Myles Garrett still insists Steelers QB called him ‘N-word’ before brawl

Tanya Simon
February 16, 2020

Cleveland Browns defensive superstar Myles Garrett was reinstated by the National Football League this week after the indefinite suspension that resulted when he swung his helmet and hit the head of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph back in November. Garrett, who is black, said he was infuriated. In an incredibly ugly scene, Garrett attacked Steelers quarterback Myles Rudolph with his helmet. Rudolph took to social media to once again assert that he made no racial slur toward Garrett before Garrett yanked off Rudolph's helmet and assaulted him with it.

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Browns defensive end Myles Garrett are still feuding on what exactly transpired before a brawl between their two teams on November 14. In my conversations, I had a lot of expressions of sorrow for what transpired.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin also released a statement of support for Rudolph after Garrett doubled down on the allegations. "This is a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character", he said in a tweet.

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During an interview with ESPN, his first since being hit with a suspension after slugging Rudolph in the head with Rudolph's own helmet in the final seconds of a Browns win on November 14, Garrett said Rudolph called the defensive end "the N-word". "... His claim is ludicrous", said Younger. "I interacted with a lot of people in the Cleveland Browns organization - players and coaches", Tomlin said in the statement.

Now, possible legal action is back in play, according to Rudolph's agent, Tim Younger, saying the statements could be "defamatory". "I received no indication of anything racial or anything of that nature in those interactions". "There were guys who were mic'd up near me - near us - during that time who didn't hear anything". "And from what I've heard, there (might) have been audio during that game that could have heard something or could not have heard something, but they don't want to say". His six-game suspension was the longest for a single on-field act in league history, too. The spokesman added that linemen are mic'd up to amplify ambient sound but that the mics do not record and are shut off after the ball is snapped. He appealed the fine, but it was recently upheld, a source told ESPN. The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7. His words were venomous as he denied the allegations set against him.

Mina Kimes, who is conducting the interview, asked Garrett about what happened the night of the incident and Garrett started with my favorite response of the interview, "I didn't want to be out there". "I go to take him down, he says some words as we're going down".

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