NFL investigated Myles Garrett’s claim that a racial slur was used by Mason Rudolph

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In an earlier item regarding the absence of recorded audio evidence confirming or debunking Browns defensive end Myles Garrett‘s claim that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur just before Garrett removed Rudolph’s helmet and whacked him over the head with it, it was mentioned that the league could have separately investigated the situation.

As it turns out, the league did.

“We checked with the officiating crew, including the ref who was on top of the play and the ensuing aftermath,” NFL V.P. of communications Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “No player on either team came forward to say they heard him say it on the field. There was also no indication of any players saying they heard him say it in their postgame comments.”

Of course, Garrett said that he heard it. And Rudolph has denied saying it. The league, which has resolved multiple factual disputes like this within the context of the Personal Conduct Policy, has skilled interrogators who know how to ask probing questions — and who know how to assess the credibility of those being questioned. The league could have met with Garrett and with Rudolph, in an effort to resolve which man is telling the more believable story.

That will still happen, if Rudolph sues Garrett. But the league won’t be controlling the process; it will be driven by Rudolph’s and Garrett’s lawyers and presented to a judge and a jury, if Rudolph files a defamation lawsuit.

71 responses to “NFL investigated Myles Garrett’s claim that a racial slur was used by Mason Rudolph

  1. I would think if this was the case, someone would have heard it.. This simply to protect Garrett from Rudolph suing him. What’s lost in all this is whether something was said, is the fact that response was WRONG…. If you do this on the street, you are going to jail. No matter who said what. This is a pattern that has been in place the past 15-20 years in life, politics and sports. Deflect blame to try and excuse your own actions. Rudolph should be held accountable if he did use a rcial slur, but nothing excuses how Garrett acted. Period…

  2. Even if we believe Mason called him a bad name you can’t start swinging a weapon at thier head. Makes matter worse that nobody believes Myles and then he keeps whining that Rudolph started it.

  3. Rudolph lacks credibility. He has established a repeated pattern of promoting hostile viewpoints on twitter and other social media. It’s more likely than not he used malicious slurs toward Garrett. I have a PhD in sociology. This fits a clear archetype.

  4. Rudolph kicked Garrett twice in the groin. Look at the tape and tell me who is the honorable one.

  5. Just give this up. Garrett went off because Rudolph tried to kick him in the junk. Just give this up. He should have said something on the field or in the locker room if he was so outraged. I’m a Browns fan and I know he’s full of crap. Why did he wait to tell the truth and come out immediately if that was done to him and he was so offended? Because it NEVER happened and he has great lawyers.

  6. When it’s all said and done, Mason Rudolph will still only be known as that guy who was hit over the head by Myles Garrett.

  7. NFL officials will be providing testimony of what they did and did not do to investigate. More shenanigans from Goodell. Didn’t he backtrack on his Ray Rice testimony?

  8. Lets analyze..

    1 of them is lying

    If its Mason Rudolph..he used a racial slur and is now lying and denying that he did it..

    If it’s Garretts…he MADE UP that someone used a Racial Slur and then doubled down on it..

    Garret is the POS in this one in my book

  9. “We checked with the officiating crew, including the ref who was on top of the play and the ensuing aftermath,” NFL V.P. of communications Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “No player on either team came forward to say they heard him say it on the field. There was also no indication of any players saying they heard him say it in their postgame comments.”

    That included Garrett. He didn’t think he did anything wrong. It was only after he was suspended that he used it as an excuse for his actions so he wouldn’t lose all that money. He’s a liar.

  10. Remember that time that guy who did something so malicious that he needed to create a reason, so that society might accept his inexcusable actions, to cover up his stupidity.

    Ya, his name is Myles Garrett and he was only suspended 6 games.

  11. Garrett complained about this right after it happened. Rudolph denied it then. Pouncey said he didn’t hear anything. NFL asked around and the Refs didn’t hear anything. Bottom line is something might have been whispered in an ear hole at the bottom of the pile. Or not. Maybe he heard something that sounded like it. We’ll probably never know.
    However, as Tony Dungey pointed out, even if it was said, you have to ignore it. The field is no place to get your revenge. Garrett should drop this and just keeps sacking QBs whether they’re named Rudolph or not. That’s all he has to do to get back at anyone.

  12. The absence of proof is not the same as proof itself. That said, Garret had no justification for what he did. I’m sure worse things are said all the time.

  13. As a young boy, a long time ago, I was taught that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. I guess not all kids learn that.

  14. Garrett tried to use the slur as an excuse simply because he thought it would never get out. That’s why it wasn’t mentioned prior to the meeting. Once it came out he had no choice but to double down.

  15. Some people are saying Garrett is a model citizen. The kind of player any team would want. Intelligent. Respectful. This play was totally out of character for him, etc.

    I’m sorry but his actions say something very different. He keeps blaming Rudolph for “starting it”. Lie. Watch the replay. What started it was Myles Garrett needlessly pulling Rudolph to the ground and bear hugging him.

    Garrett has received multiple fines for illegal hits. Now he appears to be lying again about hearing the n word, while using that as a pathetic excuse for what amounts to assault with a weapon.

    People need to stop defending this guy.

  16. Browns don’t deserve Browns fans says:
    February 15, 2020 at 4:23 pm
    When it’s all said and done, Mason Rudolph will still only be known as that guy who was hit over the head by Myles Garrett.
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    So if the NFL turns 150 with a 30 game season and with 45 teams this could make it onto their, “Worst things that ever happened on the field,” list.

  17. The NFL’s investigators are so skilled at interogation that they let off both Ray Rice and Kareem Hunt until video evidence surfaced……………..

  18. Garrett should have to play the next game Cleveland plays against the Steelers without a helmet. Should being called a bad name justify trying to kill someone?

  19. If you lost control because somebody used a racial slur towards you there is no way you wouldn’t be screaming at everybody that came on to the field “he called me a *”

  20. its just a excuse to try and justify his actions, and instead of being a man and admitting it and owning up to it, he has taken the child route of doubling down on his lie.

  21. Why didn’t the NFL investigate Antonio Brown using racial slurs against white employees of the team? More double standard hypocrisy on display. No outrage by the likes of Stephen A Smith and the media regarding that.

  22. To those Browns fans who cling to the junk kicking excuse as “he started it”: when someone bear hugs you, drags you to the ground, and lays on top of you long after the play has ended keeping you down, the leg/knee is the only leverage that can be used to get in between him and pry yourself apart. It ended up in his junk, so what, Garret should have released when they hit the ground.

  23. Mason will be the new Krapernick. Both lost their job because they’re terrible QBs. Now Mason will go on a social justice spree and claim he’s being blackballed because of Myles’ lies. Book it.

  24. I have seen this claim of things Rudolph has supposedly said on Twitter, and since deleted a few times. Where is the evidence of these tweets? I see nothing even making reference to all these statements made by Rudolph. Also, if none of these supposed tweets included the word he is supposed to have called Garrett, or disparaging words toward another group of people, what’s the point. I’m not kidding, I would love to see these alleged tweets.

  25. @stubborndata said Rudolph has repeatedly promoted hostile viewpoints on Twitter, so I went and checked his Tweets going back four years and there is no hostile tweets. Apparently, @stubborndata has no problem lying.

  26. I was in the first row at that end zone and I heard someone yell munchkins. I couldn’t tell who said it, but I definitely heard it

  27. Obviously stubborndata, never even finished HS, obviously his PhD is in lies and being a sociopath

  28. Rudolph supporters should watch the play several times, it was kind of a late hit but in Garrett defense he tought Rudolph still had the football, it was obvios that they exchanged some words before Garrett went wild and those weren’t any love words for sure.
    Racial slur or not seems likely Rudolph had something to say to that violent hit and frustrated afternoon he was having.

  29. thermanmerman99 says:

    Why didn’t the NFL investigate Antonio Brown using racial slurs against white employees of the team?
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    Because other people heard it, there was no dispute. But naturally the media has buried that one.

  30. Enhanced microphones everywhere and nothing of the sort was picked up. Pouncey would have heard and I don’t think he’d keep quiet teammate or not. James Harrison, who never holds back, said on Bayless’s show that he talked to guys that were there and nothing like what Garret claims was ever said.

    Make up your own mind, but really, noone there was going to cover for a relative nobody like Rudolph. Garret did a garbage thing smearing a guy like this.

  31. If they really want to get to the truth have some investigators dig into Mason Rudolph past from elementary school , middle school , high school , college,and now , and watch how many skeletons come out of his closet he knows he is not squeeky clean if I were him I would squash the whole thing and get my money before his so called friends , ex girlfriends , ex classmates , and ex colleagues start coming out of the woodworks talking about all the racial slurs he has ever used lawyers , and television fame have a way of exposing hidden secrets , and he is not big Ben so the Steelers will leave him out to dry when it gets to that point their not going to spend millions of dollars on a nobody QB they are probably going to cut anyway .

  32. @stubborndata

    If these tweets ever existed, why, in the 100s of articles written on the Garrett/Rudolph altercation, do none of them make reference to such tweets? I mean, I’ll stand corrected if you can point them out, since according to you, they are quite easy to find. I pretty much believe that if there were such tweets, every sports organization would have been blasting them 24/7 when the incident happened.

  33. Imagine if a black person called a white person a racist term and they had video of it. I wonder what would happen. My guess is that team would cut him, then an AFC contender would sign him. And he would make millions if he wasn’t a Complete clown. And the white person wouldnt get an interview with bspn.

  34. There were 10s of thousands of fans screaming at the time so it could very easily gone unheard by other players and refs on the field.

    But even so the fact that Garrett waited days to bring this up doesn’t feel right to me. That should have been his immediate defense after the game if so. As in “I know what I did in swinging the helmet was the wrong action, but I lost my temper when he used a racial slur to me”

  35. F he said what garrett claims I am pretty sure even his teammates would not have defended him they did then and have continued to do so

  36. Garrett is just trying to present what he thinks is a plausible justification for why he went berserk. In today’s “woke” Era this would excuse it for many people. It doesn’t for me. Doesn’t justify an action that could have killed another person.

  37. steelpenguin6687 says:
    February 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm
    I have seen this claim of things Rudolph has supposedly said on Twitter, and since deleted a few times. Where is the evidence of these tweets? I see nothing even making reference to all these statements made by Rudolph. Also, if none of these supposed tweets included the word he is supposed to have called Garrett, or disparaging words toward another group of people, what’s the point. I’m not kidding, I would love to see these alleged tweets.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    They are likely as “factual” as that PhD

  38. I have no doubt that Garret’s lawyer did not correctly advise him not to mention the non-existent racial slur – again. If I’m Rudolph I’m suing Garretts butt, til the cows come home.

  39. Although I believe Rudolph is telling the truth I think suing Garrett could backfire on him. This could make a fellow black teammate take up for their friend Garrett.

  40. I Do not agree with what he did, but let me ask you if an individual tried to commit harm on you and you disarmed the individual and then confronts you ADMITTEDLY ….what would you do?… I would take action, and call the authorities, I personally do not know what the readers here would do….that is just my opinion, hate or like it all you want. open to all opinions, thank you.

    Two sides to every story especially on “Video” non-recorded tape

  41. If he can’t prove it (he can’t because it didn’t happen) then suspend him again. Myles is the new Jussie Smollet. Man up Garrett.

  42. The broadcasters obviously catch every sound from where they point their cameras, they just dont broadcast them all. The whole “mic’d up” thing is not about ability to hear, its about permission.

  43. Let’s say he did say it, am supposed to then accept that it somehow excuses his taking off the helmet and hitting the man in the head?
    .
    The fact he thinks this would somehow justifies actions speaks volumes. Suspend him the entire season.

  44. Lawyer: “Well Myles, you have two options. Option A: you take responsibility for being a punk and starting a street brawl on an NFL football field. Option B: you play the race card and try to destroy another man’s career so you don’t have to own up to option A.

    Myles: “I’ll take option B.”

  45. “He called me a name” is a pathetic excuse for yanking someone’s helmet off and hitting him with it.

  46. I think there is very easy solution to the truth.Give a lie detector test.And we all know how this turns out.

  47. Garrett “He called me a name so I ripped his helmet off and bashed him over the head with it!” Stupid!

  48. Rudolph tried yanking his helmet off, watch the replay. Rudolph started it and Garrett finished it. Rudolph looked like a cry baby out there.

  49. At the time of the incident Rudolph and Garret were surround by Pittsburgh Steelers. Why would they lie about it? He is a terrible player. I think the Steeler’s punishment should have been to force them to start him for the rest of the season.

  50. The bigger question is who is the leak in the NFL office? Leaking confidential info to ESPN is shameful.

  51. Says alot about how corrupt the NFL is. Reminds me of the confidential survey/info that was leaked by MLB.

  52. I’m sorry, whether he said it or not is irrelevant; smashing someone’s head with a helmet is not an appropriate response to anything someone says.

  53. @lrmckanney says:
    February 15, 2020 at 7:03 pm
    If they really want to get to the truth have some investigators dig into Mason Rudolph past from elementary school , middle school , high school , college,and now , and watch how many skeletons come out of his closet he knows he is not squeeky clean if I were him I would squash the whole thing and get my money before his so called friends , ex girlfriends , ex classmates , and ex colleagues start coming out of the woodworks talking about all the racial slurs he has ever used lawyers , and television fame have a way of exposing hidden secrets , and he is not big Ben so the Steelers will leave him out to dry when it gets to that point their not going to spend millions of dollars on a nobody QB they are probably going to cut anyway .
    =================================================
    That was an impeachment type response.

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