Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
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Steelers' Mike Tomlin adamantly defends Mason Rudolph against Myles Garrett's claims

Steelers' Mike Tomlin adamantly defends Mason Rudolph against Myles Garrett's claims

Myles Garrett restated his claim in a recent interview with ESPN that Rudolph called him a racial slur in the leadup to their end-of-fame fight last season.

"It was presented as a he said-he said situation, even to this day", Tomlin said, according to ESPN's Brooke Pryor.

Tomlin expanded on why he felt the ESPN discussion surrounding the Garrett interview was unfair to Rudolph. "Garrett, after originally apologizing to Mason Rudolph, has made the ill-advised choice of publishing the belated and false allegation that Mr. Rudolph uttered a racial slur on the night in question". And to be quite honest with you, we were a little hacked off by what we saw this weekend.

That follows what Dorsey said in a prepared statement November 21 in which he said Garrett "was open and honest with us about the incident from the start".

Myles Garrett was officially reinstated by the National Football League last week after serving what ended up being a six-game suspension for hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet. "I think [Rudolph's] reputation needs to be defended and defended aggressively". Not only in terms of Mason Rudolph's character but his professional pursuits.

Rudolph and the Steelers remained silent on Friday evening when the allegations first aired, but struck back Saturday morning, with vehement denials, pledges of support and the threat of a lawsuit. If Mason said what Myles claimed, it would have come out during the many interactions I had with those in the Browns organization.

Although Garrett insists Rudolph used the slur to provoke, the former No. 1 overall draft pick wants to put the incident behind him. Luckily for both parties, we have months before that will happen.


Rudolph initially engaged with Garrett on the ground, and then charged at him after Garrett forcibly removed Rudolph's helmet.

He noted that his appearance was not to attack Garrett, but to stand up for Rudolph.

"As we said at the time the allegation was made, we looked into the matter and found no such evidence", McCarthy said.

"Myself, personally, I was on the field immediately after the altercation and subsequently after the game". The spokesman added that linemen are mic'd up to amplify ambient sound but that the mics do not record and are shut off after the ball is snapped.

Asked how culpable Rudolph should be for his role in the brawl, Tomlin admitted he struggled with the thought.

"He got fined $50,000 for essentially getting beaten up", the coach said Monday. "I interacted with a lot of people in the Cleveland Browns organization - players and coaches". His reputation has been tarnished because of the allegations, none of which was founded.

Rudolph chose not to seek legal action against Garrett after the incident last fall, but the insinuation by his legal representatives that Garrett may "now exposed to legal liability" signals this situation may not be over for a long time to come.

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