Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for a kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in a game on Thanksgiving, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday.
League officials decided Monday not to suspend Suh, but reserved the option of fining him.
The incident occurred while Suh was rushing the passer, and it's unclear whether Suh intentionally kicked Schaub in the groin area. As he tumbled to the ground, his leg extended and his foot hit Schaub, who clutched the area.
Speaking to news reporters in Detroit on Wednesday, Suh said he won't be apologizing to Schaub because he sees no need to do so.
"I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man," Suh said.
The NFL obviously disagrees -- to some extent -- with his contention that it was a natural motion.
Schaub wasn't happy with the play and said he wouldn't want Suh as a teammate.
"You don't want a player like that. The stuff that he stands for and the type of player he is, that's not Houston Texan-worthy," Schaub said. "That's not what we're about as a football team, as individuals, collectively as a group. We're not that type of person."
Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts interim coach Bruce Arians, whose team will face Suh and the Lions on Sunday, said just the opposite.
"I don't think he's a dirty player," Arians said. "I'd love to have him on my team. I like the way he plays. He plays aggressive, hard and fast and physical.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with it. That's kind of why they call it football."
On Tuesday, at a Lions function, Commissioner Roger Goodell said, "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 determine that just from video. Those are the things that sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong in this case, or the player, but intent is something that's very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on."
Goodell said he hadn't spoken with Suh about the incident, and he wasn't sure if any other league officials had.
One of the game's most divisive players, Suh has been fined five times and suspended once in his first three NFL seasons for various on-field incidents and made headlines off the field in an assortment of negative ways.
This month, Suh was involved in at least his fifth traffic incident as a Lion when he was ticketed for driving without due care and caution in Lathrup Village. He's a defendant in two lawsuits and has twice been named the league's dirtiest player in a poll conducted by The Sporting News.
"I think Ndamukong prides himself in what he does on the field, and that's something that you always want to keep that focus as a player," Goodell said. "He also does a lot off the field in a positive way, but they get lost when things happen that can distract from that. That's the one thing that Ndamukong and I have talked about in the past is keep the focus on your playing and what you do in a positive way off the field, and he knows he needs to do that, as every player does."
Lions President Tom Lewand and coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday they agreed with the NFL's decision not to suspend Suh for his kick on Schaub.
Schwartz called the kick inadvertent, and Lewand said, "We didn't feel a suspension was merited, and we're glad it was seen the same way by the NFL."
"What I saw was his head was down and away from that play," Schwartz said. "In my mind you would have to have eyes in the back of your head to be able to do it (on purpose)."
Lewand downplayed the negative publicity surrounding Suh when asked how much it bothers the organization, but he acknowledged, "There is a greater spotlight on him because of his image, his profile."
Lewand added: "And with that comes a greater responsibility. I think that we've seen an increasing development of his awareness and his responsibility, and I think you see that with the fact that he has not had a personal-foul penalty levied against him all year, period."
Goodell didn't directly express concern about Suh's image, either, but it's clear the defensive tackle has his attention.
"The reality is since last Thanksgiving (when he was ejected for stomping on the arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith), he has not been fined or disciplined from our standpoint," Goodell said. "I know he's working at it and he's trying at it, and he knows he's got to continue to do that. The rules are there and everyone's got to play by those rules, whether you're Ndamukong or any other player. You have to play by the rules, and we expect everyone to do that."
Contributing: Dave Birkett