Browns ownership: Myles Garrett’s actions were “completely unacceptable”

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The NFL has responded to late night’s inexcusable conduct from Browns defensive end Myles Garrett by suspending him for the rest of 2019, at a minimum. The Browns have responded by issuing a strongly-worded statement.

“We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game,” Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said. “There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization. We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”

If they truly believed that his actions were “completely unacceptable,” Garrett would have been cut today — in the same manner that they cut receiver Antonio Callaway on Thursday for his latest violation of the substance-abuse policy. But Garrett is highly skilled, and those skills will buy Garrett a second chance, no matter how unacceptable his behavior was or is.

As always, excuses are made for the stars, and examples are made for the scrubs. For the Browns, both instances have played out in less than 24 hours.

100 responses to “Browns ownership: Myles Garrett’s actions were “completely unacceptable”

  1. Funny how the Browns instantly owned up to this while the Steelers play the lying victims. “Blacked out”? Uh…I don’t think so. “Don’t what to get into what started it?” Of course you don’t.

  2. Florio, they aren’t going to cut a #1 pick that actually produces on the field (whenever he isn’t acting like an idiot.) They’re hoping that at best he’s only suspended for the rest of the year.

  3. Not a Browns fan….but…
    Cut him on one incident? Nah.
    Let the process take care of it and hopefully he learns.
    Dude is about to lose a ton of cash.

  4. Their players are trash, coaches are trash, uniforms are trash, owner is trash. Fold the operation again, give St Louis a team.

  5. I don’t see the Browns making any excuses. Where are the excuses? Garrett is going to get a long suspension so he will be punished. Why should the Browns cut a good player who would instantly be signed by another team? Teams decide if the talent is worth the problems and if it isn’t, the player is gone. It’s the same way in every walk of life so don’t pretend the Browns are frauds for not immediately cutting the guy.

  6. “As always, excuses are made for the stars, and examples are made for the scrubs. For the Browns, both instances have played out in less than 24 hours.”

    That said… Why cut him, knowing full well some team will jump at the opportunity to grab him? Even potentially division rivals. (except Steelers)LOL

  7. Aside from Myles (no excuse), the Steelers got punched in the mouth the same way they’ve been doing it to Cleveland for the last several years.

  8. I wonder if the steelers are going to issue an apology as well- WHO STARTED IT!!!! Maybe the guy who kept giving the browns the ball.

  9. If ownership really felt embarrassed by this then they would have fired their coach this morning, because he represents ownership and the team, and we’ve all seen how this clown carries himself. Say what you want about the Patriots Belichick would have suspended Garrett himself right after the game, and he would have apologized immediately, but that’s not how the Browns roll the proof is right there for everyone to see

  10. Yes it was. As a sidenote the additional suspensions should be at least 2 games, the Browns and Steelers play again in 2 weeks. The NFL needs to throughly and completely police that game, both teams and the stadium. Anybody here remember the events that led up to the infamous Ten Cent Beer Night? The two teams fought a week beforehand. I don’t think something like that would happen in this instance. But potentially angry fans and alcohol don’t mix well. The NFL needs to control the game in two weeks.

  11. One and done? Seems harsh. No excuse for losing his cool, but Rudolph should be punished for trying to rip off Garrett’s helmet. His post game comments and attitude about the incident left alot to be desired. He came across like a smirking punk who did nothing wrong.

  12. Peculiar how not a word has been said about the blindsided cheap shot Larry Ogunjobi laid on a helmetless and unsuspecting Mason Rudolph. Let’s hope justice eventually prevails.

  13. watchfullhose says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:25 pm
    If the browns were to cut Garrett today, every singe NFL team would make a waiver claim on him – including the Steelers.
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    Don’t know about the Steelers. LOL

  14. I wonder on the side how much of the suspended without pay really happens. I got to believe they have ways of funneling money to these guys. I know they make plenty but they also lose plenty for a long time and I gotta think the team makes up for some of this and everyone looks the other way.

  15. He ought to be suspended for a long long time, however, there is no reason for the Browns to cut the guy, because while he’s suspended, he’s not playing and he’s not being paid.

  16. Ok. Browns have accepted responsibility and apologized. Myles Garrett deserves everything coming to him.
    What are the Steelers going to say about the actions of Mason Rudolph throughout this whole mess? Why does he get off without a comment about his actions? How is he able to look like a choir boy in all this?

  17. ogerdodger99 says:

    Florio, they aren’t going to cut a #1 pick that actually produces on the field (whenever he isn’t acting like an idiot.) They’re hoping that at best he’s only suspended for the rest of the year.
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    With the NFL its probably rest of the year or three games whichever occur first. These things always seem to change and ya browns arent dropping there best pass rusher

  18. Wow, I’m actually in agreeable with something Florio said. To me, this is not a skirmish, this is assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

    What if the hard side of the helmet struck him and caved in his skull? NFL ban for life and have it turned over to the DA’s office.

    He could have killed him.

  19. They aren’t going to cut him anymore than any team would cut a talented player. The Steelers put up with AB’s (non-violent) antics until they couldn’t, and then you had the Raiders take a chance, and ultimately the Patriots. The last two, fully aware of all the baggage that came along with the talent. Talent is intoxicating, ALL teams are willing to put up with a certain degree of nonsense from the extremely talented players. Maybe it isn’t right, but it’s a fact, not fiction.

    I’m a Steelers’ fan, and I say let the league dictate the punishments, for all involved. No appeals, no nothing, each person should take their lumps and learn. If they can’t comprehend the gravity of the situation, and continue these types of actions, then let’s talk about booting them from the league.

  20. If we’ve learned anything from Kyle Turley, it’s that you always throw the opposing player’s helmet across the field in frustration, you don’t hit him with it.

  21. Of course the Browns organization finds Garrett’s conduct “unacceptable”. It only became unacceptable AFTER the NFL decided to suspend Garrett indefinitely.

    Had the front office an ounce of courage, they would have suspended Garrett prior to the NFL taking action.

  22. Garrett would be a perfect fit with the Steelers or Ravens. Both teams Coach Dirty play and any illegal hits they can get away with. Do it on every play because the refs can’t call everything.

  23. Mike, you do remember the NFLPA exists right? They would have a field day against the Browns if Garrett got cut. Also, there’s the whole cap issue with his contract being guaranteed until the suspension.

  24. mikemcarthy says:

    Dude is about to lose a ton of cash.

    Yup…about $1.2M. Maybe that’ll get his attention.

    I think the idea of cutting him is ridiculous. Calloway was cut for suspensions and being late and a bunch of other things. Garrett will get his lengthy suspension and any further actions in games will subject him to more suspensions like what the league did to Burfict. Yup, Garrett will now be mentioned in the same breath as Burfict. Well-deserved. I don’t know any way you can rationalize his behavior. What he did was reckless and dangerous–potentially deadly. There’s no defending that.

  25. Garrett leads the league in late hits so it’s not a one-time thing. This is a pattern of behavior that finally boiled over.

  26. I find it really troubling that Mason Rudolph’s role in this whole debacle has been downplayed, while Miles Garrett gets vilified.

  27. Haslams are scam artists the bought the Browns to scam the fans out of money when their Pilot FlyingJ scam fell apart. Don’t believe a word that ever comes out of their mouths.

  28. Not that it really matters but what the heck did Rudolph say or do that made you lose it like that? You won the game. You pulled the upset. What happened!?!?!

  29. Garrett’s comments after the game showed he didn’t seem to realize how bad what he did was. If the Browns ownership is serious about what they’re saying they should think about cutting or trading him, because if he comes back and still makes late hits, they’re gonna look like they condone it. He already is going to have that dirty reputation for the rest of his career

  30. This the problem of the NFL and its owners today. No amount of ability should take president over the game its self and the image of the NFL and individual organizations.

  31. phillyphever says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    Mike, you do remember the NFLPA exists right? They would have a field day against the Browns if Garrett got cut. Also, there’s the whole cap issue with his contract being guaranteed until the suspension.
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    Conduct detrimental to the team. Nothing the NFLPA can say or do about that. The only reason he won’t be cut is because he is a talent. If this was a 3rd string LB, they’d be gone already.

  32. What’s amazing is how the entire culture of the Brownies has done a 180. They used to be unsuccessful, but were always classy about it. Now they’re somewhat better, but have turned into jerks.

  33. I’d love to know how some of the mouthbreathers on here think that Rudolph started it when Garrett drug him to the ground after he’d thrown the ball and the play (for them) and the game for that matter, was over.

  34. gimmeabruschi says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm
    Much todo about nothing. Boys will be boys.

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    You can’t be serious…..

    You can’t say things like that and expect to be taken seriously…

  35. I saw Garrett in a game early in the year, and immediately thought of him when Burfict was finally suspended. What a moron – he should have learned the lesson when Burfict was suspended for the year.

  36. I’ve watched a lot of Browns/Steelers games in my life and I have to say this is probably the 25th most violent one I’ve ever seen.

    Seems like the rest of the world just found out these two teams are actually rivals and didn’t know they have a long history of in game violence with the Browns usually on the losing side of it.

    Also the commentators were so annoying with their overdramatics. Rudolph got hit with the padded side of the helmet and barely flinched but listening to Buck and Aikman they acted like he got run over by a truck. Then they want to act like there has never been a fight in football ever before. I literally watched Mike Walden with his helmet on headbutt a Titans player without a helmet before. Heck I saw Damarius Randall get ejected for a harder hit earlier in the SAME GAME.

    Gotta say I’m starting to get why the NFL has so many rules seeing the reaction to what would have been considered a spirited game back in the day.

  37. Suspended for the season ? cut him ?, throw him out of the league ?
    Garrett hit him with his helmet. Could have given him a concussion, possibly knocked him out and should be suspended.
    Watch the video of what Gronk did to Tre’White last year.
    Gronk jumped onto a defenseless, face down player who was out of bounds piledriving his neck and head into the ground with his elbow. He could have broke White’s neck and crippled him.
    Gronk received a one game suspension. Is this the NFLs idea of Equal Justice ?

  38. I love people saying “Well he started it” so…

    So if someone pulls on someone’s facemask on the field, that gives the other person the ok to take a helmet and smash them on the head?
    I think the “he started it” excuse ends when you turn 6.

  39. There will be more dirty plays when he comes off of his suspension. The smart thing for the Browns to do is trade him for a high draft pick. Dallas will give at least a 1st. You cant cut him, he is worth too much.

  40. orthomarine says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, I’m actually in agreeable with something Florio said. To me, this is not a skirmish, this is assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

    What if the hard side of the helmet struck him and caved in his skull? NFL ban for life and have it turned over to the DA’s office.

    He could have killed him.

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    So punish him even more for what he could’ve done instead of what actually happened. Do you think Mason Rudolph was a innocent victim throughout this too?

  41. Talent always trumps everything. Why do you think Josh Gordon keeps getting chance after chance after chance, despite his long and well-documented violations of substance abuse policies? If you have talent, you can do almost anything and still get another opportunity. Garrett’s actions were reprehensible (and possibly criminal), but he will be back on the field eventually because talent trumps everything. It always has and always will.

  42. I am still amazed that Pouncey is getting 3 games. What happened on the field was an assault – and a man that size already went after a helmet less player is crazy. Pouncey kicking him is a way to keep him down, and to make sure he doesn’t try to mame or kill anyone else on the field.

  43. If they truly believed that his actions were “completely unacceptable,” Garrett would have been cut today

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    Unacceptable and unforgivable aren’t the same thing. Do you think that Garrett should never play again for that incident? I don’t. I think he should serve whatever punishment is deemed suitable and then be evaluated for a second chance based on his actions during the suspension and based on his level of understanding of what he did wrong. Even if it was deemed criminal, that is how most other players have been treated in the league. Michael Vick as one example.

  44. whodatalien says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    watched the fight a few times, is the QB gonna get any blame for this? seems like he actually started this fight

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    If Rudolph did what he did and Garrett got up and pushed him it would have been offsetting penalties. Instead Garrett committed a criminal act in response. Doesn’t matter what Rudolph did, Garrett can’t do that.

  45. This just in, Browns cut Myles Garrett. Supplemental story, Chiefs sign Myles Garret completing the Kareem Hunt for Myles Garrett trade.

  46. The Browns are the saddest franchise in professional sports. The more they talk, the deeper they sink into the quicksand.

  47. Kareem Hunt is employed.
    Tyreek Hill is employed.

    Could we start with those guys and lifetime bans before we go down the route of “never play again” for Miles Garrett?

  48. I’m no Browns fan but isn’t this his first incident? Seems like he’s been a pretty good person outside of this as far as I know. Cutting him seems extreme to me.

  49. steelcurtainn says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Garrett’s trash. The guy could have hurt someone bad. The steelers played their worse game offensively of the year and somehow the browns still lost.


    I don’t know if you noticed the scoreboard but no the Browns did not lose. They won. And they beat the Steelers. Handily. Myles Garrett does not represent the whole team, not when he goes off the rails like that. This is not a Browns problem. It is a MG problem.

  50. Skolirish says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Their players are trash, coaches are trash, uniforms are trash, owner is trash. Fold the operation again, give St Louis a team.

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    St Louis? The city that has lost Two NFL teams already ? They’re the LA of the midwest

  51. steelcurtainn says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Garrett’s trash. The guy could have hurt someone bad. The steelers played their worse game offensively of the year and somehow the browns still lost.

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    The Browns beat the Steelers like a drum

  52. itsnotcheese2934 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    Skolirish says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Their players are trash, coaches are trash, uniforms are trash, owner is trash. Fold the operation again, give St Louis a team.

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    St Louis? The city that has lost Two NFL teams already ? They’re the LA of the midwest
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    Let us not forget that Cleveland has lost two teams also, the Rams(YES the Rams were originally a Cleveland team founded in 1936 and moved in 1946) and the Ravens(former Browns)!

  53. Lol. C’mon Florio, “completely unacceptable” does not equate to cutting him. We all think that of the incident including you but are you really going to say you’d have cut him?!?? No chance. Get off the moral high horse. He crossed the line, fortunately Rudolph wasn’t hurt and Garrett will pay dearly for it. That’s enough.

  54. If his actions are completely unacceptable, the team should advise Garrett not to appeal the suspension.

  55. So they wait until AFTER they find out he’s suspended to take such a stand? How bold and courageous of them. Losers.

  56. As a Ravens fan its sad to watch the division implode. From the Steelers losing the killer B’s to the Bengal firing Marvin Lewis, to Mayfield doing commercials during the off season instead of working with his receivers. I feel sorry for the Browns fans.

  57. From the Steelers losing the killer B’s to the Bengal firing Marvin Lewis, to Mayfield doing commercials during the off season instead of working with his receivers. I feel sorry for the Browns fans.

  58. Browns players and management didn’t have Miles back, I hope he doesn’t return their phone calls for the entire length of his suspension, let them sit there and realize they just alienated their best player.

  59. Please stop with this. BB signed Haynesworth after he literally stomped on someone’s face. Garrett did something stupid and he will pay a steep price.

    lizzyisnoindian says:

    November 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    If ownership really felt embarrassed by this then they would have fired their coach this morning, because he represents ownership and the team, and we’ve all seen how this clown carries himself. Say what you want about the Patriots Belichick would have suspended Garrett himself right after the game, and he would have apologized immediately, but that’s not how the Browns roll the proof is right there for everyone to see

  60. Can you imagine how quickly Garrett would be picked up if the Browns were dumb enough to cut him? Heck the Steelers would be filing a waiver claim!

  61. How awesome would it be if no one was suspended and we got to watch these teams go at it again in a couple weeks?

  62. Antonio Calloway has been given previous chances. As you said he was cut after his latest violation, not his first violation. Garrett’s action, no matter how wrong we’re not unprovoked. Rudolph was the initial aggressor when he tried to pull off Garrett’s helmet. When Garrett was being restrained it could be argued that Rudolph went after him again and that was when Garrett escalated the violence unreasonably. Mason Rudolph’s hands were not clean in this incident and he had an opportunity to de-escalate the incident by walking away and he chose to go after Garrett. Again Garrett was wrong but let’s not pretend Rudolph was an innocent victim.

  63. We all bemoan the “wussification” of the league, but then when a guy is full of competitive fire and lets it show, suddenly everyone is clutching their pearls.

    Can’t have it both ways.

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