Cam Heyward: Mason Rudolph is being “villainized,” and that’s not right

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Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward defended his teammate, Mason Rudolph, on Thursday.

“He is being villainized by it,” Heyward said, via video from Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “He said, ‘I’m going to be labeled as that.’ I just don’t think that’s right. That’s my teammate, and I’m going to fight for him.”

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett reportedly alleged during his suspension appeal hearing that Rudolph directed a racial slur at him. Garrett was asked immediately after the game whether Rudolph had said something to set him off, and he said, “You’ve got to go look at it. I’m not going to comment on it.”

Garrett’s indefinite suspension for hitting Rudolph in the head with the quarterbacks’ helmet was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash.

“I think we’ve just got to open up to our mistakes as men and move on,” Heyward said. “For [the slur allegation] to be a part of the appeal is stupid to me because that doesn’t get you out of what you did. And we’ve got to move forward and he’s got to own up to his actions.”

Heyward said Rudolph told him at the end of practice, “I did not say that.”

Rudolph was scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, but the team instead released a statement from Rudolph denying he said what Garrett alleges he said.

21 responses to “Cam Heyward: Mason Rudolph is being “villainized,” and that’s not right

  1. Mason Rudolph is not at fault here. Not one bit. Garrett hit him late to start the whole fracas and they got into a tpyical fracas that happens every game. Swinging helmets does not happen in the tpyical ruckus. Garrett is 100% at fault. End of story. Thank you.

  2. “That’s my teammate, and I’m going to fight for him.”


    Probably best to not say this and show your bias.

  3. Right, HE’S the one being villainized! The only one in this whole thing getting off basically Scott-free.

  4. So Heyward is ok with having something grab his helmet, reach into his face mask, and kick him in the groin twice? Got it.

  5. Villainized? Get real, he’s the troublemaker. Nothing changes because his idea was used against him. Kicking balls is crossing the line in my book.

  6. Garrett is trash who tried to use the race card to get his suspension reduced. I hope he never plays in the NFL again. The truth is he has never taken responsibility for his reckless play or late hits that have already earned him a reputation in the league and now using a helmet as a weapon and using the race card solidifies the piece of c.r.a.p. that he really is.

  7. So Heyward is ok with having something grab his helmet, reach into his face mask, and kick him in the groin twice? Got it.

    Stop with the false equivalency…you didnt mind when Ben got his nose broken by Ngata…..and no penalty. Your bias makes you look like such a real tool.

  8. It’s like the entire event caught on video didn’t matter to people, just him getting bonked in the head is important. The man tried to break another man’s neck but the clobbering after Rudolph rushed him is all anyone sees. I must be watching doctored footage and photoshopped pictures.

  9. I couldn’t care less what any player who wasn’t right there in the middle of it has to say.

    When the guys who were right there when it happened want to comment, I’ll listen to that.

  10. The night it happened I turned to my wife and said “before this is over were going to hear that Rudolph called him the N word”. Posted the same that night but of course it was deleted. When all else fails claim racism. Happens far too often and sets back relations in this country.
    What a disgusting, predictable display by Garrett.

  11. mason rudolph started it by grabbing Garrett’s facemask,
    grabbing Garrett’s helmet with BOTH HANDS, kicked Garrett,
    and attacked him while TWO pittsburgh o-line men held him…

    … and…

    … he doesn’t get suspended.

    The nfl is a joke.

    I can’t wait until soccer overtakes football in the future.
    The decline of American football is a good thing.

  12. I’m a Vikings fan, so I have no skin in this game, but watching that video, Rudolf was clearly instigating some of that… by first attempting to remove Garrett’s helmet and then chasing after him when Garret successfully removed his.. A fine in my opinion is pretty light here.

    I’m not saying an indefinite like Garrett, but Rudolf should have missed a game or two.

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