There’s been a lot of fallout from the horrendous hit Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett leveled on Steelers QB Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. But while most people have been pointing to Garrett as the prime instigator, one ESPN analyst briefly pointed the finger at Rudolph.
In a now-deleted tweet, ESPN’s Josina Anderson said she’d bet that Garrett would say he heard Rudolph “call him something egregious” in defense of what he did.
I would bet Myles Garrett will say he heard Mason Rudolph call him something egregious. Never seen Garrett act like that, ever.
The seemingly obvious implication in that statement is that Garrett would potentially say he heard Rudolph use a slur.
While she quickly deleted the tweet, it was screencapped and Anderson was quickly raked over the coals for writing it.
ESPN NFL reporter immediately Tweets defense of Myles Garrett, implies Mason Rudolph said something racist. Deletes it. pic.twitter.com/VPMluuq7E5
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 15, 2019
— Eddie ⅯcClintock (@EddieMcClintock) November 15, 2019
— Peter Tripodis (@PeterTripodis) November 15, 2019
On the play in question, Garrett tackled Rudolph to the ground in one of the final plays of the game.
While being grappled to the ground by Garrett, Rudolph appeared to try and rip off Garrett’s helmet. Garrett responded by pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and while the two were being separated, Garrett swung the helmet at the Steelers QB.
That swing led to a massive brawl that saw Garrett tackled to the ground and later punched and kicked by a Steelers player. Meanwhile, a helmet-less Rudolph was hit in the back by a Browns player.
The whole incident is going to be reviewed by the NFL. Chances are, Garrett, Rudolph, and several others will be facing massive fines and possible suspensions.