Here's the full play. Myles Garrett hit Rudolph with his own helmet. Maurkice Pouncey (#53) threw punches and a kick. pic.twitter.com/kzJDd4Hj53— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 15, 2019
Myles Garrett not only appealed the NFL’s indefinite suspension, he added racial fuel to the already ugly fire. During Garrett’s suspension appeal, he claimed Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (who is white) used a “racial slur” before he tore his helmet off and used it as an attacking weapon. Via ESPN.com.
Steelers QB Mason Rudolph immediately denied Garrett’s allegations about using a racial slur.
“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” said Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten. “He will not discuss this accusation any further, and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Rudolph, the Steelers organization and his teammates (most are black) insist he said absolutely nothing racial to Garrett to provoke such an ugly act of primal violence. The QB’s attorney, Timothy M. Younger, released a statement claiming Garrett is an outright liar, who is trying to deflect from his disgusting actions he displayed on November 14th. Via Breitbart.com.
.@WhitlockJason isn’t buying that Mason Rudolph called Myles Garrett a racial slur— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) November 21, 2019
"I’m sick and tired of the Jussie Smollett’s, the Colin Kaepernick’s, the Myles Garrett’s... The guys working out their identity issues through racial race carding." pic.twitter.com/zQtgjYfcuz
“According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. This is a lie,” Rudolph’s lawyer said. “This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.”
“The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity, which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment,” Timothy Younger concluded.
In an appeal with the NFL, Browns’ DE Myles Garrett alleged that Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur prior to last week's brawl on Thursday Night Football, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and me, an accusation the Steelers’ QB strongly denies.https://t.co/NUQfAJdo6B— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 21, 2019
Garrett’s accusations against Rudolph comes almost a week after the incident, and more importantly a week after Garrett’s public apology to the NFL, the Browns/Steelers organizations, his teammates and specifically Mason Rudolph.
The Browns superstar DE wasn’t the only player to be suspended after the brawl, two other players were also handed shorter suspensions. The Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was slapped with a one game suspension for shoving Rudolph after the play was over. And Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was handed a three game suspension for punching and kicking Garrett in his QB's defense. Via Breitbart.com.
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