Here is a breakdown of the consequences of the altercation, according to a statement released from the NFL:
• Myles Garrett suspended without pay indefinitely with a minimum of the remaining six games of the season. He will be fined an unspecified amount and must meet with commissioners prior to any reinstatement.
• Larry Ogunjobi suspended without pay for one game with an additional fine
• Markice Pouncey suspended without pay for three games and will receive an additional fine
• Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations each fined $250,000.
• Additional disciplinary action will be leveled against players who left the bench area and entered the field of play after the altercation began.
Did I miss a detail or two? Did the NFL forget that Mason Rudolph began the fight by trying to remove Garrett’s helmet? Did the officials not see the part of the fight where Steelers’ David DeCastro pulled Garrett back, and Rudolph continued to charge at Garrett? I believe they also failed to see Rudolph’s kicks to Garrett’s groin.
The fact that Mason Rudolph is not culpable (in the eyes of the NFL) for any part of the fight is exceptionally maddening. This is inexcusable on the part of the NFL.
So, as the media rips Garrett apart, Rudolph is painted a victim. To reiterate, I am not defending Myles Garrett’s actions. He was wrong. However, can the league at least pretend to have some level of shared responsibility here.
In a recent statement, Garrett acknowledges his irresponsibility and apologizes for his actions. He plans on learning from his mistakes and proving his true character moving forward.
What’s next with this, and when will it die? Since this is easy clickbait, I’m bracing to hear about this for a long while to come.