Suspended Garrett in ‘shameful’ race claim against Rudolph

Suspended Garrett in ‘shameful’ race claim against Rudolph
Cleveland Browns’ Myles Garrett pulls off Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mason Rudolph’s helmet and strikes him with it. (AFP)
Updated 22 November 2019

Suspended Garrett in ‘shameful’ race claim against Rudolph

Suspended Garrett in ‘shameful’ race claim against Rudolph
  • Garrett made the claim — strongly denied by representatives for Rudolph and the Steelers — during an NFL appeal against his record suspension
  • Garrett was banned for at least the remainder of the season after ripping off Rudolph’s helmet during an on-pitch brawl and hitting the Steelers quarterback in the head with it

LOS ANGELES: Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett claimed Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur against him before his wild helmet-swinging attack on the Steelers player, ESPN reported on Thursday.
Garrett made the claim — strongly denied by representatives for Rudolph and the Steelers — during an NFL appeal against his record suspension on Wednesday, ESPN reported.
Garrett was banned for at least the remainder of the season after ripping off Rudolph’s helmet during an on-pitch brawl and hitting the Steelers quarterback in the head with it.
“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” the Steelers said in a statement.
“He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Rudolph’s attorney Timothy Younger said the allegation of racism by Garrett was a “desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension” and questioned why the Cleveland player had not raised it before his appeal.
“This is a lie,” Younger said in a statement. “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.”
Garrett’s attack on Rudolph shocked the NFL and prompted league chiefs to hand the Browns player the longest ban in the history of the sport for a single on-field incident.
In a statement issued after the league’s suspension was announced last Friday, Garrett apologized to Rudolph and said his conduct had been “unacceptable.”
“I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable.
“I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”