NFL fines Mason Rudolph $50,000

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Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph did not get off easy in the altercation that saw him hit over the head with his own helmet by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

Rudolph, who grabbed the back of Garrett’s helmet while the two of them were on the ground at the end of the play, has been fined $50,000, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Garrett claimed Rudolph called him a racial slur, while the NFL said it found no evidence of that. So the league’s discipline is based on what could be seen on the video, and not on anything Rudolph may have said.

Some observers thought Rudolph should have been suspended along with Garrett, who has been banned for at least the rest of this season. Instead, Rudolph will get one of the biggest fines of any player in the league this season.

Rudolph may appeal the fine, and he’d have a good case for getting the amount reduced. Players who do not have any prior offenses usually get fines reduced as excessive if the amount of the fine exceeds 25 percent of the player’s weekly salary. Rudolph’s weekly salary is $38,722, so this fine is more than 100 percent of his weekly salary.

67 responses to “NFL fines Mason Rudolph $50,000

  1. “Some observers thought Rudolph should have been suspended along with Garrett”

    I don’t remember the league ever suspending a player for attempting to remove another player’s helmet, especially if it is a first offense which I believe this is for Rudolph.

  2. Rudolph deserves to be fined. He grabbed and pulled Garrett’s face mask and gave him a knee to the groin. He had a part in this.

  3. He should have been suspended too. In my experience most guys who need two people to help them finish fights they instigate are the same sort of guys who resort to racial slurs.

  4. So, his fine is actually costing him more than Larry Ogunjobi’s suspension? Especially since Ogunjobi gets a week off? Interesting…

  5. It is not a good look for the league. I mean Rudolph did more than saybLarry Ogunjobi and he was suspended.

  6. Rudolph didn’t just “try” to remove Garrett’s helmet first, he got it half off, which must have been choking Garrett. Rudolph deserves a 1 game or else some other players will feel doing that is ok – $50k isn’t much at all for the higher-paid guys.

  7. Hes a terrible player, he won’t last in the league any way. Garret will, and he’ll be one of the highest paid defensive players in the league when he signs his new contract. Everything will work out

  8. Mason will end up with a fine under $10k, which is probably fair for his small involvement in the situation.

  9. That’s just Playing the results. Garrett hits Rudolph late then throws him to the ground. Rudolph then is doing whatever he can to get Garret off of him ( grabbing at helmet, “kicking”). If everything stops there, then Rudolph would have had no fine or penalty or suspension. But , Garrett loses his mind and now because of that Rudolph should be fined???

  10. Lucky for Rudolph, he’s not good enough to keep his spot on the Steelers roster. Otherwise Garrett will terrorize him for the rest of his career, and it will be deserved.

  11. Just watch, a bunch of Steeler fans will probably start a GoFundMe account to play Rudolph’s fine for him.

  12. streetyson says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    $50k isn’t much at all for the higher-paid guys.
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    Did you read the article? Rudolph’s fine is 129% of his weekly salary. So, if the fine stands, he is playing not being paid for this Sunday’s game, and for a little over a quarter of next week’s game against the Browns. So his fine actually costs him more than Ogunjobi’s suspension.

  13. jerruhjones says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    The largest fine but no suspended games. How does that work? Rigged.
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    So, let me think. I screw up at work. Would I rather lose a week’s pay and have a week off of work, or lose about 6+ days’ pay and still have to go to work? Hmmmm…that’s a tough one.

  14. johnnycantread says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    Just watch, a bunch of Steeler fans will probably start a GoFundMe account to play Rudolph’s fine for him.
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    Excellent idea. Perhaps Browns fans could do the same for Damarious Randall? Oh, wait, he has not been fined for what was likely the second worst illegal hit in that game. Nor have either of the 2 players that hit Ju-Ju.

  15. Even if it was a late hit, which it wasn’t, that’s not starting a fight. Every quarterback gets hit late every game. None of them try to rip off a helmet. Putting your hands on somebody like that is starting a fight. Garrett allowed himself to be separated once he accomplished his mission of ripping off Mason’s helmet. Then like a little chihuahua Mason decides to escalate the situation and paid a stupid tax for it. Now he is going to pay more. At the end of the day he will be a journeyman backup quarterback, Garrett will likely sign a contract worth over 100 million dollars and be considered for the Hall of Fame, and most likely be in the Hall of Fame.

  16. Yeah, totally deserved! Rudolph going out there and hitting Garrett’s helmet with his head was totally uncalled for!

  17. rustygrizzwald says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    In my experience most guys who need two people to help them finish fights they instigate are the same sort of guys who resort to racial slurs.
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    You do come across as the kind of guy who would do that. Thank you for sharing this embarassing fact about yoursel while trying and failing to make a larger mind-reading point about Rudolph.

  18. Didn’t look like Rudolph did anything to warrant a fine unless he did say racial stuff. Garrett was laying on him after the play and pinning him down. Everytime you see a guy doing that, the guy below takes a shot a shove or otherwise to get the guy off. All the disrespect was made on Garrett’s end, and all Rudolph’s involvement was getting him Miles out of his face.

  19. Didn’t look like Rudolph did anything to warrant a fine unless he did say racial stuff. Garrett was laying on him after the play and pinning him down. Everytime you see a guy doing that, the guy below takes a shot a shove or otherwise to get the guy off. All the disrespect was made on Garrett’s end, and all Rudolph’s involvement was getting him Miles out of his face.

  20. the nfl knows how much rudolph makes. This strikes me as a-we know what you did -fine.

    I bet he does not appeal it.

  21. Rudolph didn’t just “try” to remove Garrett’s helmet first, he got it half off, which must have been choking Garrett. Rudolph deserves a 1 game or else some other players will feel doing that is ok – $50k isn’t much at all for the higher-paid guys.

    You wouldn’t be making that comment if it was Brady….so just stop your bias fools no one.

    Rudolphs fine was appropriate as was Garretts

  22. Miles will forever be known as the NFL’s “Jussie Smollet”. Making up BS racial stories and claiming some guy punched him in the face in downtown Cleveland a week or two prior to this incident. Very bad look Browns fans, very bad.

  23. I think 1 game suspension should of been added..the fact remains he kept after Garret even after both got up and 2 Steelers joined the ruckus Mason didn’t let up he was trying to still go after Garret even with 2 buddies in his way.. so yeah he did more than JUST try take off Garret’s helmet.

  24. How come these article’s never mention Rudolph chasing after Garret after they were separated and trying to continue the fight? That’s what he should be suspended for, not the original scuffle on the ground. That stuff was heat of the moment, he had to then get up and run after Garret to continue the assault.

    He had time to rethink his actions. Garret seemed fine after being separated until Rudolph came in swinging trying to get a few easy shots in while Garret was being held.

  25. Rudolph has already taken one of the ugliest cheap shots to to the head earlier in the year against Baltimore. In this game he has Myles Garrett just pinning him down after a late sack and the dude is like get off me. Then gets slammed in the head by his own helmet only to take another full run up sucker shot in the back by the other expansion brown franchise lineman. Really what else can Rudolph do in that situation. To me looks like he took a while lot of sucker cheap shots for no reason.

  26. Clearly Garrett’s punishment is deserved, but it also takes two to tango. Rudolph was tearing at the helmet, yelling (regardless), kicking in the stones, and running toward the fight after being back on his feet. Under the circumstances, $50K is ridiculous.

  27. TribeOfOne
    Nov 23, 2019, 2:11 PM EST
    Even if it was a late hit, which it wasn’t, that’s not starting a fight. Every quarterback gets hit late every game. None of them try to rip off a helmet. Putting your hands on somebody like that is starting a fight. Garrett allowed himself to be separated once he accomplished his mission of ripping off Mason’s helmet. Then like a little chihuahua Mason decides to escalate the situation and paid a stupid tax for it. Now he is going to pay more. At the end of the day he will be a journeyman backup quarterback, Garrett will likely sign a contract worth over 100 million dollars and be considered for the Hall of Fame, and most likely be in the Hall of Fame.
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    Whoa, let’s pump the brakes there, Nostradamus.

  28. So are the Browns still a lock for the Super Bowl this year? Sorry, I haven’t been paying much attention to the games.

  29. What was there like less than a minute left in the game that really was already over? I guess that’s when Garrett thought it was a good time to teach the no name QB a lesson. Garrett proved to be the aggressor from the start only to escalate it using the helmet as a weapon after the QB tried to defend himself. If you can’t figure that out by now… well, then you are a moron.

  30. Let’s get real. Steelers owners are a powerful group. Suspending him would all but put them out of playoff contention and their huge fan base would be lost. Ya that was never going to happen.

  31. Total garbage…he gets fined for getting his head smashed in? Garret instigated the entire episode.

  32. He should have been suspended at least one game. I guess QBs that get upset they threw a bunch of picks, have a crappy game, and then start a fight are protected by the league. SMH. I in no way condone what Garrett did but to not suspend Mason at least a game is ridiculous.

  33. Rudolph should have been fined AND suspended for a game. He was trying to remove Garrett’s helmet and then kneed him as well as getting in his face when he should have walked away. Not defending Garrett at all, He deserves whatever he gets and then some. Rudolph had a hand in this and then unfortunately it escalated terribly.

  34. How did Garrett instigate it?? He didn’t even get a flag on that hit, nothing wrong with that hit and take down at all! That’s a football play they shouldn’t have run a pass play down that much anyway with the game out of reach and 20 seconds left or so. Rudolph started it b kicking, pulling, kicking then twisting M G’s helmet. He could have broken Garrett’s neck! And then rushing him again at the end like a crazy man. No surprise rudy got the largest fine.

  35. Jessica Brock says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Rudolph deserves to be fined. He grabbed and pulled Garrett’s face mask and gave him a knee to the groin. He had a part in this.

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    THERE WAS NO KNEE TO THE GROIN!!!!!

    What video are you watching?

  36. Both are guilty.
    Neither should try to act like an innocent bystander.
    Rudolph should have been suspended for at least 2 games plus 2 game checks.
    Both teams’ fans should be ashamed of their teams… and ashamed of themselves, if they are defending the actions of those involved.

  37. rogoceo says:
    November 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    Jessica Brock says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Rudolph deserves to be fined. He grabbed and pulled Garrett’s face mask and gave him a knee to the groin. He had a part in this.

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    THERE WAS NO KNEE TO THE GROIN!!!!!

    What video are you watching?
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    Not only did he knee him to the groin after that he try to kick him there with his foot. I think you need to put the glasses on and rewatch the video it was pretty clear.

  38. rogoceo says:

    THERE WAS NO KNEE TO THE GROIN!!!!!
    What video are you watching?

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    Rudolph’s foot was planted in Myles’ groin.
    It may not have been his knee, but it wasn’t a ticket to an ice cream social either.

  39. “He should have been suspended too. In my experience most guys who need two people to help them finish fights they instigate are the same sort of guys who resort to racial slurs.“

    Probably for the best that you’re not in charge of anything.

  40. johnnycantread says:
    November 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    Both are guilty.
    Neither should try to act like an innocent bystander.
    Rudolph should have been suspended for at least 2 games plus 2 game checks.
    Both teams’ fans should be ashamed of their teams… and ashamed of themselves, if they are defending the actions of those involved.

    I am a Browns fan andI am not defending M G no way he should of done what he did and I am good with his punishment I guess although I do wish they would just set a number of games. And I do believe that rudolph should be suspended too for a couple of games at least as well as fined. The damn shame of it is we finally beat them and beat them pretty good and we got to enjoy the win for maybe 30 seconds. I do think we will beat them again next Sunday too though, we have the better team right now. Go Browns!

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