Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett isn’t backing off his assertion that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur prior to the incident that got Garrett suspended last season.
In an interview with ESPN’s "Outside The Lines," Garrett took things further and insinuated that the NFL withheld evidence that might support his claim.
The NFL has since responded with a statement, shared by Jake Trotter of ESPN, defending its investigation.
NFL: "We checked with the officiating crew, including the ref who was on top of the play and the ensuing aftermath. No player on either team came forward to say they heard (Rudolph) say it on the field…"— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) February 15, 2020
Basically, the NFL is saying there’s just nothing to hear from the audio recordings that are available from the Nov. 14 game, and that nobody the league interviewed heard Rudolph utter a racial slur.
For his part, Rudolph has come out with force against Garrett’s allegation.
1000% False.— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) February 15, 2020
I did not, have not, and would not utter a racial-slur.
This is a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character. https://t.co/mZcEcC0tCl
Garrett certainly was heated during the incident with Rudolph last season. As you might remember, he ripped Rudolph’s helmet right off his head and then slugged him over the head with it as a weapon.
The league suspended Garrett indefinitely, but this week he was reinstated after serving a six-game ban. Rudoplh was fined $50K.
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