John Dorsey: Myles Garrett made accusation against Mason Rudolph postgame

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2020

And on Monday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared on ESPN's First Take to defend his quarterback.

Monday, Tomlin, who usually keeps his comments close to the vest, came out much stronger in support of Rudolph during an interview on ESPN's First Take.

It was great to see Tomlin break the whole incident down and why he doesn't buy Garrett's story. And from what I've heard, there have been audio during that game that could have heard something or could not have heard something, but they don't want to say.

"To be quite honest with you, we were hacked off at what we saw this weekend".

He noted that his appearance was not to attack Garrett, but to stand up for Rudolph. If Mason said what Myles claimed, it would have come out during the many interactions I had with those in the Browns organization.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said back in November that the league "found no such evidence" against Rudolph when the issue was investigated after Garrett made the initial allegation about a racial slur being used last fall.

"I don't say the N-word, whether it's with "a" [or] 'er.' To me, personally, [it] just shouldn't be said, whether it's by family, friends, anyone", Garrett told Kimes. "He got fined $50,000 for essentially getting beat up. Obviously he was an active participant in the altercation, but a lot of the things that have gone on beyond that, I struggle with". "I received no indication of anything racial or anything of that nature in those interactions". "His reputation has been tarnished because of the allegations, none of which have been founded". The Steelers quarterback repeatedly has denied the allegation, most recently in a Saturday statement.

In text messages to the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich, Dorsey reportedly backed up Garrett's assertion that he told the executive, coaches and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi that Rudolph used the slur immediately after the brawl, writing "it's the truth". "Garrett, after originally apologizing to Mason Rudolph, has made the ill-advised choice of publishing the belated and false allegation that Mr. Rudolph uttered a racial slur on the night in question".

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. Despite other players and the referee being in the immediate vicinity, there are zero corroborating witnesses - as confirmed by the NFL. "He is now exposed to legal liability". "Bold-Faced Lie", and the QB's agent released a statement suggesting legal action could be taken against Garrett.

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