After an altercation that left Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely and left Mason Rudolph to pay a heavy fine, Garrett is now alleging that Rudolph called him a racial slur during the battle.
Last Thursday within the last few seconds of the Browns 21-7 defeat against the Steelers, Garrett removed Rudolph’s helmet and slammed it over his head.
Now in an attempt to appeal his suspension, Garrett declared Rudolph used a slur and left appeals officer James Thrash “stoic,” sources revealed.
When asked how he would react to a similar situation in the future, Garrett insisted that he “would not let events escalate like that again,” according to ESPN.
After making these allegations, Rudolph’s attorney Timothy M. Younger refuted the claims in a statement saying, “This is a lie. 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,” Younger said.
Burt Lauten, a spokesman for the Steelers denied the allegations as well, “Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland. He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals,” he added.
Prior to the appeal, according to ESPN, Garrett informed members of the Browns organization that he would share “sensitive information” during his appeal.
Many of Garrett’s teammates said Thursday they were unaware of his accusations. However, wide receiver #OdellBeckhamJr stated that he believed his colleague saying, “I just don’t see Myles as someone who would lie or do anything like that. At this point it is what it is. We’re just all kind of waiting and just hoping that justice is served.”
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens decided to keep his conversations with Garrett private saying, “What Myles and I talk about stays between Myles and I. I’m sure Myles presented himself professionally, like he’s done ever since the moment it happened [and] afterward. He’s been nothing but professional in his responses. I’ll stand by Myles and that will not waver.”
In the meantime, Rudolph has since apologized in his involvement in the incident, denying doing or saying anything “immediately preceding Garrett hitting him with the helmet.”
“I consider it a privilege, not a right to be part of the NFL. To be part of a first class organization… and I fell short on that expectation last Thursday night,” Rudolph told the reporters.
Since the appeal, Garrett suspension for the remainder of the season has been upheld, while #MaurkicePouncey’s, the Steeler who acquired a three-game suspension due to punching and kicking Garrett, has been reduced to two. #LarryOgunjobi defensive tackle for the Brown was suspended for one game due to pushing Rudolph’s back, and his punishment was also upheld.
While Rudolph is going to only be fined and not suspended ESPN reports that he will “comply with whatever the league hands out.”