NFL fines teams 250k each, suspends others

AP

The league has announced other penalties from last night’s fight between the Browns and Steelers, in addition to the indefinite suspension of Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The league also announced that Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games, and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game, and both players would face further fines.

Pouncey said he “blacked out” while kicking Garrett on the ground after the swing, and he was immediately ejected from the game.

Ogunjobi was also ejected after shoving Rudolph to the ground.

The league also fined each team $250,000.

48 responses to “NFL fines teams 250k each, suspends others

  1. Garrett has been making late and dirty hits all season long, well deserved. Should not see the field again until next season

  2. $250k? That’s nothing for a NFL owner. That’s a pin prick…without any blood. The league isn’t serious about this situation. Myles Garret will get a heavy suspension and that’s it.

  3. Blacked out?? Give me a break, his actions showed bad character and now he doubles it with the inability to acknowledge the truth: He did it on purpose and knew exactly what he was doing.

  4. Steelers got away with another one. Even though both teams will be a player down for the rematch, this is a win for Rooney. Pouncey was losing the battle to Garrett anyway. That’s why he kicked him in the head so many times like the coward he is.

  5. Kitchens should be suspended as well, and Rudolph should also be suspended for 1 game for instigating it after he got up off the ground and charged into the melee

  6. I like how the league swoops in and shakes both teams down for a quarter mil each, not even 24 hours later. Like I’m sure they got it all figured out what happened and who’s responsible. This is the same outfit that takes months to investigate AB, Hunt, etc.

  7. Agree. Garrett suspension for balance of the season is appropriate. Rudolph wasnt an angel by a long shot. He must get a suspension as well. His action triggered the entire melee

  8. This is all appropriate. Now we need to hear about Rudolph’s suspension for kicking Garrett in the groin and trying to pull his helmet off, then charging him. Once that’s been announced, this will be settled.

  9. Rudolf gets off scott free? That’s pretty messed up. The Browns are a complete dumpster fire. The NFL should close the organization down…they continue to be a complete embarrassment to professional sports everywhere.

  10. Garrett suspended for the remainder of 2019, makes sense. He embarrassed a lot of people & did something violent. But, let him pay his dues & play again next year. Seems like a good dude who knows he did wrong.

    I predicted Pouncey would get 2-3 games for punching & kicking a guy on the ground. So, although I do not blame him for going back at Garrett, not the way the NFL wants to see it. He should take the punishment with his chest out.

    Ogunjobi deserved something for participating in an escalation vs. a much smaller dude.

    Let’s settle down on punishment for Rudolph though. Guy had a ROUGH game & was clearly emotional for an entire quarter. We was roughed by a DE when the game was already over. People seem to forget that QB’s take undefensed pounding all friggin’ game. I respect a man who stands up for himself against guys twice his size.

    All athletes need to know when the game is done & settle down. My word.

  11. Steelers got away with another one. Even though both teams will be a player down for the rematch, this is a win for Rooney. Pouncey was losing the battle to Garrett anyway. That’s why he kicked him in the head so many times like the coward he is.

    Let me remind the Raven troll about a broken nose Ben got from a cowardly act by a raven player. Stop being such a hypocrite as the Ravens are one of the dirtiest teams in all of sport. Remember Rudolphs concussion this year….what a dope.

  12. I’m glad rudolph got his head busted like a grape. He was charging Garrett like a tough guy, then He gets hit and turns around crying to the refs. Lol. What a clown. Funny that everyone has completely forgotten how awful of a qb he is. He looked like a peewee league qb. The steelers are an embarrassment.

  13. Rudolph should’ve gotten a flag or max a fine for that, but suspension — come on.

    Garrett (a) makes contact after the throw (b) continues to hold onto Rudolph for a couple seconds until they both go down and (c) lays on Rudolph once they’re down. Go watch the video — anyone in Rudolph’s position would be grabbing and kicking in that situation, too.

  14. For any of you knuckleheads who want to blame Mason Rudolph, STOP

    Garrett got Rudolph LATE, then laid on top of him
    Rudolph was trying to get him OFF
    Does anyone actually believe Mason Rudolph was trying to pull Garrett’s helmet off?? If so, you’re an IDIOT!
    No QB would ever do that. Garrett wouldn’t get up & I would BET MY LIFE he was running his mouth to Rudolph as he was laying on him

    Then Garrett pulled and pulled and pulled his helmet off
    You know how much that hurts tonhave your helmet forcefully removed??
    HURTS LIKE HELL
    So yeah, Rudolph got up and was pissed…but Garrett still had his helmet on
    What was Rudolph gonna actually do to Garrett??
    NOTHING

    So give me andnthe rest of the world a break with your nonesense!

  15. Don’t start fights you can’t finish. Rudolph yanked at his helmet first and then expects nothing to happen. The National Flag League is a joke anyway. Refs are horrible – 3 flags every 4 downs.

  16. Ty Webb says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    Don’t start fights you can’t finish. Rudolph yanked at his helmet first and then expects nothing to happen. The National Flag League is a joke anyway. Refs are horrible – 3 flags every 4 downs.

    *******************************************************************************

    “Expects nothing to happen” It’s not like he ran off, even after the getting cracked with the helmet. No clue how you infer that he expected nothing to happen.

    One are where you’re right — the refs are horrible. After the concussion-grade helmet-to-helmet cheapshots on Johnson and JJSS last night with minimal consequence from the refs, it’s a joke that this is how the game ended.

  17. I don’t know what Rudolph was doing but the NFL must not have considered it grievous enough to suspend him. Besides, he didn’t start it–Garrett did when he continued to drag him to the ground long after he had thrown the ball. I can’t believe they didn’t throw a flag on that. I think all three of the suspensions are about right. I thought Pouncey might get 2-4 games. Fining the teams $250k? What a joke. They probably spend more than that on lunch.

  18. John Harbaugh has already complained to the league office and Goodell already decided to suspended Brady for four games and to take away six of the Patriots’ draft picks in 2020.

  19. Ty Webb says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    Don’t start fights you can’t finish. Rudolph yanked at his helmet first and then expects nothing to happen. The National Flag League is a joke anyway. Refs are horrible – 3 flags every 4 downs.

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    If you don’t want 3 flags every four downs try not to hold on every passing down. They could have called it every down.

  20. lizzyisnoindian says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    Kitchens should be suspended as well, and Rudolph should also be suspended for 1 game for instigating it after he got up off the ground and charged into the melee
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    You know … after he was tackled well after releasing the ball.

  21. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    I’m glad rudolph got his head busted like a grape. He was charging Garrett like a tough guy, then He gets hit and turns around crying to the refs. Lol. What a clown. Funny that everyone has completely forgotten how awful of a qb he is. He looked like a peewee league qb. The steelers are an embarrassment.
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    Busted like a grape … he literally shrugged it off.

  22. Pouncey said he “blacked out” while kicking Garrett on the ground after the swing, and he was immediately ejected from the game.
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    OK let’s get one thing straight Pouncey DIDN’T kick Garrett, he tried to but a Cleveland player (50) Smith got in the way and Pouncey kicked the back of his leg! Just sayin’

  23. Wow! Pouncy Blacked out while kicking someone in the head. The Miles Garrett defense has become a staple already for the rest of the league. LMAO!

  24. Rudolph should’ve gotten a flag or max a fine for that, but suspension — come on.

    Garrett (a) makes contact after the throw (b) continues to hold onto Rudolph for a couple seconds until they both go down and (c) lays on Rudolph once they’re down. Go watch the video — anyone in Rudolph’s position would be grabbing and kicking in that situation, too.

  25. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    I like how the league swoops in and shakes both teams down for a quarter mil each, not even 24 hours later. Like I’m sure they got it all figured out what happened and who’s responsible. This is the same outfit that takes months to investigate AB, Hunt, etc.
    ________________________________________

    WOW REALLY? You do realize that ALL the evidence the league needed is right there on the tape for this, they had to collect evidence in those other instances! And in a situation like this they can’t let it linger into the weekend games, it needed immediate action and I for once applaud the NFL for not letting it fester any further.

  26. Fair punishments all. But how can it be that everyone involved in the incident has gotten punishment except for the guy who started it – Rudolph?

    Don’t want to hear “Garrett shouldn’t have tackled him”. His tackle was a split-second late, at most, a clean hit and he turned so his weight didn’t even land on Rudolph. That’s fair – that’s football.

    Rudolph trying to pull Garrett’s helmet off and kicking him in the groin is what started this.

  27. NFL dropped the ball a bit. Rudolph should get fined and possible 1 game suspension for escalating the whole damn thing.

  28. Steve Cunningham, yes Pouncy did kick Garrett in the head.
    Check your health plan perhaps an eye exam is in order.

  29. Garrett didn’t see rudolph throw the ball, he wrapped him up when rudolph still had the ball, and Garrett continued to tackle him to the ground in case he still had the ball. That’s tackle football. Nothing wrong with taking a ball carrier to the ground. That’s what you’re supposed to do.
    If he didn’t take him to the ground and let go of him, rudolph couldve kept the play alive and completed the pass. Remember when a defender had brady wrapped up, then let go of him, and brady still had the ball in his hand and threw it for a td. That’s why you have to complete your tackle to the ground to make sure he’s down. That’s common sense. Only people complaining are steelers fanboys with no brains.

  30. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Garrett didn’t see rudolph throw the ball, he wrapped him up when rudolph still had the ball, and Garrett continued to tackle him to the ground in case he still had the ball. That’s tackle football. Nothing wrong with taking a ball carrier to the ground. That’s what you’re supposed to do.
    If he didn’t take him to the ground and let go of him, rudolph couldve kept the play alive and completed the pass. Remember when a defender had brady wrapped up, then let go of him, and brady still had the ball in his hand and threw it for a td. That’s why you have to complete your tackle to the ground to make sure he’s down. That’s common sense. Only people complaining are steelers fanboys with no brains.
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    “Garrett didn’t see rudolph throw the ball,” is what makes it justifiable. Common sense, however, shows it was literally impossible for Garrett not to see Rudolph get rid of the ball.

  31. What did the Steelers do. A lineman had his QB’s back while he was being struck in the HEAD with a HELMET by a guy that’s probably got 50lbs on him. There is no equality in what happened on the field and as such the fines should at least be 400k/100k respectively if you’re set on 500k total.

  32. Two points-absent any disciplinary action against the player who started the whole thing, Mason Rudolph, whatever the NFL does is laughable.

    James Harrison should have nothing to say about this, he made a career out of injuring players by spearing.

  33. illgivemyopinion says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm
    Steve Cunningham, yes Pouncy did kick Garrett in the head.
    Check your health plan perhaps an eye exam is in order.
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    Or you do, I’ve watched it a half a dozen times and that kick(although the intent was there) landed on the back of #50, Smiths’s leg who was standing between Pouncey and Rudolph!

  34. The NFL enjoys this. Just watch the ratings for the next game. More ads at a higher price. Of course those billionaire owners will want heads rolling, they aren’t dumb. Put on a show like you care and have some morals, all while counting your money all the way to the bank.

    If the NFL really cared, they would hold the OWNERS responsible and punish them. No draft picks next year, no TV revenue and a $5ooM fine. Do you really want to see changes???

  35. The NFL is shocked and outraged by last night’s brawl in Cleveland and has issued fines and suspensions.
    But I can’t help but think that along with the shock and outrage, the league office might be secretly delighted, because the Browns/Steelers rematch in 2 weeks will be a real ratings grabber.
    Won’t be surprised if it gets flexed into primetime.

  36. Adjudication by the league was too swift. Quick video review of the incident itself, when perhaps time should have been taken to review ALL the hits from the ENTIRE game. Smelled like a bounty game out there, and that goes to the coaching staffs, if not the head coaches. Media is all over the end of game fight, which, as it turns out, was but one incident of an incredibly hateful, spiteful game full of vicious, borderline illegal hits. Team fines are too light as a result of the swift, no-full-consideration verdict. Losing six game checks is a huge deal. He will be back next year as if nothing happened. The QB who tried to rip off a helmet of the guy who in turn ripped off his helment and beat him with it, also deserves a fine and suspension. Teams were completely out of control.

  37. Wow, give me a break on blaming Rudolph.

    When the game is basically over, so should all the chippiness. ESPECIALLY from the winning team! My word! Garrett instigated the entire thing, never let off & then upped the ante big-time.

    There were seconds left in the game. So dumb.

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