Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the season and postseason for assaulting Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph with his helmet. Myles Garrett also has to meet with the commissioner’s office before he can be reinstated.
It was an ugly brawl that involved players from both teams and ended up resulting in suspensions and fines all over the place.
Browns player Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey were also suspended and fined. Ogunbjobi received a one-game ban without pay and an undisclosed fine for shoving Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph out of nowhere! Pouncy received a three-game suspension and was fined an undisclosed amount for “fighting, including punching and kicking an opponent.” Mason Rudolph has also been fined an undisclosed amount.
The NFL said more suspensions resulting from the incident are coming.
The league also fined the Browns and the Steelers $250,000 each over the incident.
Browns team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam issued a statement Friday on Garrett:
“We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game,” the statement said. “There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization. We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”
I happen to be a die hard Cleveland Browns fan and I watched this take place on live TV. Myles Garrett was playing his position and brought Rudolph down to the ground. 8 seconds were remaining on the clock and the Browns were up by 2 touchdowns. The hit on Rudolph was NOT dirty but it was unnecessary. Rudolph being frustrated with being sacked left and right and not being able to convert got upset, went at Garrett first! He attempted to rip his helmet off and kicked him in the groin. That resulted in Garrett getting fired up, going after him and the helmet incident happened shortly after.
Under NO circumstances am I making an excuse for Myles Garrett. He should be suspended and his punishment is fair. However, Mason Rudolph instigated this incident. He is also to blame and in my opinion should be suspended for at least a game in addition to the fine. Here’s the scenario I laid out there:
Can we please re-evaluate the punishment for Rudolph? While Garrett’s actions were inexcusable, I can imagine the thoughts running through his head while he’s getting his helmet ripped off and kicked in the groin by a backup quarterback on national TV. You have to control your composure. You really hurt this team. Not to mention, no one is talking about the impressive win we pulled off against a team we hadn’t beat in five years. Disgusted.
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