As Myles Garrett awaits his fate after appealing his suspension on Wednesday, a new twist has been taken in the week-long saga between himself and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson, the Cleveland Browns defensive end has alleged that Rudolph called him a racial slur prior to the fight in which Garrett hit the Steelers quarterback in the head with his own helmet. Garrett's accusation came during his appeal hearing on Wednesday, which was heard by NFL appeals officer James Thrash. "Garrett made the allegation as part of his initial comments during the appeal hearing in New York, sources said," according to Schefter. "It created an argumentative exchange between both sides about whether the allegation was permissible to be used in the appeal at that time." On Wednesday, Rudolph denied having said anything to escalate the situation. Shortly after news broke of Garrett's accusation, the second-year quarterback's attorney/agent released a statement calling it "a lie" and said that "the malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason's integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday." As a result of last week's altercation, Garrett was suspended indefinitely and for at a minimum, the remainder of the 2019 season. On Wednesday, he appealed his punishment to Thrash, seeking a reduction in the season-ending suspension or at the very least, a finite number of games attached to his punishment.
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