Browns’ Freddie Kitchens speaks out on Myles Garrett after Mason Rudolph incident
Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett does not exactly have the greatest reputation right now.
Last Thursday, during the Browns’ win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Garrett got into a scuffle with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then proceeded to rip off Rudolph’s helmet and hit him over the head with it.
Garrett was hit with an indefinite suspension by the NFL, a ban that he will be appealing on Wednesday.
On Monday, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said that the team stands behind Garrett and that he does not think his star pass rusher is a bad person:
“Myles Garrett’s a good person,” Kitchens said, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. “We’re not going to pile on Myles. He had a bad lapse in judgment and that’s it. I’m still a Myles fan and I’m going to support him. Our organization is going to support him, his teammates, coaching staff will support him.”
While Kitchens supports Garrett, he also said that Garrett’s actions were inexcusable and that Garrett and the rest of the team knows that:
“There’s no excuse for that to happen on a football field,” Kitchens said. “I know that. Myles knows that. All the players in the locker room know that. That’s it. There’s no excuse. But, in saying that, we’re going to support Myles Garrett going forward in any way that he needs support.”
In 10 games this season, Garrett has logged 29 tackles, 10 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles.
The third-year pro and 2017 No. 1 overall pick made the Pro Bowl last year after racking up 44 tackles, 13.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.