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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin ‘took offense’ to Myles Garrett’s racial slur claim on Mason Rudolph

Mike Tomlin, Myles Garrett, Mason Rudolph, Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is none too pleased with Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett, who is sticking by his assertion that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph hurled a racial slur at him prior to Garrett hitting Rudolph over the head with a helmet back in Week 11 of this past season.

While appearing in ESPN First Take on Monday morning, Tomlin said that he “took offense” to Garrett’s statement about Rudolph, via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Many felt the timing of Garrett’s initial accusation to be odd, as he didn’t bring it up until days after the incident.

Garrett was indefinitely suspended for his actions in the brawl and was recently reinstated by the NFL. Upon reinstatement, the pass rusher once again said that Rudolph used a racial slur during the fracas.

Rudolph has fiercely denied that any such thing occurred.

The Browns went on to win that game in Cleveland, but the Steelers got their revenge a couple of weeks later, topping the Garrett-less Browns by a score of 20-13 at Heinz Field.

Neither team made the playoffs, with Cleveland going just 6-10 in spite of Super Bowl aspirations heading into the season. Pittsburgh was 8-5 at one point and seemed primed for a postseason berth, but the Steelers proceeded to lose their last three games to close the 2019 campaign, failing to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight year.

Obviously, this is certainly something to keep an eye on going into 2020, as it seems rather safe to assume that the bad blood between the two sides has not been squelched.