Myles Garrett Maintains Mason Rudolph Called Him a “Stupid N-word” Before NFL Brawl

The Browns defensive end reiterated the Steelers quarterback directed a racial slur at him

Browns Player Hits Steelers QB In Head With Helmet in "TNF" Brawl
Mason Rudolph of the Steelers fights with defensive end Myles Garrett. (Jason Miller/Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / February 14, 2020 9:45 am

In an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes, Myles Garrett stood by his allegation that quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur before last November’s ugly brawl between the Browns and Steelers.

“He called me the N-word,” Garrett said. “He called me a ‘stupid N-word.’”

“When he said it, it kind of sparked something, but I still tried to let it go and still walk away,” Garrett said. “But once he came back, it kind of reignited the situation. I don’t say the N-word, whether it’s with ‘a’ [or] ‘er.’ To me personally, just shouldn’t be said, and whether it’s by family, friends, anyone. I don’t want to use it because I don’t want [people to] find that appropriate around me for anyone to use.”

Garrett, who only accused Rudolph of using the word after he was suspended by the NFL for hitting the QB with his own helmet, was reinstated by the league earlier this week.

During its investigation of the matters, the NFL said it “found no such evidence” the word was used and Rudolph has strenuously denied the allegation since it was made. “It’s totally untrue. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe he would go that route after the fact,” Rudolph said in November.

Garrett did take some responsibility for what happened on the field and told Kimes the brawl was not entirely Rudolph’s fault. “It’s definitely both parties doing something that we shouldn’t have been doing,” he said.

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