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Browns star Myles Garrett claims Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur

Mason Rudolph, Myles Garrett

Cleveland Browns star pass rusher Myles Garrett is appealing the indefinite suspension that the NFL handed down to him for his role in the altercation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. In the appeal, Garrett is boldly claiming that Rudolph called him a racial slur, which escalated the situation.

Adam Schefter of ESPN shared the report about the alleged racial slur, which adds a new wrinkle to the entire situation.

According to ESPN sources, Garrett made the allegations during the opening comments of his appeal hearing that happened Wednesday night in New York. It created some conversation from both sides if this type of allegation was permissible.

On Wednesday, Rudolph denied saying anything to Garrett that set him off, and the Steelers released a statement on Thursday in support of their quarterback.

“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Rudolph’s attorney, Timothy M. Younger, also released a statement denying Garrett’s accusation and brought up that the Cleveland Browns defensive end had never brought up the accusations before. He also said these type of accusations are “reckless and shameful.”

Garrett was suspended indefinitely for the incident after ripping off Rudolph’s helmet and swinging it and striking Rudolph on the head.

Rudolph hasn’t been punished yet for his role, but he is expected to be fined and not suspended. Rudolph said on Wednesday that he would accept any type of punishment that was handed out to him.

The Steelers play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and Rudolph is expected to be on the field.