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Wild NFL Brawl Brings Hefty Suspensions, Fines

Nov 15, 2019  •  Post A Comment

After a brawl broke out with just seconds remaining in the “Thursday Night Football” clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, the NFL came out with a batch of fines and suspensions Friday morning.

The game, televised by Fox, was already decided, with Cleveland winning it 21-7, when a scuffle broke out between Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett. After the two men tangled a bit on the ground, Garrett was able to pull off Rudolph’s helmet and then hit the Steelers QB on his unprotected head with it.

Other players quickly entered the fray. The NFL this morning announced a number of suspensions and fines.

The New York Post reports that Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay, for a minimum of the remainder of the current season and postseason.

“He also has to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement, as well as pay an individual fine,” The Post reports.

The NFL said in a statement: “Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules. As well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”

Hit with shorter suspensions were Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey and Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi.

“Pouncey was hit with a three-game suspension without pay and an individual fine as well, for coming to Rudolph’s defense by punching and kicking Garrett,” The Post reports. “Ogunjobi was suspended for one game without pay with an additional fine after he pushed Rudolph in the back after the quarterback had been pulled away from Garrett.”

The Steelers and Browns were each also hit with $250,000 fines.

The NFL added in its statement: “Additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”

Here’s a “CBS This Morning” report on the brawl, which includes footage of the fight …

2 Comments

  1. Review it a bit more. QB Steeler needs to learn that this is a mans game not a boys. You were just as guilty in trying to take the Browns players helmet off FROM THE BACK!! I can only imagine what was going through his head in those brief seconds. It was over and Steeler QB is still mouthing off coming after him. Shut up and PLAY. Where does that $500,000 go? And blaming one for this flagrant incident is WRONG. Baker Mayfield said it best: Trying to get away from this image and this brought it right back.

    • Are you seriously ignoring the fact captured on the video that Garrett used Rudolph’s helmet as a weapon in an attempt to inflict blunt force trauma on his head? If that had happened in the stands the person swinging the weapon would have been arrested for assault and probably a few other charges and been taken to jail. What everybody needs to remember is that this is a game and the players are supposed to be sportsman, not thugs and animals.

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