Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has been fined $50,000 for his role in his altercation with Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett last Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
Rudolph and Garrett’s altercation incited a benches-clearing brawl between the teams.
After Garrett tackled Rudolph, he laid on top of the Steelers quarterback. Rudolph kicked at Garrett and pulled at his helmet while Garrett was on top of him. Garrett then ripped Rudolph’s helmet off by the facemask as Steelers offensive linemen Matt Feiler and David DeCastro separated the combatants.
Rudolph then charged back at Garrett, and that’s when Garrett swung Rudolph’s helmet, hitting the Steelers quarterback on the head. Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey then punched and kicked at Garrett.
In the appeal of his suspension earlier this week, Garrett reportedly claimed that Rudolph uttered a racial slur to incite the incident. The NFL found no credible evidence to support that claim after investigating.
Both players have apologized for their roles in the incident.
Garrett, Pouncey and Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi were all suspended for their roles in the incident. Other players are expected to have lesser fines for leaving the bench area.