Will Myles Garrett sue over his suspension?

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With hearing officer James Thrash (correctly) upholding the indefinite suspension imposed on Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, Garrett technically isn’t out of options. As a practical matter, however, he is.

Garrett could file a lawsuit aimed at challenging the arbitration. He could, and it’s safe to conclude that the option has at least been considered. The chances of a lawsuit succeeding, however, are incredibly slim.

They’re slim because of the precedent created in the Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott cases. While both cases had earlier success through the securing of an order allowing them to play while the litigation proceeded, both lost on the merits. Courts don’t like to get involved in disputes that have been privately resolved through arbitration, and the failure of Brady and Elliott to get their own suspensions overturned makes it far less likely that Garrett would prevail.

Without getting too far into the legal weeds, Brady and Elliott had stronger cases in large part because their appeals weren’t heard by an independent arbitrator, but by the Commissioner or his designee. Garrett would need to be able to show serious irregularities in order to get a court to throw out the outcome of a neutral procedure that has been developed through negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

Besides, Brady and Elliott had the ability to call into question the question of whether they did the things of which they were accused. Garrett did what he did, and what he did was far worse than anything a player has done on the field, at least since Albert Haynesworth shredded the forehead of Andre Gurode with a cleat, if not ever.

There’s a point where Garrett needs to accept that he crossed a line that never should have been crossed, a line that must never be crossed again. And Garrett needs to understand that the indefinite suspension that stretches into 2020 is intended to give the league a full and fair opportunity to ensure that, when he’s permitted to return to action, the league will be certain that he won’t ever do it again.

35 responses to “Will Myles Garrett sue over his suspension?

  1. This seems like a bias legal opinion that completely skirts the issue of indefinite suspension as covered in labor agreements.

  2. There’s a point where Garrett needs to accept that he crossed a line that never should have been crossed, a line that must never be crossed again.

    From my chair the only person thinking he isn’t is you. I think he gets it. But why wouldn’t you appeal it? Foundation of our justice system even if it is the NFL involved.

  3. Sounds like he still doesn’t think he did anything wrong. At least Burfict took his suspensions like a man instead of making every excuse in the world and trying to blame everyone else. Says a lot about Garrett and his character. Sure, I’d be unhappy if I just threw away ~$1.2M but I’d have been smart enough not to jeopardize it in the first place. He and AB can go have a beer together and complain to each other how they are being persecuted. He should just cut his losses and learn from it. I doubt he’ll learn anything from it except to claim to be a victim.

  4. If Garrett takes it to court, he’ll have to tell his lie about the make-believe racial slur under oath and open himself up to perjury charges.

  5. The Judge – Mr. Garrett the video clearly shows you bashing the victim over the head with his own helmet so why are we here today
    Myles Garrett – Your Honor we’re here today because I’m a victim
    The Judge – A victim of what Mr.Garrett
    Myles Garrett – A victim of my own stupidity your honor

  6. Garrett should sue. When was the last time a judge said that someone should go to prison indefinitely? The NFL should state exactly how long the suspension is. We’re all acting as if really awful stuff hasn’t happened before on a football field. And how about the fact that wife beaters, child abusers, and rapists have gotten lesser suspensions, if they have at all, than what Garrett got.

  7. I write this with compassion for all involved. Whether any of us believes that Garrett was justified or not in deliberately swinging a football helmet directly into another man’s skull — that’s our own opinion to confront.

    The consequence of such an action, however, could have been catastrophic to Garrett, Rudolph, and the NFL. That is why this is way bigger than one man. If this resulted in serious injury or worse… go there in your imagination and see where it takes you.

    As for the law, who knows. Our government will have to decide soon if we care about the law.
    As this all unfolds, may we all find love for our fellow brothers. And, whether we like it or not, we are all brothers.

  8. Picture Jack Nicholson during the “I smell a rat” scene in the “Departed.” That rat is the left media positioning Rudolph to be the racist mark they desire to go on attack mode against white men in next year’s elections. Watch and see!

  9. objectivefbfan says:
    November 22, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    There’s a point where Garrett needs to accept that he crossed a line that never should have been crossed, a line that must never be crossed again.

    From my chair the only person thinking he isn’t is you. I think he gets it. But why wouldn’t you appeal it? Foundation of our justice system even if it is the NFL involved.
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    Why? As a Raider fan I can tell you why. There is a specific rule that was created a long time ago to address exactly this and he broke it, it’s the Alzado Rule…. besides that why, here’s another why…. in society, thats also called assault and its against the law, not just NFL rules so with all due respect, perhaps you were unaware of this.

    Why? lol

  10. Wow. Biased much? The whole free world knows what Garrett did. It’s on video. Garrett has accepted personal responsibility and apologized for his actions more than once since it happened. The question is not whether he did it, but whether the league’s discipline is acceptable under the NFLPA agreement. If I were him, I would not want to sit under the uncertainty of losing an indefinite number of paychecks either. I’ll take my lumps but I’d like to know how many there will be. And if, in fact, indefinite suspension is NOT within the league’s discretion under the NFLPA agreement, then I definitely would want my day in court on that.

  11. The Browns aren’t going anywhere this year. Sit it out now and get your punishment done. If he waits until next year, maybe they will be fighting for a playoff spot the would be disrupted by the inevitable suspension.

  12. What does “indefinite suspension” mean in terms of offseason activities? Is he banished from team facilities? Exempt from drug testing?

    Given that “indefinite” suspension is SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY THE CBA, it is probably worth a discussion by his legal team about what he can and cannot do in the offseason.

  13. If he did this the nfl should turn around and give him a 160 game suspension, thus no longer indefinite. Yea the players rep will appeal but he should learn to cut his losses. When he does come back the officials will be out to get him because whether the slur incident is real or not it paints the league in a bad light and The league holds grudges

  14. I’m so sick of the “he could have” or “what if”. Guess what, it didn’t. If you want to play that game, you can break someone’s neck by kicking their head even with a helmet on. Why is Pouncey excused because “he was protecting his qb”? Garrett was the one assaulted by Rudolph first. He was protecting himself. You could kill someone with a punch to the guy, ask Houdini. Albert Haynesworth stomped a helmetless player and actually did damage, could have killed the player, still only got 5 games. The ruling is simply pandering to the hysterical reaction by soft media and football fans.

  15. Sounds to me like some shyster lawyer has gotten to him. I hope he does sue because the only one who will win is the lawyer who will clean him out.

  16. Serious Irregularities ??

    Maybe this one….

    Garrett assaulted Rudolph….suspension upheld.

    Pouncey assaulted Garrett….suspension reduced.

    It wasnt pounceys issue…the only person that had sanity was David DiCastro… n good for him.

  17. Nobody has a right to play in NFL?

    I think that myth was dissolved decades ago when it was integrated?

    EVERYBODY has a right to play in the NFL…you just have to be good enough.

    Your rights only diminish when you do stupid things. Which in this case, was accomplished.

  18. hawks1124 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm
    Funny how all these Brown fans still don’t understand indefinite suspensions after having Josh Gordon. Nobody has a right to play in the NFL

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    Indefinite suspensions exist in the CBA for “off the field” activities, which relates to Gordon’s issues. There are no allowances in the CBA for indefinite suspensions for “on the field” activities. I think a lot of people would actually like to see the NFL abide by its agreements and actually show some consistency for once. Name the suspension and be done with it. For the record, I’m a Browns fan and I would have been ok with him being clipped for this season and half of next, but just make the freaking call.

  19. Now that i think about it….

    ‘Nobody has a right to play in the NFL’ … actually means that NOBODY is worthy enough of playing in this league…

    Which translates to if there are no worthy players…why is this something you watch?

  20. Wow, biased much? Of course, you guys were on the field when this brawl happened so of course you KNOW exactly what happened. It’s so obvious, right? There’s no way Rudolph could have said something because, well, just because…right? Those things don’t ever happen on football fields, right? Garrett is lying because, well, he didn’t saying at the beginning so why now? It couldn’t be he was advised not to? Is that even a remote possibility? No, I’m sure that didn’t happen because, well, it just didn’t, right? And what if Garrett did say something immediately? Most of you guys would have been like, yeah, I could see why may have snapped? It doesn’t justify his action, but it does explain it. Really? Most of you would have roasted him alive then as much as you do now.

  21. whenwilliteverend says:
    November 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Sounds like he still doesn’t think he did anything wrong. At least Burfict took his suspensions like a man instead of making every excuse in the world and trying to blame everyone else. Says a lot about Garrett and his character. Sure, I’d be unhappy if I just threw away ~$1.2M but I’d have been smart enough not to jeopardize it in the first place. He and AB can go have a beer together and complain to each other how they are being persecuted. He should just cut his losses and learn from it. I doubt he’ll learn anything from it except to claim to be a victim.

    I forgot that you were on the field when the incident happened so you know for sure that Garrett lied. I find it very coincidental that the league is saying there is no audio from the incident. I call BS. There was an official in the scrum. They are covering up something. That is a fact.

  22. A millionaire may sue a multi-billion dollar enterprise.
    The NFL could keep this mess tied up in court for years, until all of Garrett’s money disappears in lawyer fees.
    Myles would be better off just accepting his punishment, and then get to work on repairing his image.

  23. He doesn’t want to be get anywhere near a courtroom. A judge would look at the footage and immediately conclude that was in fact a criminal action and he’d be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

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