DETROIT -- Keith Bulluck was the first person to greet Albert Haynesworth in the Titans' locker room after Haynesworth dug his cleats into the face of helmetless Cowboys center Andre Gurode five years ago, a vile act that earned Haynesworth a five-game suspension and serves as context for Ndamukong Suh's stomp of a Packers offensive lineman Thursday.
Suh's kick wasn't quite as egregious. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle spiked Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm, not his head, and stopped after one violent kick while Haynesworth went back for seconds.
But, as Bulluck recalls, Haynesworth left the locker room truly remorseful that day -- something Suh, washed Facebook apology and all, still hasn't mustered.
"I was the first one that Albert spoke to," Bulluck recalled Friday. "I just looked at him like, 'Al, what's up?' And he was just like, 'Man, I lost it.'
"That's why I say, in the heat of the battle is one thing, but when you have time to come back in and reflect and see how big of a thing it becomes then the more human side comes in. He was just like, he just lost it. He was really upset by that because that's not the type of person he wanted to be portrayed as."
Haynesworth, who like Suh was ejected in the third quarter, apologized immediately after the game to Gurode and others.
He called his act "disgusting," insisted he wasn't a dirty player and said he felt like he "disgraced the game, disgraced my team and disgraced my last name."
Compare that to Suh's rambling post-game press conference, when he apologized only to his teammates, coaches and true fans and excused his actions as being "misinterpreted" and an accidental part of trying to free himself from a pile.
It took Suh some 29 hours to issue a second, still-incomplete apology, failing to directly acknowledge his actions and leaving Dietrich-Smith out of a three-paragraph statement posted on his fan page moments after the Lions released their own condemnation of his stomp as a team.
"In the past few hours, I have had time to reflect on yesterday's game and I want to sincerely apologize for letting my teammates down, the organization, and especially to my fans who look to me for positive inspiration," Suh wrote in part. "My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand -- by winning."
For their part, Schwartz and the Lions should have said more, sooner, too.
Schwartz said after the game he didn't see the incident but that Suh "can't leave any gray area and can't give an official any reason to" penalize him or eject him from the game. Suh's stomp gave the Packers an automatic first down after they had been stopped on third-and-goal, and John Kuhn scored two plays later on a 1-yard run to break open a close game.
And while he won't meet with local reporters until Tuesday, Schwartz had an opportunity to denounce the stomp in a Sirius/XM radio interview Friday but chose to talk around it instead, saying "if there's discipline involved in a case like that it will come from the NFL" and that Suh can't lose his composure and "put his teammates in a bad position."
No one is saying Schwartz condones Suh's stomp. As competitive as he is, that's never been what Schwartz is about.
But Schwartz, who happened to be Haynesworth's defensive coordinator in 2006, needs to take a more hard-line stance with a team that often appears undisciplined and a young star who has eight personal fouls, 10 penalties for first downs and three fines for $42,500 in 27 career games.
In all likelihood, the league will punish Suh for his stomp sometime in the next few days. A steep fine is in order, and considering his discipline history with the league, a short suspension could be, too, though Vikings defensive end Brian Robison avoided one when he kicked a different Packers lineman in the groin last month.
Robison, like Haynesworth, apologized shortly after the game for his actions and directly to all parties involved. He was fined $20,000.
If the NFL doesn't suspend Suh, Schwartz should follow the precedent he set in benching right tackle Gosder Cherilus for a game earlier this year after he committed a silly personal foul that left the Lions in a precarious situation against Tampa.
Suh's stomp was worse, impacted his team more and his lack of remorse shows he still has growing up to do.