No sign Rudolph used racial slur at Garrett


Steelers' center Maurkice Pouncey was handed a three-game suspension for punching and kicking Garrett, while Browns' defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension for pushing Rudolph in the back.

An NFL spokersperson said the league looked into Garrett's allegation but "found no such evidence" Rudolph uttered a racial slur, per Schefter.

"I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension", Garrett told the outlet on Thursday after news of his accusation leaked. "This was not meant for public dissemination or was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed".

"I know what I heard. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans".

The Steelers quickly issued a statement that denied the allegation of the racial slur and Rudolph was not available for comment on Thursday following practice as scheduled.

Rudolph hasn't publicly responded to the accusation beyond the statement from the Steelers and another from his agent characterizing Garrett's accusation as "wild and unfounded. This is reckless and shameful".

Rudolph initially called Garrett's actions "cowardly" after the game, according to a clip shared by reporter Clay Travis.

Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension was upheld Thursday afternoon, but the Browns and Steelers are still dealing with the fallout from the brawl sparked by Garrett striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet.

With Steelers guard David DeCastro pushing Garrett away, Rudolph charged at him to retrieve his helmet, and Garrett struck him over the head with it. "That would be the only reason". Rudolph hasn't been punished in regards to the fight, but a source told ESPN that he could be fined. Appeals officer James Thrash also questioned Garrett about how he might act differently in the future and Garrett explained that he would not let events escalate the way they did in future games.

Steelers star defensive lineman Cam Heyward also came out in support of his quarterback.

"He was pretty distraught".

"I know he wouldn't lie on nothin' like that. The biggest focus for us right now is - while in supporting him and being there for him as a brother, as a teammate - is to focus on the Dolphins".

"As for my involvement last week, there is no excuse, the bottom line is I should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation and I fell short in what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the National Football League".

"There were mistakes made by both people, but I don't think it ever got to a racial slur, personally", Heyward said.



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