Myles Garrett accuses Mason Rudolph of using racial slur

NFL says they found no evidence of Garrett’s claim

Daryl Ruiter
November 21, 2019 - 4:45 pm
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Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Myles Garrett has accused Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur, which led to his violent reaction last Thursday night.

ESPN reported Thursday afternoon that Garrett made the allegation during his appeal hearing with James Thrash on Wednesday in New York City.

Garrett released a statement Thursday evening on his verified Twitter account confirming the allegation while expressing disappointment that what he told Thrash in his hearing became public. 

“I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension,” Garrett said. “This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed.

“I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this had had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett’s claim and found no evidence to support it.  

On his coaches show, which aired on 92.3 The Fan Thursday night, head coach Freddie Kitchens backed Garrett.

“I have the same sentiments. I don’t question Myles’ character at all,” Kitchens said. “The type of person he is. He’s never wavered with his character. I’ll always support Myles Garrett without wavering one bit just like the organization.”

Garrett, who lost is appeal of an indefinite suspension Thursday, had unwavering support from within the Browns locker room Thursday, although every player spoken too had yet to hear about it.

“I just don’t see Myles as someone who would lie or do anything like that,” receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Thursday afternoon.

The allegation didn’t surprise defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

“I didn't know nothing about it, nah,” defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. “I wouldn't doubt it, though. Had to be something to get him out of his body.”

Safety Damarious Randall, who was ejected in the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers rookie receiver Diontae Johnson, believes something triggered Garrett.

“Whenever I saw his reaction, that was definitely out of his character, so it was obvious it had to be something really, really dramatic, really, really out of the way for him to act like that,” Randall said. “That’s why I always looked at it when I first heard all the reports about him hitting, I was like, there’s going to definitely be more to the story. And I had no idea what was going on. That’s just me knowing life. People don’t just react like that for no reason.”

Richardson feels Rudolph provoked Garrett – slur or not – and got what he had coming to him.

“Dude grabbing at my facemask and underneath my facemask and grabbing at my Johnson and stuff like that, definitely,” Richardson said. “Definitely. An ass-kicking was coming, it's just that simple. You're trying hurt me, I'm hurting you. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Every[one’s] deaf, dumb and blind at the end of the day, so that's the way you want to go, we can take it that way.”

Richardson acknowledged Garrett crossed the line by hitting Rudolph in the head with his helmet, but is dismayed Rudolph wasn’t suspended by the league.

“A suspension is definitely there [for Garrett]. S*** happened, you know what I mean?,” Richardson said. “He did go overboard with the helmet. I’m not saying it’s not overboard, but by all means, man, make it fair. [Rudolph] should be suspended too. I don’t know indefinitely but Mason should be suspended too. It’s just that simple.”

Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi also lost his appeal of a 1-game ban for shoving Rudolph in the back while Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey had his 3-game suspension reduced to 2.