Myles Garrett wants to have “man-to-man” talk with Mason Rudolph

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Browns defensive end Myles Garrett doesn’t want to let last year’s incident with Mason Rudolph define who he is.

Toward that end, he said he’d like to sit and talk with the Steelers quarterback, as awkward as that conversation might be.

Garrett missed the last six games of last season after he was suspended for clocking Rudolph in the head with his own helmet. Garrett claimed the action was sparked by Rudolph calling him a racial slur, which Rudolph has vehemently denied. The NFL has investigated, and said there was no evidence of a slur, and Rudolph’s lawyer has threatened a lawsuit.

“If it were to happen, I’d be fine with it,” Garrett told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Not just fine, but I wouldn’t mind it and I’d be happy to make it happen, if there were a way. I’m not sure how I’d go about that, how I’d broach that. I’m not even sure if he’d want to do that but I wouldn’t have a problem sitting down with him and just not talking about the incident, just talking man-to-man, how we move forward, and just being better men and football players and not letting something like that happen again. Whether we can do that, I’m not sure, but I’d be willing to extend the olive branch and make that happen.”

Of course, the disparate versions of the story each of them tell about the night of Nov. 14 might make it hard to get them into the same room, much less to a point of reconciliation.

“It’d be like other instances where people agree to disagree,” Garrett said. “Just what I heard, just what you said you said and that’s what it is. If you say you didn’t say that, that’s okay, but that’s what I heard. It is what it is at the end of the day. We’re men and it shouldn’t be one situation that keeps you from respecting each other because you can’t look past that. If he wants to hold onto it, I’m not going to have any problems with him if he still has a problem with me.

“I’m just going to keep on playing the game and keep on doing my thing because I have a team and a defense that I still need to lead and I still need to perform for, so whatever we decided to do or make of this, it is what it is.”

Garrett said that he thought such a meeting could serve a greater good, but that he didn’t want any “grudges” to linger.

“And now our fates are intertwined forever, and so I don’t think we should leave it off like that, is my opinion,” Garrett said. “I feel like we should clear the air so there’s no problems and there’s no bad blood. Between our teams and our fans, the rivalry I feel like will live off of it, but between the players, I feel like it should always be competitive but never go over the line.”

The Browns obviously believe Garrett’s changed-man narrative, rewarding him with a five-year, $125 million contract extension this offseason. Whether Rudolph shares their view, or has any interest in sitting with Garrett, remains to be seen.

16 responses to “Myles Garrett wants to have “man-to-man” talk with Mason Rudolph

  1. Why stir this back up?
    Just say, “It’s in the past and let’s just turn the page.”
    Serves no purpose to rehash this episode, except to produce more drama.
    Move on.

  2. Garret trashed Rudolph publicly about this, multiple times, and now he wants to get over it but he brings it up again, and says “If he wants to hold onto it, I’m not going to have any problems with him if he still has a problem with me.” Sounds like Garret is still holding onto what he thinks Rudolph said. Get lost Garret.

  3. you don’t get to be the “Let’s hash this out and move forward” guy when you’re the one that cold clocked someone’s skull with a helmet. Maybe if Rudolph was the one offering this up I’d believe its genuine and not self-serving.

  4. Myles Garrett claimed Mason Rudolph used a racial slur, yet not one camera or recording device picked it up, nor did any referee or player on the field claim to hear it — not even one of his teammates.
    A person who lost his composure to the degree that Garrett did would surely have mentioned the slur after the game, as loudly and as often as possible, to anyone that would listen. Yet he never said a word about a racial slur until AFTER the fallout from his actions began to rain down on him.
    If I were Rudolph I’d tell Garrett I’d be happy to sit down with him, right after he holds a press conference and publicly admits he lied, the same way he publicly slandered Rudolph.

  5. People have been calling him a liar for 8 months now, so if I was him I wouldn’t drop it either.

  6. Myles Garrett is a dirty player who has had many late hits on QBs.
    He broke the foot of Trevor Siemien last year well after Siemien had passed the ball.
    The refs should have flagged that as they did flag Jamal Adams for shoving the QB a moment after the ball had been thrown as Admas was charging towards him.

    The NFL should review Myles Garretts plays and they will see a pattern of late hits, and the refs should keep an eye on him.

  7. Myles Garrett is lucky the nfl went easy on him. As far as Rudolph I don’t believe he said anything malicious. It’s beyond pathetic what Garrett attempted to do

  8. if I am Mason I wouldn’t dignify that liar with a response let alone meet with him.

    this is all a ploy on Myles part to somehow legitimize his version of events in his own mind.

  9. Myles…say you messed up, acknowledge why it was wrong, apologize…that’s what normal people did before cancel culture and we accepted it….

  10. I wonder if Garrett is like The Waterboy where he invents things in his head from opposing players to give himself the rage he needs on the field. Imagination blurs with reality

  11. Mutual forgiveness would be epic and a sign of hope in an otherwise apocalyptic 2020. Go for it boys – show these haters what bigger men can do and the next generation what we should do. You will be legends.

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