Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension upheld

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Browns defensive end Myles Garrett‘s bid for a change to his indefinite suspension was unsuccessful.

The NFL announced on Thursday that appeals officer James Thrash ruled that all discipline given to Garrett be upheld. That means Garrett will miss at least the rest of the 2019 season and the expectation is that he’ll have to meet with the league before being reinstated.

The announcement comes a short time after ESPN reported that Garrett alleged at his appeal hearing that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur. Rudolph has denied that allegation through both his attorney and the Steelers.

Garrett and Rudolph scuffled late in the fourth quarter and Garrett wound up with a suspension after ripping Rudolph’s helmet off and hitting him with it. Rudolph is expected to be fined for his actions in the altercation.

 

51 responses to “Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension upheld

  1. The racial slur accusation has now propelled this into the stratosphere. The fact that Myles Garrett and his agent/lawyer think that the NFL would reduce a suspension with a racial slur mixed in as an excuse is deplorable. And, if this is an unfounded accusation, not only did Garrett try to smash Rudolph’s head with his helmet, he is now trying to smash his reputation with a very serious accusation. Garrett and his camp have made a serious mistake here.

  2. Did he really think he had a chance? He blasted a guy with a helmet. My 3 year old is smarter than this.

  3. The NFL got this one right, keep him out 8 games in 2020 as well. He does have a track record of fines and personal fouls.

    Rudolph should be fined heavily with a suspension, he did instigate the whole thing.

  4. Rudolph’s fine should be minimal. After all he only started it then came back for seconds. Oh yeah, and he’s a Steeler.

  5. And it may end up being worse than that in the end. I hope and pray that either of the two were mic’d up the other night and the truth comes out quick. If Garrett is lying he should be banned for 2 or 3 years for lying on the man and whacking him with his own helmet. If Rudolph is guilty he should be banned for a season or two as well for the fact he did it. We haven’t heard the last of this by any means.

  6. Unless I am missing something, the NFL can investigate this. They have cameras on the field, and even though the voices are muted for TV, I wouldn’t think they are muted to what the league office can or should hear. Again, i could be off base here.

    I will begin by saying, I am Steelers fan. If Rudolph used a racial slur, then that is bad, but the punishment should never be bashing someone on the head with a helmet. My belief here is, Garrett is trying to find a way to justify his actions and it is easier to say he used a racial slur and then I snapped, compared to, this no name quarterback tried to challenge me after I roughed him and I lost it.

    I am glad the NFL upheld the suspension. That type of behavior should not be tolerated period. Could you imagine the type of abuse, someone like Jim Brown took back in his playing days when he was dominating the NFL. It is good to know he didn’t go around bashing skulls.

  7. Couldn’t happen to a better franchise …. I use to pull for the Browns to pull themselves out of the dumpster, Browns fans deserve better than this.
    Redskins fan

  8. There are only two people that know what was said, if anything, on the field. Rudolph and Garrett.

    IMO, Rudolph’s actions on the field deserve a suspension.

  9. I am glad the NFL upheld the suspension. That type of behavior should not be tolerated period. Could you imagine the type of abuse, someone like Jim Brown took back in his playing days when he was dominating the NFL. It is good to know he didn’t go around bashing skulls.

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    Google Jim Brown and see how he treated women.

  10. So tired of people blaming Mason for instigating this mess … did these same people not see Myles going full speed on a dump off pass just to end the game then continue to grab Mason and pull him to the ground and grind on top of him and I’m sure talking S#*t while he was doing it. Then Myles “ The Snowflake” tries his best to murder Mason.

  11. I don’t give the NFL credit for much at all…but good for them in this situation for not letting Myles’ pathetic last second hail mary attempt play them in to reducing/eliminating the discipline.

    I am fully prepared to eat a heaping portion of crow if ever it turns out it is proven that Rudolph said something inexcusable. But from every angle, today’s claim by Garrett seems desperate and unfounded.

  12. Nothing about this passes the smell test! There’s been somebody talking in Garrett’s ear about the importance politically of him alleging a racial slur especially going into an election year. You can see where this is going and it won’t be good!

  13. Race card, schmace card. In case all of you missed it, Rudolph was a known bully as a youngster. I believe he used a racial slur……

  14. “Nothing about this passes the smell test! There’s been somebody talking in Garrett’s ear about the importance politically of him alleging a racial slur especially going into an election year. You can see where this is going and it won’t be good!”

    Holy hell, dude. It has nothing to do with politics. His lawyers thought it gave him a better chance to avoid a harsher punishment which is going to cost him millions. It’s about money. That’s all.

  15. The swinging of the helmet moved this from a sports story to a national story and not in a good way.
    Don’t you know? The only ones that can tarnish the shield are the ones that own the shield. (Cough…cough…Mr Kraft massage parlor…cough…cough…Mr Irsay alcoholic & drug abuser…cough…cough) But I digress…

    I am guessing a 12 month suspension would be about right which means the NFL will make it 6 months.

  16. I’m a 50 year old white guy and I’m not going to lie, I have used the N word.

    But even 30-40 years ago, did I ever call a black guy that to his face? Never. This day and age, are you kidding me? I call BS.

  17. Jeremy2020 says: Holy hell dude. It has nothing to do with politics.

    Sorry Jeremy, but the moment Garrett played the race card it got political. The political media will be abuzz with this.

  18. Not Fair League, why have written rules if nobody is going to follow them. This was not unprecedented. Anthony smith swung a helmet at incognito in 2013 and got suspended two preseason games and one regular season. Watching nfl live michael strahan said he ripped a teammates helmet off during practice and hit him with it. There are written consequences to these actions in the collective bargaining agreement. Which is the law of the NFL. Neither Goodell thrash or brooks follow the rules. Suspension appeals should be heard by a jury with a vote. Not up to one man to decide. NOT FAIR LEAGUE.

  19. Roger Godell and the NFLPA have ruined the best sport on the planet. No more discipline, fundamentals, integrity left in the pro game anymore

  20. Disgusting on Garrett’s part. No white player on a team that is 75% black would ever think about using that word. Assanine.

  21. NOT FAIR LEAGUE. Why have a CBA, if none of the top officials follow what is written in it? This was not an unprecedented act. Anthony smith ripped off Richie incognitos helmet and swung it at him in 2013, got suspended two preseason games and one regular season game. On nfl live the other day Michael strahan said he ripped off a teammates helmet in practice and hit him with it. Cortland Finnegan and someone mutually ripped off each other’s helmet and they exchanged haymakers, still lighter than garrets punishment. So violence and extracurricular activities in this sport is more common than the media has been portraying. Punishments need to fit the offense per the CBA. Absolutely ridiculous that violent punching and kicking to the head gets a reduced sentence too.
    As upset as I am about the unruly suspension to Garrett, I am still more bothered by why Garrett was even on the field up 14 points with 14 seconds left. Did he want to be out there to try to pad his stats? Kitchens want starters to play every snap to build continuity? Could have been avoided before it started.

  22. First, a public assault with intent to injure. Then a slanderous reputation damaging lie. Wait for Mason’s lawsuit.

  23. Tomlin can trip a guy and get a fine
    Harrison can knock multiple Browns players and get a fine
    AB can kick a Browns punter in the face with cleats and gets nothing.

  24. This whole episode reeks of bias for the Rooney family and QBs. Mason was the one who started it and nothing happens to him.

  25. In my opinion, Burfict is a better person than Garrett….at least he took his suspensions like a man and didn’t try to play the race card.

  26. Pretty savage assault. With the boom mics on the field they need to investigate the racial slur. If that comes up empty, this dood needs to go away. The league will go on without Myles Garret.

  27. On a side note, how many games do you think he would get if he did that to Tom Brady???? 2 full seasons? Lifetime ban??

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