Mason Rudolph Addresses Myles Garrett’s Racial Slur Accusation

The Steelers quarterback publicly addressed the situation for the first time Sunday

Steelers QB Addresses Myles Garrett's Racial Slur Accusation
Mason Rudolph of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass. (Stacy Revere/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / November 25, 2019 10:40 am

It was a rough Sunday for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

First, he was benched in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals and had to watch backup Devlin Hodges lead the Steelers to a 16-10 victory.

Then, after the game, he had to answer questions about whether or not he used a racial slur against Myles Garrett prior to the brawl that derailed Thursday Night Football a few weeks ago.

Publicly addressing the situation for the first time Sunday, the 24-year-old quarterback said he “couldn’t believe it” when word leaked out he was being accused of slurring Garrett.

“I think any human would be [distraught] in one day, when your integrity’s attacked and something’s said about you that’s totally untrue,” Rudolph said. “And I couldn’t believe it, and I couldn’t believe that he would go that route after the fact. But it is what it is. I think I’ve moved on, and … one day it was tough.”

In support of Garrett, Cleveland Brown fans created a Rudolph piñata and used a Steelers helmet to break it prior to their team’s win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Though he wasn’t suspended, Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his role in the Browns-Steelers brawl. Garrett was suspended indefinitely for his part in the incident and his appeal to reduce the suspension was denied by the NFL.

The Browns and Steelers will play for the second and final time this season on Sunday.

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