*It’s the big story the sports world is talking about. If you missed it, last night (11-14-19), Cleveland Browns defensive player Myles Garrett went nuts and bashed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet.
You’re probably thinking Garret was upset because the Browns lost, yad, yada, yada. Well, guess what? That’s the exact opposite of what happened. Cleveland won the game 21-7!
In any event, now that the dust has cleared, Garrett is suspended indefinitely and will not suit up in a Cleveland Browns uniform for the rest of the season.
He’s not alone. Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Ogunjobi were also suspended for their roles in the ugly brawl at the end of Thursday night’s Browns vs Steelers game.
Here’s the NFL’s statement ...
“The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns organizations have each been fined $250,000 and three players — Cleveland’s Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, and Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey — have been suspended without pay for their actions in Thursday night’s game.”
“Garrett has been suspended without pay indefinitely — at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason — and must meet with the Commissioner’s Office prior to a decision on his reinstatement. He was also fined an additional amount.”
“Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
“Pouncey has been suspended without pay for three games and fined an additional amount for fighting, including punching and kicking an opponent.”
“Ogunjobi has been suspended without pay for one game and fined an additional amount for unnecessary roughness, specifically for shoving an opposing player to the ground during an altercation.”
“Additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”
“Under the collective bargaining agreement, the suspensions may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.”
ESPN’s “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith agreed with the NFL’s disciplinary action. “It’s unfortunate, Myles Garrett has to be suspended for the rest of the season… as a Black man, we’re going to be judged as a societal issue.”
If you missed it, her’s a recap[ of what happened: Garrett, a 23-year-old No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, tackled Rudolph, who no longer had the ball. Rudolph took exception to the late hit and began tussling with Garrett on the ground.
Garrett then ripped the 10-pound helmet off Rudolph’s head and hit him with it. Good lord, that had to hurt, bnot to mention, it could’ve resulted in a very serious injury to Rudolph.
“What we saw Thursday night was the closest thing to an on-field criminal act that there’s ever been in NFL history,” said Adam Schefter, the noted NFL analyst.
One Twitter user wrote, “The disrespect of hitting a QB with his own helmet. I’m flabbergasted. I don’t watch football like that, but that’s crazy.”
Another tweeted: “@PopeyesChicken, if you’re looking for a store manager, it looks like @MylesLGarrett will be free the rest of the year.”
And a third user tweeted: “Bye Myles Garrett!! You don’t deserve the privilege to play this game at any level. I’m disgusted!”
Don’t be surprised if you hear of Rudolph and his camp taking legal action against Garrett. We hear it’s being strongly considered.