The NFL “discovered no such proof” that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at Cleveland Browns defensive live Myles Garrett precise prior to remaining week’s brawl, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday.
Garrett made the allegation for the length of an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.
The valuable particular person defensive live issued an announcement later Thursday, saying he stood by his claim and expressing disappointment it leaked.
“I changed into once assured that the hearing changed into once put that afforded the various to talk brazenly and truthfully in regards to the incident that resulted in my suspension,” he said. “This changed into once now not intended for public dissemination, nor changed into once it a convenient are attempting and interpret my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed.
“I do know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s commentary changed into once born out of frustration or lack of recordsdata, I will’t issue. But his actions stop now not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I if reality be told remorse the affect this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”
Earlier Tuesday, the Steelers said Rudolph denied the accusation.
“Mason vehemently denies the represent of being accused of utilizing a racial slur for the length of the incident Thursday evening in Cleveland,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in an announcement. “He’s now not going to talk about this accusation any extra and his focal point stays on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”
On Wednesday, Rudolph told reporters he didn’t issue the leisure to provoke Garrett or escalate the concern.
Contacted after the allegations had been reported, Rudolph’s licensed official, Timothy M. Youthful, said: “In step with ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur towards him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate are attempting and mitigate his suspension. It is a lie. This untrue allegation changed into once never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never steered prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology printed by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.
“The malicious use of this wild and faux allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is a lot worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and grievous. We are in a position to take into accout no extra commentary.”
Garrett made the allegation as fragment of his preliminary feedback for the length of the appeal hearing in Fresh York, sources said. It created an argumentative alternate about whether or now not the allegation changed into once permissible to be frail in the appeal for the time being.
When the allegation changed into once made, appeals officer James Thrash remained stoic and took copious notes, sources said. He did demand Garrett a quiz about how he could act in a different way at some point soon, and Garrett conveyed he wouldn’t let events escalate cherish that any other time.
Garrett’s indefinite suspension changed into once upheld on Thursday, the NFL announced.
“As we now take into accout continuously said, our organizational enhance for Myles will continue,” Cleveland total supervisor John Dorsey said in an announcement. “He’s a man of excessive personality and unquestionable integrity. He changed into once beginning and factual with us in regards to the incident from the launch. He has taken accountability for his actions on Thursday evening and this concern is now not going to stipulate him.”
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens agreed.
“I take into accout the identical sentiments,” he said on his coaches tell. “I don’t quiz Myles’ personality in any respect. The form of particular person he’s. He’s never wavered along with his personality. I could continuously enhance Myles Garrett without wavering one bit, precise cherish the group.”
Garrett changed into once suspended for ripping off and swinging Rudolph’s helmet, hitting the quarterback in the head with it, with seconds remaining in remaining Thursday’s game. In saying Garrett’s suspension Friday, the NFL also said Garrett must meet with the commissioner’s role of enterprise earlier than being reinstated.
Rudolph at the beginning tussled with Garrett on the bottom after which charged at him after Garrett forcibly removed the helmet. Rudolph hasn’t been punished, but a source told ESPN that a stunning is anticipated. The quarterback said he would observe no topic self-discipline the league hands out.
Sources told ESPN that Garrett told some in the Browns group that he changed into once going to assert some sensitive recordsdata as fragment of his appeal.
Kitchens on Thursday declined to deal with his discussions with Garrett in regards to the incident.
“What Myles and I talk about stays between Myles and I,” Kitchens said. “I’m sure Myles introduced himself professionally, cherish he’s accomplished ever for the reason that moment it came about [and] in a while. He’s been nothing but official in his responses.”
A desire of Browns gamers said Thursday that they hadn’t heard about Garrett’s accusation. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he believed his teammate.
“I precise don’t peek Myles as someone who would lie or stop the leisure cherish that,” Beckham said. “At this point, it is miles what it is miles. We’re all precise extra or less waiting and precise hoping that justice is served.”
A source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that Garrett also frail a precedent-primarily based entirely mostly argument for the length of the appeal hearing, citing the NFL’s punishment of frail Houston Texans defensive live Antonio Smith, who changed into once suspended in 2013 for two preseason games and one regular-season game for swinging his helmet at then-Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Garrett and the NFL Avid gamers Association also argued that an indefinite suspension is now not licensed under the league’s collective bargaining settlement, according to the source.
Two assorted gamers had been suspended from the brawl. Steelers heart Maurkice Pouncey purchased a three-game suspension for punching and kicking Garrett, and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi purchased a one-game suspension for shoving Rudolph in the relieve.
Ogunjobi’s ban changed into once upheld by Thrash on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this represent.