Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett alleged that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur before a fight broke out during the game.
What We Know:
- Last Thursday, the Browns beat the Steelers in a 21-7 blowout. Eight seconds before the game was about to end, Rudolph attempted to rip off Garrett’s helmet and allegedly kicked him. Garrett fought back and was more successful at taking off Rudolph’s helmet. Two linemen tried to block the two from fighting more but Rudolph charged Garret again which led Garrett to hit Rudolph with his helmet, according to the Daily Wire.
- Garret lost his appeal and stated that: “I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension,” he said. “This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed. I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”
- Rudolph and his lawyers denied the claim of saying the slur. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said: “Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland. He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Garrett was originally suspended indefinitely, but based on previous actions the NFL has taken we can expect him to be out for the rest of the season and pay a hefty fine.