Tony Dungy: I don’t have sympathy with Myles Garrett

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Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy says that no matter what Browns defensive end Myles Garrett heard Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph say, Garrett lost any moral high ground when he ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and hit him over the head.

Garrett says that Rudolph uttered a racial slur on the field, which Rudolph denied. Dungy said this morning on PFT Live that whoever is telling the truth, Garrett should be judged by his actions.

“I’m sorry, I don’t have sympathy with Myles Garrett if in fact that is what happened,” Dungy said. “If we’re in the bottom of the pile and Mason Rudolph is kneeing you in the groin or he’s trying to poke your eye out or he’s twisting your knee, something that’s going to affect your ability to do your work and your career, then, yeah, you can go off. But you can’t go off because somebody said something to you. All kinds of things get said out there on the field. There’s four-letter words. In this case it may have been a six-letter word, a multi-syllable word. All of that happens. I can’t go off and jeopardize my team’s chances to go to the playoffs, my career, my ability to make money because somebody called me a name. I don’t care what name he said, that is not an excuse to me.”

Dungy, who played three seasons in the NFL, said that if he had been in the situation Garrett described, he would have told the opposing player after the game that he didn’t appreciate it, but not done anything to get himself penalized during the game and suspended afterward.

“You talk to him after the game,” Dungy said. “You don’t go off, blow a circuit and give up six games of your career.”

96 responses to “Tony Dungy: I don’t have sympathy with Myles Garrett

  1. 100% facts. And this is coming from Dungy, who played during a different time in the NFL and probably heard a lot of slurs and things. Can’t let your team down.

  2. I see Dungy’s point. Hard to condone violence unless it’s in defense of physical violence. At the same time, I don’t feel Garrett should lose his career over this either. We all screw up, and aside from the most grotesque of actions, we shouldn’t lose our livelihoods.

  3. I don’t recall Myles ever requesting sympathy from anyone. As a matter of fact, seems he took the high road by not trying to smear Mason’s character publicly by only offering context regarding what happened in (what was supposed to be) a private forum.

  4. It’s clear that Garrett is lying and that shows his true character. The Browns went from the NFL darlings to the most unlikeable bunch in a hurry…

  5. Garrett should have taken a page out of OBJ’s book and took his frustration out on the kicking net.
    Just learn from OBJ’s mistake, though.
    Punch the net, but remember to bob and weave.

  6. Nice. Dungy just listed all the things that were actually done to Myles Garrett to go off.

    Understood you has no sympathy for his action of hitting a player in the head with a helmet. And not too many arguing it was a huge mistake. Again, the punishment matched the actions. Issue is Rudolph was not appropriately punished.

    And I would not quote or use NFL referees for their take on what happened since they have problems watching the specific details in games themselves.

  7. Tony Dungy, thank you! There is no excuse for Garrett’s behavior and anyone defending him should be ashamed of themselves.

    Garrett has serious issues that he needs to deal with, and the Browns need to knock off the “he’s a great guy” act.

  8. cookerduff123 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I see Dungy’s point. Hard to condone violence unless it’s in defense of physical violence. At the same time, I don’t feel Garrett should lose his career over this either. We all screw up, and aside from the most grotesque of actions, we shouldn’t lose our livelihoods.
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    The NFL is an organization of the highest integrity and what Garrett did is introduce violence into a respected, highly sophisticated sport. His career should be over.

  9. Tony Is an exceptional human being. He’s been through more in life than any man should have to endure. But if we are all going to be held up to a Tony Dungy standard virtually all of us will be found wanting.

  10. ravensbob says:

    Garrett should be out a full year. Rudolph is a journeyman type QB.

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    The options are to give thumbs up or thumbs down on the readers’ posts.
    I wish there was a thumb sideways option for a post like this one that I agree with part, but not all of it.
    Garrett should be gone for a year, but Rudolph should have been punished harder.
    Just because he’s a journeyman type shouldn’t factor into the decision.

  11. all of you calling Garrett a liar have exactly no first hand knowledge of the exchange that happened on the field

  12. Dungy is 100% correct and here’s why. Not feeling as Dungy stated would be perpetuating this notion that black people have zero impulse control and free-will when a certain word is present. A word that somehow can easily short circuit the brain. This behavior and response is supported and excused by many people of course but think of how dangerous it actually is. It’s not true and it shouldn’t be treated as if it is. 
    Imagine if you are a black father and you are raising a solid kid. To know leaders in his own community think someone could so easily bait him into throwing his life away would be concerning to say the least, you’d be working constantly to make sure he/she doesn’t fall into that excuse. The way to avoid conditioning that notion into people is to not allow it to be treated as acceptable or excusable.

  13. It’s a word that should never be said however when the world was coming down hard against Garrett over a week ago, don’t you think he would have immediately said the alledged comment was the reason he went crazy? The fact that he didn’t raises some serious concerns

  14. Nobody other than the race baiters or certain fools in Cleveland believe a word coming out of Garretts mouth. Garretts own teammates threw him under the bus and said he never said a thing about racial comments to them. Players near the scuffle on the field heard no racial comments, The ref near the scuffle heard no racial comments. The only person who heard racial comments was Garrett who made the whole thing up to save his own skin. He’s a dirt bag loser who will be labeled as a slandering liar for the rest of his life.

  15. THANK YOU !!!!! Most rational people in the world agree that just saying something don’t give you the right to physically assault someone. It is about time someone actually said it and was let to report it. THANK YOU again Mr. Dungy Job well done!

  16. Oh look out the great Tony I could only go to 1 Superbowl with the second greatest quarterback of the time period Dungy has spoken….We must all bow to his wishes

  17. That’s the difference between a man and a boy. There are no words that another person can say that will push me to the point that I would jeopardize everything I’ve worked for.

  18. ctownbrown says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:44 am
    I don’t recall Myles ever requesting sympathy from anyone. As a matter of fact, seems he took the high road by not trying to smear Mason’s character publicly by only offering context regarding what happened in (what was supposed to be) a private forum.

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    I’m calling BS on the “high road” take. Just because he didn’t say exactly what he accuses Rudolph of saying doesn’t mean he’s taking any kind of high road. I also find it funny you think the high road can be associated with anyone who was involved in what happened.

    Garret actually taking the high road would be him saying that he was wrong to do what he did no matter what was said or done before that.

  19. Garrett has acted like a true gentleman throughout this ordeal. While Mason Rudolph held press conferences and conveniently omitted any mention of his egregious behavior, Garrett immediately owned up to his actions and immediately showed remorse. He also showed great restraint by not publicly discussing the events that provoked his actions but rather disclosed those details during a closed door hearing. Meanwhile, Rudolph continues to feast on his rabid base of unruly and obnoxious fans who will say he did nothing wrong regardless.

  20. Garrett is so upset at what he heard that he hits Rudolph over the head with his own helmet … but NEVER MENTIONS IT during all his interviews? Man, he really cools down fast.

    And then, he floats this invention in an attempt to limit his punishment for what could have been called attempted murder. I think he’s lying.

    Last play of the game with a 2 touchdown lead … he could have EASILY pulled up and not even touched Rudolph … but, he had other intentions – and then it escalated.

    If you can’t do the time – don’t do the crime.

  21. It is despicable what Garrett did to Rudolph. Without any proof….this will dog Rudolph the rest of his career and life. There’s a certain amount of people that will believe his accusation without requiring any proof.

    Rudolph should sue Rudolph for slander.

  22. “If we’re in the bottom of the pile and Mason Rudolph is kneeing you in the groin or he’s trying to poke your eye out or he’s twisting your knee, something that’s going to affect your ability to do your work and your career, then, yeah, you can go off.”

    Umm, Tony…did you watch the tape?

  23. KoolAidFree says:
    November 22, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Oh look out the great Tony I could only go to 1 Superbowl with the second greatest quarterback of the time period Dungy has spoken….We must all bow to his wishes———————————————————————————————————-

    I agree, if Tony thought he could benefit from this situation. He would have back Garrett all the way. Not sure why his opinion is even needed. He has spent a lot of time telling others how to live. But could not keep his own house in order.

  24. “all of you calling Garrett a liar have exactly no first hand knowledge of the exchange that happened on the field”
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    No, but we don’t have any evidence that it happened either. And we have every player and ref in the vicinity saying they didn’t hear it. And we have all his teammates saying he didn’t mention anything to them about it after the game or the days following. And we do know that he only brought it up when his suspension was on the line. And we do know Rudolph vehemently denies it.

    That’s what we do know. It doesn’t stack up well for Myles.

  25. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    November 22, 2019 at 9:10 am
    all of you calling Garrett a liar have exactly no first hand knowledge of the exchange that happened on the field

    *********

    And you do?

  26. stexan says:
    November 22, 2019 at 9:22 am
    But it’s OK to blackball a guy and cost him his career over a pair of socks.
    Got it.
    ———–
    Kap had just 1 and 1/2 seasons of average, at best, QB play and he openly bragged about not needing to watch game film to try to improve. Eric Reid, on the other hand, is still playing because he has talent. Kap beaten out by Blaine Gabbert.

  27. The only thing Garrett could hope for at this point is to reclaim his respect and honor through hard work and off the field gentlemanly class and scholarship, like Albert Haynesworth.

  28. So many people just want to watch the Race relations blow up into a war at any cost.

    Lying, smearing….

    Add Myles “Jussie” Garrett to the list

  29. Myles Garrett took the high road and didn’t smear Mason Rudolph publicly, and his reward was to be called a liar by the majority of fans and pundits.

    Well, the truth will eventually out, but I doubt Myles Garrett will get an apology.

  30. If this did happen Myles definitely would have told some of his teammates after the play. To my knowledge, no other player involved in this situation has come forward saying they heard Mason say anything. If he is lying it shows what low character Myles does have that he’s willing to tank a man’s career in order to try to save face.

  31. “The NFL is an organization of the highest integrity ”

    Lolz you lost all credibility the moment you said that. NFL and “highest integrity” in the same sentence is a real laugher. They don’t even understand what the word “integrity” means

  32. I must come clean. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. Millionaires street fighting on a football field. After I realized nobody was injured I must admit looking back on it, it was just madness. Garret rips a dudes helmet off and then busts it over his dome. What’s not to like? Wait till the Steelers play the Brown in Pittsburgh next week… the rating will be through the roof. People will want to see physicality and fights and what I’m saying may not be P.C. but I’m just saying what a lot of other people think too but just won’t say it… and yes… I’m the same guy who watches NASCAR to see the wrecks.

  33. Garrett had every media outlet in the the country coming down on him the morning after the game. It’s hard to believe a person would not have mention Rudolph saying something = especially someone with legal and PR representation.

  34. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 10:23 am
    “The NFL is an organization of the highest integrity ”

    Lolz you lost all credibility the moment you said that. NFL and “highest integrity” in the same sentence is a real laugher. They don’t even understand what the word “integrity” means
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    I think he was being sarcastic…

  35. Everybody is so easily offended.
    We live in a world where an accidental bump or a spilled drink can get a person killed.
    People as a whole need to stop being so touchy about ever tiny thing.

    “Sticks and stones…”

  36. so wait….It looks as though Garrett didn’t know mason got rid of the ball, takes mason down. Mason tries to corkscrew Myles’ helmet off and shoves his cleats in his groin. As Myles is being restrained, Mason COMES BACK and punches him in the groin, and if he did also use a racial slur, there is no way Rudolph is culpable in triggering this melee? I am not saying what Garrett did was justified, just not understanding how Mason is exonerated from all of this.

  37. If Garrett throws hands he’s playing this week, and people would already be forgetting. He hurt his team, his own self image, his sponsors, and everyone around him more than he hurt the QB. He only hurts them 3 steps after they’ve thrown the ball(Trevor Siemian)

  38. “all of you calling Garrett a liar have exactly no first hand knowledge of the exchange that happened on the field”
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    No, but we don’t have any evidence that it happened either. And we have every player and ref in the vicinity saying they didn’t hear it. And we have all his teammates saying he didn’t mention anything to them about it after the game or the days following. And we do know that he only brought it up when his suspension was on the line. And we do know Rudolph vehemently denies it.

    That’s what we do know. It doesn’t stack up well for Myles.

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    Every single player, coach and GM who has worked with Myles for the past 3 years says the same thing: his honesty and character have never been in question, and he’s generally a soft-spoken guy not given to this behavior.

    It’s entirely — entirely — possible that Rudolph said it when they were face to face on the ground only loud enough for Garrett to hear it.

    How does that stack up well for calling him a liar?

    Not saying it happened, only pointing out that none of you can pretend to know it didn’t. So everyone calling him a liar is rationally unjustified in doing so.

  39. Chris Jenkins…what fight did you watch? Where is all this kicking and punching from Rudolph? I see him throw the ball, Garrett wrestles him to the ground, he freaks out and pulls on Garrett’s helmet, Garrett pulls off Mason’s helmet, Mason runs up screaming and gets hit with his own helmet. I don’t see any punches or kicking by mason, just flailing and pulling.

  40. “We all screw up, and aside from the most grotesque of actions, we shouldn’t lose our livelihoods.”
    ________________

    Walk across the room and club a co-worker in the head and see what happens to you. Not only would be done for good at that company but you’d be arrested and in jail for assault. Garrett is lucky to not be facing charges now.

  41. Why does nobody talk about how pouncey tried to stab a man in the head with multiple spikes attacked to his 300+lbs frame. Seems that should get a similar punishment since the ONLY reason that doesn’t look as bad is because Rudolph failed(but not for lack of trying) to rip Myles helment off

  42. kleppnasty says:
    November 22, 2019 at 11:09 am
    Chris Jenkins…what fight did you watch? Where is all this kicking and punching from Rudolph? I see him throw the ball, Garrett wrestles him to the ground, he freaks out and pulls on Garrett’s helmet, Garrett pulls off Mason’s helmet, Mason runs up screaming and gets hit with his own helmet. I don’t see any punches or kicking by mason, just flailing and pulling.

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    Your post is pretty spot on, but he did “kick” / push with his legs while on the ground and looked like it was a bit below the belt of Garrett.

    Garrett deserves the suspension. However, Rudolph should get a game or tow himself.

  43. File it under “Any publicity is GOOD publicity” Thought it was fun to watch, can’t wait to see the two teams play each other again. Dungy can spare me the lectures, nobody believes Garrett that Rudolph really said that, it’s all hogwash and clickbait. Can’t wait for Sunday

  44. Maybe Adam Jones heard it. Or Marcus Smart. Or David Price. Or Shawn King. Or Tawana Brawley. Or Al Sharpton. Or Dick Sherman. . . . . . . I could go on forever.

  45. No sense arguing with Steeler fans.They have had a team full of choir boys since it’s inception. Just ask them. Also ask them about how they won 4 Superbowls during the era when testing for steroids was non existent. They simply injested more steroids than the other teams.That information is documented and available to anyone that uses Google.

  46. I agree with Dungy but I also think Garrett is being punished for the All of the “What ifs” that could have occurred.

    That was road-rage on a football field. It’s a lesson for every one.

  47. winone4cleveland says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:50 am
    Issue is Rudolph was not appropriately punished.

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    Having to play for Mike Tomlin is punishment enough

  48. “We all screw up, and aside from the most grotesque of actions, we shouldn’t lose our livelihoods.”
    ________________

    Walk across the room and club a co-worker in the head and see what happens to you. Not only would be done for good at that company but you’d be arrested and in jail for assault. Garrett is lucky to not be facing charges now.

    ————

    I have and it felt good. I didn’t get fired but instead gained cult hero status to the point my name is still invoked 20 years after I left the compnay.

  49. See Dungy understands it! Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.

    Garrett has no excuse. None. Even if Rudolph called him every bad name in the book. That doesn’t free you to club someone over the head with a helmet!

  50. Say what you want about Dungy as coach (I think he was a darn good one, though I am unsure as to whether he belongs in the HoF) but he’s undoubtedly a great man.

  51. I think I’m just stating the obvious here but clearly the NFL needs to ban helmets so this never happens again.

  52. He’s not wrong, not matter what was said you can’t just rip the dudes helmet off and try to beat him over the head. If Rudolph brought race into that little scrap then let him be judged by his own teammates. Ultimately, that’s who he would have to answer too.

  53. Dungy speaks like a true Steeler,dirtiest team in the NFL. Doesn’t bother to mention Rudolph started it. And Rudolph DID kick him and try to twist his head off, by your own admission that gives Garrett the right to go off. Sometimes once you start the fight it gets out of hand quickly, no sympathy for Rudolph from me. If Garrett played for the Steelers they would already be building a statue of him in front of their stadium!

  54. There is no debate. The NFL and Garrett got so lucky that Rudolph wasn’t seriously injured. If the crown of the helmet had hit Rudolph in the nose or forehead, you could be talking about a life changing, disabling injury or worse. We all could have witnessed him kill someone on National Television. That is the only issue. That cannot stand whether something was said or not. He is only being defended because Rudolph wasn’t seriously injured.

  55. fan70 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    Dungy speaks like a true Steeler,dirtiest team in the NFL. Doesn’t bother to mention Rudolph started it. And Rudolph DID kick him and try to twist his head off, by your own admission that gives Garrett the right to go off. Sometimes once you start the fight it gets out of hand quickly, no sympathy for Rudolph from me. If Garrett played for the Steelers they would already be building a statue of him in front of their stadium!

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    You completely missed the point of what Dungy is saying.

  56. In case anyone needed a reminder that Browns fans are the worst, just read through some of these comments. They’ll all be wearing their Kareem Hunt jerseys on Sunday, though.

  57. I agree with Tony’s assessment and how to handle the situation. The difference is that Tony was raised, and played, during a time where the focus was the team, and not the player. In today’s day and age, the focus is on self. Incidents similar to this were rare 20 years ago.

    Walk through any public place and count the amount of times you hear, “I feel like….” Don’t screw your teammates, or fans, because maybe you heard something. Wait until the game and address it then. You might have more credibility then…

  58. Tony Dungy has always been one of my favorites, and he proves why here.

    The world needs more logical, grounded people like him speaking out on subjects instead of preaching extremes in both directions.

  59. He thought that Rudolph was trying to twist his helmet off, but Rudolph was in a panic because his hand was caught in his face mask. He was trying to do everything he could to pry it loose.

  60. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    November 22, 2019 at 9:10 am
    all of you calling Garrett a liar have exactly no first hand knowledge of the exchange that happened on the field
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    No, we don’t have 1st hand knowledge of the exchange. But other players on the field who were involved in the scrum do have 1st hand knowledge. Nobody heard a racial slur, nor did Garret mention anything about a racial slur until after the suspension was announced. Almost a week later! So yes…I believe that is just as good as having 1st hand knowledge.

  61. Haven’t seen one comment about this. If Garrett stops holding Rudolph so that he can’t get up, Rudolph wouldn’t have touched Garrett. You know, that hold him from getting away tackle that lasts 10 seconds. Let Rudolph go like any other play and Rudolph would have done nothing. This is the equivalent of standing over or walking over a guy after you’ve tackled him. The entire Brown game plan was to hurt people. Just look at the helmet to helmet hits earlier. Don’t hold him for 10 seconds after the play is over and Rudolph wont kick and shove Garrett’s helmet trying to get Garrett off of him!

  62. Surprise… the facts are clear but it’s the what-ifs and lies they created themselves that people are getting mad over. That’s how crazy some people are these days. Facts and stats don’t matter…its manipulation, fake outrage and cognitive dissonance. Those people need to get some professional help.

  63. Hitting someone’s unprotected head with a hard object like a helmet is way over the line. Could have caused serious injury. A brain hemmorrhage for example could have been serious.

  64. He is showing no remorse by claiming that Rudolph uttered a racial slur, which is of course terrible but does not merit such a violent attack. Sticks and stones and helmets can break bones, but words?

  65. Walking down the street one evening in NYC I was assaulted and robbed by 250 lb black guy. Police caught up with him. His defense? “He called me a N-word!”

  66. Myles Garret doesn’t need sympathy. He deserves to sit the rest of the season and have to prove to the public and NFL that this was an isolated incident that will never occur again, and that he can control his anger.

    That said, the NFL is a joke leaking confidential information provided in a private appeals hearing. If Garrett’s camp leaked this then yes, it’s a PR move to save his reputation. But as far as I can tell this information came from someone representing the NFL.

  67. mikethevike11 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 9:28 am
    ctownbrown says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:44 am
    I don’t recall Myles ever requesting sympathy from anyone. As a matter of fact, seems he took the high road by not trying to smear Mason’s character publicly by only offering context regarding what happened in (what was supposed to be) a private forum.

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    I’m calling BS on the “high road” take. Just because he didn’t say exactly what he accuses Rudolph of saying doesn’t mean he’s taking any kind of high road. I also find it funny you think the high road can be associated with anyone who was involved in what happened.

    Garret actually taking the high road would be him saying that he was wrong to do what he did no matter what was said or done before that.

    That’s literally EXACTLY what he did. Read his statements before you call “BS” on anything.

  68. I have seen the entire replay dozens of times. Rudolph’s “attack” on MG, who out weights him by 100lbs, is pathetic at best. I see zero effective groin shots and the contact with MG’s helmet is able feeble. He never twists MG’s head around or lands a serious blow to MG’s cup protected nuts. The NFL should release all the directional mike audio to put an end to this N word controversy. I’m sure fans will be shocked by what the player’s actually say to each other.

  69. I think the rule of the jungle applies. A giant man attacks a smaller man and I think anything the smaller person does to get back at the larger man is in bounds. Was he supposed to be polite and honorable as he took his beating? And that’s the worse case scenario where he actually said it. Cheap shots during a football play are out of bounds, but not an on the field after the play mugging. Myles Garrett is another Charles Martin.

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