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Sport Opinion: Garrett deserved suspension, but NFL should also discipline Rudolph

03:20  16 november  2019
03:20  16 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Freddie Kitchens: I’m embarrassed and Myles Garrett is embarrassed

  Freddie Kitchens: I’m embarrassed and Myles Garrett is embarrassed Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens did not in any way excuse the actions of defensive end Myles Garrett after Thursday night’s game. Kitchens said Garrett ripping off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and bashing him over the head with it is far out side the bounds of what the Browns will tolerate. “Of course that’s [more]Kitchens said Garrett ripping off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and bashing him over the head with it is far out side the bounds of what the Browns will tolerate.

But NFL should also discipline Mason Rudolph for his role in fight. Jarrett Bell. What about Mason Rudolph ? The NFL swiftly brought the hammer down on Myles Garrett and other key participants from the Brawl by the Lake on Thursday night in Cleveland, and there’s no argument with the severity of

Browns’ Myles Garrett could face unprecedented NFL suspension for helmet-swinging hit of Steelers quarterback. Garrett ’s startling actions on national TV will come with a price. It’s possible the league could come “I know we play a sport that’s violent, but it should never have gotten handled like that.

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What about Mason Rudolph?

The NFL swiftly brought the hammer down on Myles Garrett and other key participants from the Brawl by the Lake on Thursday night in Cleveland, and there’s no argument with the severity of the punishments.

Garrett, Cleveland’s star defensive end, is banned for at least the rest of the season for wielding Rudolph’s helmet as a weapon. He didn’t just cross the line. He obliterated it. Thankfully, it didn’t result in a cracked skull or even worse for the Steelers quarterback.

Maurkice Pouncey suspended three games

  Maurkice Pouncey suspended three games The NFL has handed out discipline to players involved in the fracas late in Thursday night’s Browns-Steelers game. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett drew the longest suspension for taking off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and bashing him in the head with it, but Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has also been suspended for his response [more]The NFL has handed out discipline to players involved in the fracas late in Thursday night’s Browns-Steelers game.

Myles Garrett Suspension : How It Stacks Up. The fight set the internet ablaze after the game, with opinions on the length of a suspension ranging from a The NFL has announced the punishment for Browns defensive end Myles Garrett , who swung a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph .

Myles Garrett was wrong and should be punished. Rudolph wasn't an innocent bystander. I'm not all that surprised that the league threw down an indefinite suspension for Myles Garrett , I am however shocked Mason Rudolph didn't even get one game.

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Maurkice Pouncey deserved the three-game suspension, too, for kicking Garrett. His assertion that he “blacked out” after seeing his quarterback attacked doesn’t cut it. He lost his cool and piled on. I mean, Rudolph was under siege all night by the Browns' pass rush (four sacks, 11 QB hits) and nobody blacked out.

And Browns D-tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s one-game suspension seems fair enough for shoving Rudolph to the turf as an additional indignation.

But let’s not pretend that Rudolph didn’t have a role in this that needs to be called out.

No, Rudolph didn’t deserve to be smacked in the head with his own helmet – even after his boneheaded decision to charge Garrett while not wearing a helmet as his teammate, guard David DeCastro, was defusing the situation by restraining Garrett.

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  Burfict rips Goodell, says suspension result of 'witch hunt' Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict weighed in on the brawl involving Myles Garrett and discussed his own suspension in an interview with The Athletic.One player who Garrett's name now appears alongside in the infamous record book is Vontaze Burfict, who was suspended the final three months of this season for a hit on the Colts' Jack Doyle in September.

Garrett ’s suspension is to cover at least the rest of this season and postseason. The ruling by the league comes on the day after the Browns’ defensive end struck Steelers quarterback Mason Browns’ Myles Garrett suspended indefinitely by the NFL for swinging helmet at Steelers QB.

Raiders will be watching Garrett ’s discipline closely. Right or wrong, they’re still pissed about Listen people. If he had caught Mason Rudolph the right way, he could have killed him or hurt him very The way the NFL disciplines is ambiguous and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Garrett gets a

The Steelers quarterback, though, should be disciplined for inflaming the matter. Replays showed rather clearly that after Garrett took him to the turf, Rudolph briefly tried to grasp the defensive end in the head and neck area and even attempted to remove Garrett’s helmet. It was after that when Garrett retaliated by yanking Rudolph’s helmet off, leading to the ugliest part of the incident.

The NFL, which has traditionally taken a hard-line stance against fighting – players who left the bench areas to join the fracas are subject to discipline, probably fines -- can see the video, too. It shows Rudolph seemingly kicking Garrett in the groin area.

So often the party that retaliates gets the worst end of the discipline. In this case, that’s fair, since Garrett basically assaulted Rudolph with a weapon. But Garrett’s punishment doesn’t totally absolve Rudolph, who helped ignite an on-field riot in a league that is violent enough.

Browns’ Garrett not yet set on appeal hearing for suspension

  Browns’ Garrett not yet set on appeal hearing for suspension BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has not yet scheduled the appeal for his indefinite NFL suspension for striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet. While Garrett's meeting with appeal officers isn't finalized, a league spokesman said Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi will have his one-game ban heard Monday.Ogunjobi was suspended for shoving Rudolph to the ground, escalating a wild brawl between the AFC North rivals that began with Garrett ripping off the QB's helmet, wildly swinging it and connecting with the top of his head. Rudolph was not seriously injured.

Garrett faces a stiff NFL suspension and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will likely be disciplined for kicking The guys who jumped into the scrum, I appreciate my team having my back, but it never should have Rudolph got his hand on Garrett ’s helmet first as the players grappled on the ground

After Garrett hit Rudolph , longtime Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey repeatedly punched Garrett in the head and eventually kicked him for good measure. There’s zero place in the NFL for what Garrett did and it should not be tolerated at all. Even his quarterback, Baker Mayfield, said as much after the

Asked after the game what sparked the incident, Rudolph said, “I got sacked, we exchanged some words, he kept keeping on and one thing led to another. You can go back and watch the tape if you want and make your own assumptions.”

Frown on fighting, NFL? Well, show just how much by sending a message that makes Rudolph accountable, too. He had a role in the shocking incident that stains the Shield. If not a minimal, Ogunjobi-like suspension, then he should be penalized with a fine.

Maybe that’s yet to happen as the league contemplates some of the remaining discipline that it has pledged. But he shouldn’t get off scot-free just because getting hit with his own helmet provided the shock-value image no one wants to see.

Why in the world would Rudolph charge after Garrett without his helmet?

“I felt like I had a bone to pick with him after what he did,” Rudolph said. “I wasn’t going to back down. I appreciate the offensive line always having my back and putting it to bed, but I was angry. I’m human.”

I’m wondering what he might have done if he had managed to rip Garrett's helmet off, rather than vice-versa. In any event, he readily admitted that even as stupid as it was to go after Garrett while not wearing a helmet, he charged on with his own ill-advised intentions in mind.

Myles Garrett should be careful what he wishes for

  Myles Garrett should be careful what he wishes for On Wednesday, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will have the appeal hearing on his indefinite suspension, resulting from removing the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him in the head with it. Garrett’s best argument comes from the notion that the rules don’t permit an indefinite suspension for on-field misconduct. And that’s apparently [more]On Wednesday, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will have the appeal hearing on his indefinite suspension, resulting from removing the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him in the head with it.

Rudolph ’s fingers wedged into the back of Garrett ’s helmet, presumably to try and remove it, which led to The NFL ’s structuring of their suspensions further demonstrates what they care about when The indefinite suspension is the second major crackdown the NFL has issued to try and root out dirty

The NFL quickly suspended Garrett for at least the final six games of the regular season as well as the postseason (the latter not really a concern since he plays for the Browns). “Good players make mistakes,” said former Carolina receiver Steve Smith, now an analyst for the NFL Network.

Rudolph came across as rather smug during his postgame news conference, when he blasted Garrett as a “coward” and deemed the actions as “bush league.” But he was honest enough to admit that he had “a bone to pick” with Garrett, which in layman’s terms means “fight.”

The NFL shouldn't turn a blind eye to that. Another shoe needs to drop.

DeCastro – who kept a cool head and tried to defuse the situation until Garrett swung the helmet – maintained that he wasn’t sure what started the incident.

It’s unclear whether Garrett knew Rudolph had already released a pass as he took him to the turf.

“Things got chippy at the end,” DeCastro told reporters. “He laid on him too long and Mason approached him. Who knows? You know what I mean? It was back and forth and all of a sudden, Mason’s helmet is off and getting swung at his head. I mean, that’s just reckless.”

Reckless sums it up, but in more ways than one.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Of course Myles Garrett deserved his suspension. But NFL should also discipline Mason Rudolph for his role in fight

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a group of football players on a field: Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with his own helmet as offensive guard David DeCastro (66) tries to stop Garrett during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019. 

Michael Vick: Myles Garrett botched Mason Rudolph accusation .
The former quarterback took issue with the timing of Garrett's allegation.Garrett’s allegations came during the NFL’s appeals process, days after the incident in question. The former No. 1 overall pick said nothing of the sort immediately following the game.

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