Cleveland Browns defensive end, who is fresh off being reinstated by the NFL, is once again alleging Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph used a racial slur before their altercation towards the end of a game in November.
“He called me the N-word,” Garrett told ESPN’s Mina Kimes during an interview that aired on the network. “He called me a ‘stupid N-word,” Garrett reiterated.
The former number overall pick of the Browns initially accused Rudolph of using a racial slur while appealing his indefinite suspension by the NFL. Despite his claim, the NFL upheld Garrett’s suspension, which coveted the remainder of the 2019 regular season. Garrett attacked Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph by removing his helmet and then hitting him in the head with it, which then triggered a brawl between the two teams.
The NFL did reduce the suspension of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who punched and kicked Garrett after he struck Rudolph, from three games to two.
Rudolph wasn’t suspended for his role in the incident, but was fined $50,000. On the same day Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was reinstated by the league, the NFL also decided to uphold Rudolph’s fine for his role. Rudolph has consistently denied ever directing any slur and also called Garrett’s actions “bush league” and a coward move.
At this point, we may never know who is really telling the truth. Do you believe Rudolph called Garrett a racial slur?
Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?
Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.
He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.
Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.
Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?
Best exit interview ever… Back to work…
— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) January 14, 2021
Do you believe in Zach Banner? Comment below with why or why not.
Should the Steelers Keep Mike Hilton or Cam Sutton?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of important players that are set to become free agents this offseason. The cap-strapped team will not be able to bring every player they like back, and that means making some tough decisions of who to prioritize.
Both Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton have become key contributors to the Pittsburgh secondary as slot cornerbacks. They both are arguably underrated in their own way.
If the Steelers can only keep one, and that’s likely the case, which cornerback should the Steelers retain between Hilton or Sutton?
Poll: What Was Biggest Issue with Steelers Running Game in 2020?
The Steelers finished dead last in the NFL in rushing in 2020 and general manager Kevin Colbert has seen it as a top offseason priority to rectify that standing going into 2021.
The Steelers have already made a change in coaching, with Matt Canada and Adrian Klemm taking over as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
There will also be substantive changes to the personnel, as starting center Maurkice Pouncey has retired and starting running back James Conner, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, left guard Matt Feiler and right tackle Zach Banner are pending free agents.
“You can’t say the runners weren’t good enough or the quarterbacks weren’t good enough or the line wasn’t good enough,” Colbert said in speaking with the media last week. “To put out the kind of running game we did, no one was good enough. And again, that is a collective effort. … We need to finish (seasons). And I think having a strong running game helps teams finish in that time of year.”
With that being said, Steelers fans, which area of the running game do you think was the biggest issue in 2020?