Larry Fitzgerald defends Rams' Ndamukong Suh after apparent eye poke

'Just a friend clowning with another friend'
Posted at 12:15 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 15:28:17-05

Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald defended Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after Suh was shown apparently poking Fitzgerald in the eye during Sunday's game in Glendale.

Suh was seen shoving his finger through Fitzgerald's helmet and toward his right eye early in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the Rams at State Farm Stadium. Cardinals fans became outraged after the video was posted in slow motion on Twitter.

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On Wednesday, however, Fitzgerald took to Twitter to defend Suh. "Wanted to address the video circulating from Sunday: I’ve known (Suh) since his college days and he’s a close friend of mine. Quality as a person matches his quality as a player. That video is just a friend clowning with another friend. No negative intent! It's all love," he wrote.

Suh, who has been fined multiple times and suspended once by the NFL for player-safety violations, appreciated Fitzgerald's comment.

As ABC15 sports director Craig Fouhy notes: An extended version of the video reveals Fitzgerald having some fun with Suh before the apparent eye poke.