The NFL has upheld the suspension of Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, the league announced on Thursday.
Garrett was suspended indefinitely, at least for the remainder of the 2019 regular season and postseason, by the NFL after attacking Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph by removing his helmet and then hitting him in the head with it.
According to a report by ESPN, Garrett claimed in his appeal hearing, held on Wednesday by NFLPA official James Thrash, that Rudolph used a racial slur just before the incident.
Garrett’s suspension will be unpaid and carries an additional fine that has yet to be determined. He must meet with the NFL commissioner’s office for reinstatement to the league.
The NFL did reduce the suspension of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey from three games to two. Pouncey punched and kicked Garrett after he struck Rudolph. Pouncey’s suspension will also be unpaid and carries a $35,096 fine.
Cleveland defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi previously had his one-game unpaid suspension upheld, but his $10,527 fine was rescinded.
The Browns and Steelers organizations were each fined $250,000. More players could still receive individual fines.