Myles Garrett said Mason Rudolph used a racial slur and insinuated that the league was holding back evidence that proves his allegation. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL took Myles Garrett’s “Outside the Lines” interview seriously enough that the league is clarifying some things about its investigation.

Garrett gave an extensive interview with the program and stated that he’d heard Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph call him a “stupid N-word,” which led to Garrett striking Rudolph with his helmet in the dying moments of Nov. 14’s Browns-Steelers game. At one point in the interview, Garrett questioned whether the NFL “wants to acknowledge” that it happened despite the league finding no evidence to support Garrett’s claims, which many saw as Garrett suggesting the NFL was covering something up.

On Saturday, the league issued a statement in response to the interview, reaffirming that no one on the field heard Rudolph use the alleged slur and explaining why no microphones would have picked it up even if he had.

Garrett waited a while to make the allegation publicly, though he reportedly did so immediately after the game in private. Rudolph has consistently denied the allegation and has been backed by his team. The NFL seems to have acted based on what evidence it had available, and the evidence simply did not back Garrett.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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