Myles Garrett's Postgame Interview Should Silence Anyone Blaming the Brawl on Mason Rudolph


What was a great night for the Cleveland Browns quickly turned bittersweet Thursday at FirstEnergy Stadium when star defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and used it to club him in the head.

The incident occurred in the final seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 victory over the Steelers. It was the first time the Browns have beat the Steelers in five years, and the first time in franchise history they have beat AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens and the Steelers in the same season.

But now instead of looking ahead and charting a course to the playoffs, the 4-6 Browns are left dealing with the aftermath of an ugly incident that resulted in their best player being suspended for at least the remainder of the season.

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Garrett was ejected from the game along with Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who punched and kicked Garrett after the incident with Rudolph.

This won’t be the first time in 2019 that an incident involving Garrett has required league discipline. He has already been fined twice by the league, once for a punch and once for unnecessary hits to a quarterback.

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Most fans, pundits and even teammates have been in agreement that Garrett’s actions were wholly uncalled for, though a small but disturbingly adamant group insists that Rudolph must have done something to deserve the attack.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson seemed to suggest that Rudolph’s intentions were just as bad as Garrett’s but that he wasn’t able to carry them out because he’s smaller and weaker.

While it is true that Rudolph did appear to attempt to pry off Garrett’s helmet after the very late hit, there is no doubt that removing an opponent’s helmet is quite different from using an opponent’s helmet as a weapon.

ESPN personality Josina Anderson, in a since-deleted tweet, implied that Rudolph must have said something offensive to Garrett to elicit such a reaction.

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Cleveland media personality Daryl Ruiter emphasized Rudolph’s role in his retelling of events, strangely calling the quarterback’s attempt to get Garrett off of him a “groin kick.”

While others tried to defend Garrett by implicating Rudolph, the defensive end did nothing of the sort when being interviewed after the game.

When asked whether Rudolph said something to spark the incident, Garrett said, “You just gotta go look at it. I’m not gonna comment on it.”

If there was some outrageous insult said by Rudolph, Garrett had his chance to make it known. Since he didn’t, it’s safe to assume the insult wasn’t there.

Garrett went on to call his actions “embarrassing,” saying, “What I did was foolish and I shouldn’t have allowed myself to slip like that.”

If Garrett isn’t even attempting to defend his actions, why are so many others?

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Jake Harp has been with The Western Journal since 2014. His writing primarily focuses on sports and their intersection with politics, culture, and religion.
Jake Harp joined Liftable Media in 2014 after graduating from Grove City College. Since then he has worked in several roles, mostly focusing on social media and story assignment. Jake lives in Western New York where, in a shocking display of poor parenting, he tries to pass down his Buffalo sports fandom to his daughter.
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