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Sports Why Myles Garrett's accusation against Mason Rudolph doesn't hold water

19:10  22 november  2019
19:10  22 november  2019 Source:   touchdownwire.usatoday.com

Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly'

  Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly' Steelers' Rudolph calls Garrett's helmet swing 'cowardly'"I thought it was pretty cowardly, pretty bush league," Rudolph told reporters postgame, according to ESPN's Brooke Pryor.

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Mason Rudolph is admitting he shouldn' t have tried ripping Myles Garrett ' s helmet off his head during last week's brawl but is adamant he didn' t say anything to Rudolph claims he said nothing. Mason Rudolph addressed the Thursday incident in a prepared statement and brief Q&A before walk through.

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During Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s appeal for the indefinite suspension handed down after he removed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and whacked him over the head with it at the end of Cleveland’s win over the Steelers on Nov. 14, Garrett testified that Rudolph used a racial slur against Garrett.

The NFL released a statement in which it said that there was no evidence of this.

“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten 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.”

Could Mason Rudolph consider legal action against Myles Garrett?

  Could Mason Rudolph consider legal action against Myles Garrett? Many people believe Garrett should be charged with a crime for his actions, which could easily be considered aggravated assault. That outcome seems unlikely.Not long after Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and smashed the quarterback in the head with it, Rudolph’s agent Tim Younger released a statement about the incident on Twitter. He seemed to imply that Rudolph could consider taking legal action against Garrett.

In his appeal hearing, Myles Garrett said Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur right before the two brawled. Does Rudolph have a case against Garrett for slander? Garrett ’ s denunciation was offered as a means of explaining why he would abruptly use Rudolph ’s helmet as a weapon and risk

Myles Garrett (95) and Mason Rudolph (2) confront each other during last Thursday’ s Steelers-Browns game. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has denied reports he used a racial slur prior to a brawl The NFL cares more about optics than actions in its fight against dirty play.

Timothy M. Younger, Rudolph’s attorney, said this in a statement: “According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. 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.”

Police not pursuing charges against Browns’ Myles Garrett

  Police not pursuing charges against Browns’ Myles Garrett Cleveland police say they are not investigating Browns player Myles Garrett for striking a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with a helmet. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (CHAWCH’) said Friday that police hadn’t received a complaint from Mason Rudolph. And a city spokeswoman says the prosecutor can’t comment because Rudolph hasn’t filed a complaint. Rudolph’s agent, Tim Younger, tells media outlets that no legal options “have been removed from the table.” Rudolph called Garrett’s actions “pretty cowardly.” Garrett pulled off Rudolph’s helmet during a melee at the end of Thursday night’s game in Cleveland and used it to strike him on the head.

Browns DE Myles Garrett reportedly accused Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur before their brawl in last week' s TNF game. Both the Steelers and Rudolph ' s attorney, Tim Younger, released statements on Thursday to deny the allegations against the quarterback.

Garrett ' s allegation was made during his appeal hearing with the NFL Wednesday, according to an ESPN report. Garrett received a lengthy suspension after Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) during last Thursday's game.

Garrett’s suspension was upheld, and he will not play through the rest of the 2019 season, however long that lasts for the 4-6 Browns. However, the reaction to Garrett’s claim was just getting started.

“I just don’t see Myles as someone who would lie or do anything like that,” Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. “At this point, it is what it is. We’re all just kind of waiting and just hoping that justice is served.”

Jake Trotter, ESPN’s Browns reporter, asked Baker Mayfield and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson about the accusation.



Richardson’s response is especially interesting, as he was on the field when the incident happened, while Mayfield — who was obviously on the sideline — would have only hearsay evidence to go with.

Was Garrett trying to save his own skin, or is there something to this? I went back and looked at the play in question, and I have serious doubts. I think Rudolph did throw one particular expletive during the play, but it didn’t appear to be directed at Garrett.

As Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi pushes Rudolph to the ground, cursory lip-reading shows an expletive that starts with B. Not necessarily racial in nature, but also not something I’d want to hurl at the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Ogunjobi. That said, such language is not uncommon during a fracas on the field.

Going back to the progression of the actual play, we can see Garrett slamming Rudolph to the ground, Rudolph trying to pull Garrett’s helmet off, Garrett pulling Rudolph’s helmet off, offensive linemen Matt Feiler (No 71) and David DeCastro (No. 66) coming in to intervene, and referee Clete Blakeman coming in to break the fight up and throw the flag. Unless Rudolph used this slur while he was trying to pull Garrett’s helmet off, Blakeman likely would have heard it, and there’s no way an NFL referee would have let that slide.

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Then, we have the post-fight hangout, where Rudolph (No. 2) is standing alone on the field, and Browns defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence (No. 99) getting Garrett off the field. Had anyone else heard Rudolph say something of that nature, one assumes there would be a line of players eager to discuss it with him.

There’s also the matter of Garrett not saying anything about this until his appeal hearing. In the modern news cycle, it’s difficult to imagine this story not getting out; especially considering the fact that if Garrett or one of his teammates had relayed it, it would have gone some distance in explaining (although not excusing) his actions.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Thursday that in making their determination, the league went though all available audio of the game, including miked-up players, and the reports officials file after each game. In the league’s determination, nothing was seen or heard to be a mitigating factor.

That’s not to say that Rudolph didn’t say something; the evidence we have is circumstantial. But based on what we know and what we can see, it’s difficult to believe.

Touchdown Wire editor Doug Farrar has also covered football for Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, the Washington Post, and Football Outsiders. His first book, “The Genius of Desperation,” a schematic history of professional football, was published by Triumph Books in 2018 and won the Professional Football Researchers Association’s Nelson Ross Award for “Outstanding recent achievement in pro football research and historiography.”

Report: Garrett accused Rudolph of hurling racial slur during appeal

  Report: Garrett accused Rudolph of hurling racial slur during appeal In his appeal of an indefinite suspension, Myles Garrett accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph of hurling a racial slur at him right before their brawl began on Thursday Night Football, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter. Rudolph told reporters Tuesday he never said anything to Garrett that would have set the Cleveland Browns defensive end off. "Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement.

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