courage House dinner in Detroit on Tuesday night.

Jeff Zelevansky

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attended the Lions annual Courage House dinner in Detroit on Tuesday night -- and while he was there, the commissioner spoke about Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and his latest controversy.

Any time you see a play like that, you want to say, 'Why did it happen?' It's hard for us to be able to interpret that just from video. Those are things, sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong, in this case. Intent is something that's very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on."

The play Goodell is referring to occurred on Thanksgiving Day, when Suh apparently intentionally kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area after attempting to sack Schaub.

Suh, of course, denied any malicious intent behind the kick, and "inadvertently hit the man." Unfortunately for Suh, he has developed a history of being a dirty player, and is no longer given the benefit of the doubt by many fans and critics.

Last Thanksgiving Day, Suh shoved Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head into the ground multiple times, before stomping his arm. Suh was suspended two games for the incident.

The NFL decided not to suspend Suh, since intent is, in Goodell's words, "something that's very difficult to make a judgment on."