NFL found no evidence that Mason Rudolph called Myles Garrett a racial slur
Myles Garrett claims Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur toward him during the altercation between the two players last week, but the NFL says no evidence has been uncovered that supports the allegation.
Garrett met with the NFL to appeal his indefinite suspension on Wednesday, and he reportedly claimed he lost his cool and clubbed Rudolph in the head with a helmet after Rudolph used racist language. The NFL announced has since announced that Garrett’s suspension has been upheld, and a league spokesperson said Thursday that “no such evidence” was found that Rudolph said something racist.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league looked into Myles Garrett’s allegations that Mason Rudolph used a racial slur last Thursday night before the brawl “and found no such evidence.”
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Rudolph has adamantly denied using any racist language, and his attorney called the allegation from Garrett worse than the act of hitting the QB over the head with a helmet. Garrett has not yet made the accusation publicly, and he did not appear to hint at it immediately after the scrum.
Players on both the Browns and Steelers have said they did not hear Rudolph use a racial slur. Some wondered if there would have been microphones on the field that picked up what was said during the altercation, but apparently NFL Films did not have any players mic’d up for the game.
Garrett is now suspended for the remainder of the 2019 regular season and playoffs if the Browns were to make it that far. He will need to meet with the NFL at some point before he can be reinstated.