The NFL must send a strong signal by suspending Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for at least the rest of the season, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said Friday morning.
Near the end of Cleveland's game Thursday night against the Steelers, Garrett tackled Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph, ripped Rudolph's helmet off and then swung it, hitting the QB in the head.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey then responded by punching and kicking Garrett in the head.
"An unbelievably stomach-turning scene last night on an NFL field, which could be one of the worst displays of ... sportsmanship, professionalism, whatever word you want to throw out there," Giannotti said on the "Boomer and Gio" show. "This was as bad as it gets, and the NFL's going to have to send a message."
"It was unbelievable," Esiason said. "There are no words to describe it, other than it was a disgrace. And Myles Garrett's going to get hammered here, and he's going to get hammered, I would imagine, at least for the rest of the season.
"To see Myles Garrett react the way that he did, that's frightening, man," Boomer continued.
"He is totally reacting to what he's seeing," Esiason said. "And what he's seeing is like what we are seeing, but he's seeing it right next to -- and it's his guy getting hit. So he is reacting in kind in real time to what he just witnessed, which he probably couldn't believe he saw."
"If I'm on a football field or I'm in a back alley somewhere and someone does something like that to me, I want a friend of mine to react like Maurkice Pouncey reacted," Gio said.
Giannotti also said Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is not blameless in the incident.
"Like, I know that this is an emotional thing and he (Garrett) lost his mind in that moment, but this is a group where they have lost the benefit of the doubt," Gio said. "Freddie Kitchens has lost the benefit of the doubt.
"As far as his players, this is insanity," Giannotti continued. "I mean, we're talking about low-level violations of wearing your pants too high or wearing a different cleat to high-level infractions of a player who'll be suspended at least for the rest of the year for using an opponent's helmet as a weapon to hit him in the head. I mean, he has no control over this team from top to bottom."
To listen to the open from Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.