Notably, not listed among those fined was David DeCastro, who arguably was more involved in the melee than anyone other than Rudolph, Garrett, Pouncey or Ogunjobi - but the league apparently determined that DeCastro was serving the peace by keeping Rudolph and Garrett apart before, during and after Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off and hit him over the head with it.
Garrett appealed his suspension and made the claim that Rudolph used racial slurs during a hearing with National Football League officials.
Rudolph's attorney Timothy M. Younger echoed the same sentiment, saying, "According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason's uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension". Garrett's actions earned him an indefinite suspension which means at a minimum he's out for the remainder of the season. This is reckless and shameful.
Garrett and Rudolph became entangled on the next-to-last Steelers snap of Cleveland's lopsided 21-7 victory.
Amusing enough, tons of people - including prominent members of the media - made note of Rudolph seemingly escalating things on the football field when he was aggressively taken down by Garrett on a last-second play to end the game.
The NFL has issued a total of $732,422 in fines to 32 players and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns organizations as penalty for the brawl that broke out in the closing seconds of last week's game. "I just don't see Myles as someone who would lie or do anything like that", Beckham said. "Mason's dealing with that, he's going to be labeled for it, and that's not right".
"I think it needs to be us being focused on what we do every day, every rep, every practice - the same thing we have been preaching since March", Kitchens said. "That kid made a bad mistake, but he never crossed the line when he talked about [a] racial slur".