After receiving a citation by Lathrup Village police for driving without care or caution last month, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has officially scheduled a January court date to fight the ticket, according to a report by Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Though his actions landed him a $130 fine that was due to be paid by Dec. 12, the 25-year-old Suh opted instead to request a formal hearing with a judge to fight the citation. Scheduled for Jan. 11 at Southfield's 46th District Court, Suh will be allowed to have his attorney present at a hearing where he will present his side of the story alongside the arresting officer. The judge will then listen to both sides and make a final ruling on whether Suh's ticket was warranted.
While some might scoff at a millionaire like Suh for fighting a ticket that represents a small fraction of his weekly paycheck, the Detroit Free Press did indicate that Lathrup Village Police Chief William Armstrong told reporters he believed "the charge wasn’t proper for what Mr. Suh did."
The fact that Suh has opted to drag this issue out further might be far from ideal for Detroit's organization, but it's clear the third-year lineman feels like he has a target on his back both on and off the field right now. Regardless of whether or not he wins his chance at appeal, Suh's off-the-field issues are starting to wear thin on the Lions' organization.