The Myles Garrett incident from last week’s Thursday Night Football game was no laughing matter to the NFL, who upheld his indefinite suspension earlier this week.
Yet, Cleveland Browns fans managed to find a lighter side of the incident on Sunday.
Prior to the Browns game against the Miami Dolphins, fans tailgating had a Mason Rudolph piñata and attempted to smash it open with a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet, re-enacting the infamous scene that has cost Garrett the remainder of the 2019 season.
In the video, which was shot by a Cleveland.com reporter, the game did not look a whole lot safer than what transpired on the field, either. The blindfolded fan appeared to clip the other fan who was holding the piñata.
While Browns fans were having their fun over the incident, Cleveland owner Dee Haslem was showing her support for the suspended pass rusher, too. She was seen before the game wearing a winter hat on the sideline which had Garrett’s No. 95 on it.
Garrett appealed his suspension earlier this week, and argued that Rudolph had used a racial slur to him before he smacked the Steelers quarterback’s unprotected head with a helmet.
The NFL found no such evidence to support the claim, although Garrett expressed displeasure that the details of a private conversation he had with the league were leaked publicly.
Rudolph was not suspended, but he was fined $50,000 by the NFL on Saturday for his role in the altercation.