Mason Rudolph could have been severely injured after he was hit in the head with a helmet by Myles Garrett last week, but that isn’t stopping Cleveland Browns fans from celebrating the incident and making light of it.
During their tailgate prior to Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, a group of Browns fans took turns swinging a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet at a piñata that depicted Rudolph. Here’s a video:
Many people have been skeptical of Myles Garrett’s claim that Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur in part because the accusation did not come out until a week after the two players got into an altercation, but apparently Garrett first brought it up immediately after the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday that he knew about Garrett’s allegation the night of the game. He said the Browns were aware of it on Friday, and that was one of the reasons the team did not grant Garrett permission to sit down for an interview with Glazer last weekend. You can see the relevant portion of the report at the 42-second mark below:
“The Browns, I think, were very nervous that he was going to reveal this in the interview with me on Sunday,” Glazer said. “Just talking to Myles, I was trying to get out of him whether or not he would confirm it for me. I got the sense that he wasn’t going to and didn’t want it out publicly because it would be bad for the league. He just thought it was going to be confidential inside of that appeals process.”
If Garrett truly did hear or believed he heard Rudolph use a racial slur, it is shocking that he was so determined to keep it under wraps in the best interest of the NFL. The Browns star was immediately painted as a villain for the way he bashed Rudolph in the head with a helmet, and that would have helped explain why he lost his cool. Also, why would the Browns force their player to keep quiet after he was a victim of racism? That seems like the type of demand or request that could potentially ruin the relationship between a team and star player.
Some will still feel that this discipline for Rudolph is not significant enough and that he deserves more. Others will feel this is fair.
The fight fallout took a new direction this week after Garrett, during his appeal hearing, accused Rudolph of using a racial slur during their fight. Garrett’s appeal was denied, meaning the defensive lineman is still suspended indefinitely. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey had his suspension reduced from three to two games.
The NFL has said they found no evidence of a racial slur being used by Mason Rudolph before or during his fight with Myles Garrett last week, but there was no recorded audio from the incident. Instead, the league relied on cameras from the live broadcast and the game official’s recollection of what happened.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the NFL based its conclusion in part on camera angles of the altercation between Rudolph and Garrett. While interior offensive linemen wear microphones so the quarterback’s calls can be heard to enhance the broadcast, that audio is apparently used as needed during the broadcast and not recorded for later use. There was also no clear audio available from any of the FOX Sports cameras that captured the incident.
It’s unclear how camera angles without audio would help the NFL determine whether or not Rudolph used a racial slur, but Cabot also reports that league officials spoke with referee Clete Blakeman, who was in close proximity to the fight. Blakeman said he did not hear a racial slur. Blakeman didn’t appear to be all that close to Garrett and Rudolph when they first tangled up, though he was right in the mix by the time Garrett hit Rudolph over the head with a helmet.
“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. 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,” Garrett said.
“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.”
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.”
Myles Garrett has accused Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur during last week’s ugly altercation between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, but it may be difficult to find evidence that shows exactly what was said.
Garrett met with the NFL on Wednesday to appeal his indefinite suspension, and he told league officials that he lost his cool after Rudolph called him a racial slur. That immediately left some wondering if any players might have been wearing microphones during the game. Timothy Burke, who is an audio/video expert formerly of Deadspin, reports that no individual players were mic’ed up for the Thursday night showdown.
am hearing from two people who would know that NFL films did not mic up any players for this particular game, so ignore this (NFL Films mmmmay have exaggerated in the past their audio coverage of each regular season game)
There was a thought that the NFL would be able to check the audio from the game to determine what exactly it was that Rudolph said to Garrett. That may still be possible, but it won’t be as easy as it would have been if Rudolph, Garrett or another nearby player were wearing a microphone.
Players on both the Browns and Steelers have said they did not hear Rudolph use a racial slur. Garrett’s indefinite suspension has been upheld by the NFL, so the league either doesn’t believe Garrett or did not feel being called a racial slur would excuse his actions regardless.
If Myles Garrett is telling the truth about Mason Rudolph calling him a racial slur during the ugly fight that broke out last week, it does not appear the Cleveland Browns star is going to have any witnesses.
Garrett met with the NFL to appeal his indefinite suspension on Wednesday, and he reportedly told league officials that he lost his cool after Rudolph used racist language toward him. The quarterback has vehemently denied the allegation, and players from both the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers have said they did not hear anything racist.
Baker Mayfield and other Browns were asked on Thursday if they heard Rudolph use a racial slur. They said they did not hear it themselves or second-hand from anyone else on the team. Many said this was the first they had heard of the allegation.
Just asked Baker Mayfield about Garrett’s allegation that Rudolph used a racial slur and he seemed pretty stunned. Said wasn’t something he’d heard, including from anyone on the team, until I just asked him
I asked Browns DT Sheldon Richardson if Myles Garrett had ever told him what Garrett alleged about Rudolph in the hearing. Richardson said he hadn’t and said my question was the first he’d even heard about it.
Myles Garrett is now claiming that Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur prior to Garrett hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback over the head with a helmet last week, and Rudolph is vehemently denying the allegation.
Garrett had an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension with the NFL on Wednesday, and ESPN is reporting that he told officials he lost his cool because Rudolph used a racial slur. Immediately after the report came out, Rudolph’s attorney Tim Younger issued a statement calling the allegation “shameful” and a “desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension.”
Younger said the assertion that Rudolph used racist language is a worse assault than Garrett clubbing Rudolph in the head with a helmet. The Steelers also issued a statement denying the accusation on Rudolph’s behalf.
“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” team spokesman Burt Lauten said. “He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Garrett called his actions “embarrassing” after the fight last Thursday, but he said he was not going to comment on whether or not Rudolph said something that set him off. There was no indication from him or any other Browns player that Rudolph made a racist remark. You have to think Baker Mayfield and others on the Cleveland side would have had a much different take on the altercation if Rudolph said something racist.
Myles Garrett met with the NFL to appeal his indefinite suspension this week, and the Cleveland Browns defensive end reportedly told league officials that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur during the infamous fight that broke out last Thursday night.
Garrett made the allegation as part of his initial remarks during his appeal hearing in New York Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson. The Steelers issued a statement on Thursday saying Rudolph “vehemently denies” using a racial slur, and Rudolph’s attorney Tim Younger followed up with a separate statement on behalf of the quarterback. Younger called the claim an “assault on Mason’s integrity” and said it is far worse than Garrett clubbing Rudolph over the head with a helmet.
Garrett did not give any indication immediately after the fight that Rudolph had said something racist, and Rudolph reiterated on Wednesday that he did not say anything to provoke the defensive end. Baker Mayfield and the Browns were also highly critical of Garrett for his actions, which likely means he did not inform them of Rudolph using any racist language.
The NFL will likely speak with other players who were involved in the fight to see if Garrett’s story can be corroborated. People would obviously view the situation a lot differently if it is determined that Rudolph used a racial slur, but it’s unclear why Garrett is just now claiming that happened.