Myles Garrett Claims Once Again That Mason Rudolph ‘Called Me A Stupid N-Word’ Before Brawl
After missing the final six games of the 2019 season due to suspension, Myles Garrett found himself being reinstated this week to continue going forward in his career.
Before he moves forward, however, he still wanted to dive back into the insane brawl where he ripped off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it during a “Monday Night Football” game back on Nov. 14th.
Days later, Garrett would claim that Rudolph directed a racial slur at him. He is now doubling down on that claim.
Myles Garrett told ESPN’s Mina Kimes during an interview for Outside The Lines that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a “stupid N-word” near the end of the Browns’ 21-7 win.
“When he said it, it kind of sparked something, but I still tried to let it go and still walk away. But once he came back, it kind of reignited the situation. And not only have you escalated things past what they needed to be with such little time in the game left, now you’re trying to re-engage and start a fight again. It’s definitely not entirely his fault, it’s definitely both parties doing something that we shouldn’t have been doing.
“I don’t say the N-word, whether it’s with ‘a’ [or] ‘er.’ To me personally, just shouldn’t be said, and whether it’s by family, friends, anyone. I don’t want to use it because I don’t want [people to] find that appropriate around me for anyone to use.”
Garrett stated he never intended for the accusation to become public. He released a statement after his appeal:
“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. 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 has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”
The entire Garrett interview will air in its entirety on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.