Newly-reinstated Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett maintains that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at him within the closing seconds of the groups’ Nov. 14 sport that resulted in an enormous brawl.
Garrett’s reiterated allegation is available in an ESPN Exterior the Traces interview he did with Mina Kimes that’s set to air later this week.
“He known as me the N-word,” Garrett mentioned of Rudolph. “He known as me a ‘silly N-word.’ “
Moments after the alleged slur, Garrett hit Rudolph over the top with the quarterback’s personal helmet as a tussle wildly escalated, a transfer that earned the primary general decide in 2017 an indefinite suspension.
Garrett had first leveled the accusation of Rudolph utilizing a racial slur throughout his appeals listening to in November. However the NFL mentioned it investigated the declare and mentioned they discovered no proof to substantiate the allegation.
Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his position within the brawl, although he vehemently denied Garrett’s accusation of utilizing a racial slur, going as far as to name it “a lie” in an announcement launched by his agent.
Within the ESPN interview, Garrett alleged once more that Rudolph used a slur and that partially led to the escalation of the brawl and helmet-swinging incident.
“When he mentioned it, it type of sparked one thing, however I nonetheless tried to let it go and nonetheless stroll away,” Garrett mentioned. “However as soon as he got here again, it type of reignited the scenario. And never solely have you ever escalated issues previous what they wanted to be with such little time within the sport left, now you’re making an attempt to re-engage and begin a struggle once more. It’s positively not completely his fault; it’s positively each events doing one thing that we shouldn’t have been doing.”
Garrett, who was reinstated Wednesday, was sidelined for the ultimate six video games of the 2019 season and forfeited $1,185,534.76 in missed sport checks and fines.