Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has formally apologized to Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph for his attack during the waning moments on Thursday night’s game.
Garrett released a statement through the Browns on Friday after the NFL had announced that he will be suspended for at least the remainder of the 2019 season.
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett wrote. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
The Steelers issued their own statement through team president Art Rooney II. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games for punching and kicking Garrett.
“As an organization, we are disappointed with what occurred last night near the end of our game against the Cleveland Browns,” Rooney wrote. “The actions of the players involved were not something that should be part of any football game.
“Our players, coaches and everyone in the Steelers organization understand that we must always maintain composure, no matter what happens. After a hard-fought game between two rivals, it is a shame that the game ended that way.”