Browns star Myles Garrett reiterates claim of racial slur from Mason Rudolph
Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett has been reinstated from his indefinite suspension, a ban that stemmed from an incident back in Week 11 of the 2019 campaign when he hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet.
Days after the melee occurred, Garrett accused Rudolph of hurling a racial slur at him, which Rudolph flatly denied.
But in an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes this week, Garrett once again said that Rudolph used a racial slur during the dust-up, saying that the signal-caller called him a “stupid N-word.”
“When he said it, it kind of sparked something, but I still tried to let it go and still walk away,” Garrett said, via . “But once he came back, it kind of reignited the situation. And not only have you escalated things past what they needed to be with such little time in the game left, now you’re trying to re-engage and start a fight again. It’s definitely not entirely his fault, it’s definitely both parties doing something that we shouldn’t have been doing.”
The fact that Garrett did not make the accusation right after the game had some wondering whether or not he was lying to cover up his actions, but Garrett said that he had intended things to remain private, which was why it did not surface until days later.
Rudolph was in disbelief at the time.
“It’s totally untrue. I couldn’t believe it,” Rudolph said following Garrett’s initial accusation. “I couldn’t believe he would go that route after the fact.”
In the 10 games he played this past season, Garrett totaled 29 tackles, 10 sacks, and a couple of forced fumbles.