(93.7 The Fan) - According to a report, suspended Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett claims Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before he pulled Rudolph’s helmet off and hit him with it at the end of last Thursday's game in Cleveland.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Garrett made the allegation during an appeal hearing with the NFL to have his indefinite suspension without pay reduced.
Rudolph denies he made any racial statement toward Garrett.
A statement from Rudolph’s lawyer, Timothy Younger, says that “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.”
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for kicking and punching Garrett after the incident and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjob got one game.
Pouncey has appealed his suspension and Ogunjob's appeal request was denied.