Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph strongly denied on Saturday the continued assertion by Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s that Rudolph uttered a racial slur before Garrett assaulted him with his own helmet in an altercation in the waning moments of the teams’ game at Cleveland on Nov. 14, 2019.
Garrett, who was reinstated by the NFL earlier this week, went on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and accused Rudolph of using a racial slur for a second time.
“He called me the N-word,” Garrett said to ESPN’s Mina Kimes. “He called me a ‘stupid N-word.’”
Saturday, Rudolph responded, denying the allegation.
“1000% False,” Rudolph wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. “Bold-Faced Lie. I did not, have not, and would not utter a racial-slur. This is a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character.”
I did not, have not, and would not utter a racial-slur.
This is a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character. https://t.co/mZcEcC0tCl
— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) February 15, 2020
Rudolph’s denial came moments after an equally strongly worded rebuttal from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Rudolph’s agent, Timothy Younger of Younger & Associates, called the claim “ludicrous” and threatened legal action against Garrett.
— Younger & Associates/QB Limited (@YoungerAssoc) February 15, 2020
While Garrett’s reinstatement and the upholding of Rudolph’s $50,000 fine for his part in the incident have ended the drama from the league’s perspective, it seems the battle of he-said, he-said is going to continue to play out throughout the offseason.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.