Mason Rudolph: “I have no ill-will toward Myles Garrett”

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Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph talked to reporters Wednesday, for the first time since he was clocked in the head with his own helmet by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

Via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rudolph read a prepared statement and took a few questions, apologizing to his teammates and saying he had no ill will toward Garrett.

“I did not agree with the way [Garrett] took me to the ground and my natural reaction was to get him off from on top of me,” Rudolph said. I have no ill-will toward Myles Garrett. I know if Myles could go back he would handle this situation differently.”

Rudolph said he should not have put Maurkice Pouncey in a situation to have to defend him. Pouncey was suspended three games for kicking Garrett at the tail end of the scuffle, which began with Rudolph and Garrett squaring off, Rudolph tugging on Garrett’s facemask, and Garrett then jerking Rudolph’s helmet off and swinging it at him. Garrett was suspended indefinitely, and his hearing with the league is today.

Asked if he did anything to provoke Garrett, Rudolph said: “Definitely didn’t say anything. I got to do a better job of keeping my composure in those situations.”

Rudolph said he hasn’t been fined yet, though more fines are anticipated from the incident last Thursday. He said he’d comply with whatever the league handed him.

22 responses to “Mason Rudolph: “I have no ill-will toward Myles Garrett”

  1. but…Mike Tomlin said you guys didnt do anything and had nothing to correct. You just said you needed to keep your composure.

  2. “I have no ill will towards him.”

    Translation: I need to smooth this over because I don’t need to have him really flatten me the next we play against each other.

  3. Sounds like he kind of tried to pretend take some accountability. I’m sure the Browns are itching to go into Pittsburgh and punish them like they did Baltimore.

  4. He’s not going to have any ill-will towards you either next year. That is, if you’re still on the team and playing.

  5. This is way better than the nonsense Tomlin spewed about there being nothing to learn. Rudolph clearly went of the rails and escalated things. No doubt he was frustrated over how often he was getting pressured into throwing 4 picks and he tried to lash out. Then after the initial row where he lost his helmet he re-initiated the fight when his OL had already put themselves between Rudolph and Myles.

    Still doesn’t excuse using a helmet to smash a guys unprotected head. But Rudolph had multiple opportunities to prevent this from becoming a black eye for the NFL. And interesting that he’s the first one I’m aware of who stated that nothing was said verbally to cause it. Myles easily could have said otherwise and this would be a completely different story.

  6. Thanks Mason. You saw your actions in being part of this. Next time leave Garrett’s helmet and junk alone.

  7. lenke08 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 11:31 am
    but…Mike Tomlin said you guys didnt do anything and had nothing to correct. You just said you needed to keep your composure.

    That’s not entirely true. Tomlin acknowledged that the Steelers had a part in the whole incident and that they accept responsibility for it.

  8. The eye in the sky don’t lie…

    Too little too late. Reduce Garrett to 4-6 games. Rudolph’s punishment is coming next Sunday.

  9. If this happened in a bar or on the street one or both of them would be bailing out of jail and hoping for a for a good attorney and a lenient judge. The outcome would be one or both would have a record following them for the rest of their life and possibly some restrictions. If any of us took this argument outside the stadium (or even inside it) we would be looking at a court case and not waiting for a league to decide something or a players association to say it was nothing.

    Why are any of them allowed to get away with any of this with relative impunity? $$$ fines and suspensions without pay don’t work. Evidence Burfect, Suh, Incognito…………. If the NFL wants to make a statement about safety and protecting players do like Landis did with baseball a long time ago and suspend players for life. Add that element of risk to “momentary lapse of judgement”. It’s not like there aren’t a few hundred players willing to take someone’s place.

  10. Too little too late. Reduce Garrett to 4-6 games. Rudolph’s punishment is coming next Sunday.
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    Next Sunday the Bungles host the Steelers. The only punishment there is the Steelers have to travel to Cinci.

  11. Mason your best offensive play of the season was to get a Team’s best defensive player suspended for a year. I think what you meant to say was that ” I shouldn’t take my frustrations of sucking so bad out on the opponent”

  12. What a bunch of crybabies! The guy sacked him late at the end of a game on a pointless play. He was frustrated with the late hit so he tried shoving and jerking the guy off of him and tugged at his helmet for like 2 seconds maybe and then when the dude is up and trying to jerk his helmet off while he is lying there he puts his foot up for leverage to combat the struggle at getting his head ripped off. When he can finally get up he runs after the guy no doubt asking what the hell is wrong with the guy and demanding his helmet back to which he gets it tomahawked onto his head! And then knocked down from behind by another Brown. Sure – he could have laid there and took it all and remained composed. But this whole “big, bad second string QB attacking the defensive end” narrative is ludicrous.

  13. thereisno23 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 9:47 am
    What a bunch of crybabies! The guy sacked him late at the end of a game on a pointless play. He was frustrated with the late hit so he tried shoving and jerking the guy off of him and tugged at his helmet for like 2 seconds maybe and then when the dude is up and trying to jerk his helmet off while he is lying there he puts his foot up for leverage to combat the struggle at getting his head ripped off. When he can finally get up he runs after the guy no doubt asking what the hell is wrong with the guy and demanding his helmet back to which he gets it tomahawked onto his head! And then knocked down from behind by another Brown. Sure – he could have laid there and took it all and remained composed. But this whole “big, bad second string QB attacking the defensive end” narrative is ludicrous.
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    Mason Rudolph you sir have snitched on himself. Were your actions not Bush League. First off Rudolph was only the tuff guy once his lineman were in between him and Garrett. That was the whole run up, I got backup now let me say what I want to say.

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