NFL Announces Myles Garrett, Maurkice Pouncey Suspensions Following Appeal
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett had his appeal hearing in New York on Wednesday, where he claimed that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph had used a racial slur prior to Garrett's helmet-swinging outburst. Garrett was suspended indefinitely for his actions and NFL appeals officer James Thrash announced on Thursday that the ruling has been upheld.
Meanwhile, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey's suspension was reduced from three gams to two following the appeal. He will therefore miss Sunday's game in Miami, as well as the rematch against Cleveland on December 1, but will be eligible to return for their Week 14 matchup against Cincinnati. Pouncey will still have to pay a $35,096 fine as well.
Rudolph's attorney, Timothy M. Younger. vehemently denied allegations that the QB used a racial slur during last week's Thursday night football brawl.
"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," said Younger, per ESPN. "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."