The finish of Thursday’s sport between the Steelers and Browns was absolute mayhem. There was a brawl that had gamers on each groups ejected and sure suspended. But it was greater than that due to the unprecedented motion that began the struggle.
With 5 seconds on the clock, and the Browns up, 21-7, Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the finish of a play. He then used that helmet as a blunt weapon. He swung it at Rudolph’s head, linked, and began a bench-clearing brawl close to the tip zone.
Steelers heart Maurkice Pouncey punched and kicked a downed Garrett in retaliation. He was joined by his fellow offensive linemen in putting Garrett after he was wrestled to the bottom. Then each groups received concerned and it received even messier:
Garrett, Pouncey and Larry Ogunjobi have been the gamers ejected on the play. You can see Ogunjobi hitting Rudolph after Garrett hit him with the helmet.
Not that it excuses something, however Garrett’s anger can seemingly be attributed to Rudolph apparently attempting to drag off his helmet previous to the brawl:
What the Browns and Steelers stated after the sport
Speaking to Erin Andrews after the sport, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was fast to sentence the entire thing.
“I didn’t see why it started, but it’s inexcusable,” Mayfield stated. “I don’t care, rivalry or not, we can’t do that. That’s kind of the history of what’s been going on here — hurting yourself — and that’s just endangering the other team. It’s inexcusable. [Garrett] knows that. I hope he does now. It’s tough.”
Mayfield was blunt when saying what it means for Garrett and the Browns going ahead.
“The reality is, he’s going to get suspended. We don’t know how long, and that hurts our team. We can’t do that. We can’t continue to hurt this team.”
Pouncey was requested if Garrett needs to be suspended.
“Absolutely, 100 percent,” Pouncey stated. “We’ll see how serious the NFL is about its players.”
He was additionally requested if he had ever been that offended earlier than and responded, “I blacked out. I don’t even remember it really.”
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was clearly upset within the postgame press convention.
“It’s not who we want to be at the end of the game,” Kitchens stated of the incident. “It’s not who Myles wants to be. That’s not who we’re going to be. You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that and in no circumstance do we want anything to do with anything like that. I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It’s not good. He understands what he did. He understands it’s totally unacceptable.”
Kitchens was requested if he anticipated Garrett to be suspended, however he’s simply as shocked as everybody else.
“I’ve never seen that in my life,” he stated, “So we’ll wait and see. I can’t answer that.”
The helmet linked with the crown of Rudolph’s head, however he stayed within the sport for the ultimate snap. That’s irrelevant on the subject of punishment and the general public’s judgment — the intent behind swinging what’s successfully a deadly weapon on the uncovered head of one other participant is damning for Garrett.
This was an absolute catastrophe, and we’ll absolutely have loads of follow-up data from each groups and the league workplace.