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November 21, 2019

Myles Garrett, Suspended for Hitting a Player In the Head With a Helmet Wielded Like a Club, Now Says, "Oh Wait, I Just Remembered, He Used a Racial Slur, That's Why I Did It"

The slur was so seared into his memory he forgot to mention it until after the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

Now he trots out his Racial Privilege -- yes, he has privilege due to his race, not a disadvantage -- and asserts that he can't be punished.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett [aka Cleveland Juicy Smolliere] told NFL officials that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur leading up to their fight, ESPN reported on Thursday.

An on-field fight broke out during the last 8 seconds of the Browns and Steelers game on Nov. 14. It escalated when Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him in the head with it. The NFL banned Garrett for the final six regular-season games and playoffs

ESPN reported Garrett made the accusation during his appeal hearing on Wednesday. Appeals officer James Thrash "remained stoic and took copious notes" while listening to Garrett, according to ESPN.

Mason Rudolf denies it and the Steelers are backing him up.

The NFL has searched for evidence of Garrett's very convenient 11th-hour race hustle, and has found "no evidence" of it.

Rudoph's lawyer issued this statement:

"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. This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.

"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. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment."

Garrett's suspension was upheld on appeal.

Seems awfully funny that Garrett only remembered this detail at his appeals hearing after having been socked with a huge suspension.

To be honest, I really didn't think he deserved such a long suspension. Yes, striking a man with a helmet is dangerous. But this is a contact sport, and sometimes people get chippie, and sometimes it escalates, and it's hard to extract yourself from an escalating situation.

Especially if you subscribe to a macho ethic of not backing down and so forth.

So yeah, I think he should have been punished, but I also think the punishment should have taken into account of the fact that, you know what? It's hard to de-escalate when you're fighting.

But now that he's taking out his Racial Privilege card and making the typical "Devil White Man Is To Blame So I'm Innocent" racial play?

This lie is a premeditated assault.

I hope they suspend him for life.

And pro-tip: When you can Plead Your Race and expect more lenient punishment, your race is not some barrier to your success, but an unfair racial privilege.

Oh: Reviewing the actual hit (video here), I think I have to retract the bit about not thinking such a long suspension was justified.

Garrett started this entire episode -- this wasn't mutual chippiness, as I'd guessed -- by not only tackling a quarterback who had already passed the ball, but slamming him hard into the ground, driving him into the ground.

That right there is a big suspension.

Taking it to the next step and attacking the guy with his own helmet?

Well. That's special, and deserves a special punishment.

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posted by Ace of Spades at 06:12 PM

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