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Already ugly, alleged racism makes brawl repulsive

Already ugly, alleged racism makes brawl repulsive

“well that escalated quickly” scale.’ data-reactid=”19″>Last week I wrote that the brawl, that involved Garrett ripping off Rudolph’s helmet and striking him on the head with it, was a nine on the “well that escalated quickly” scale.

Yeah. It’s a 10 now. And damn, that sucks.

Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett, pictured in New York on Wednesday, was denied an appeal for a reduced NFL suspension. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

ongoing Colin Kaepernick drama and the Tyreek Hill audio that dominated the offseason news cycle for four months, there has been no shortage of smoldering he-said, she-said controversies this year, ones capable of dividing us around racial lines.’ data-reactid=”42″>Instead of reveling in all that, we’re in the midst of a calendar year in which multiple teams have been forced to navigate chaos, and not of the schadenfreude variety like a season of “Real Housewives.” Between the ugly Antonio Brown situations, the ongoing Colin Kaepernick drama and the Tyreek Hill audio that dominated the offseason news cycle for four months, there has been no shortage of smoldering he-said, she-said controversies this year, ones capable of dividing us around racial lines.

And guess what? It’s possible the Garrett-Rudolph beef could be the worst of them all, with everyone involved set to come out a loser, no matter what.

Say Garrett is telling the truth about the slur. In that case, Rudolph will be a big-time loser (for obvious reasons), and we’ll also have some people rush to defend Garrett for swinging his helmet. If a racial slur served as provocation, Garrett’s decision to swing his helmet would make more sense, though it would remain a wrongful act that could have caused significant injury and been potentially life-altering for both parties. Regardless, Garrett’s reputation would still be sullied and Rudolph will never be able to command an NFL huddle again. Big-time L’s all-around.

If Garrett isn’t telling the truth about this — and people are already using the fact it took a full week for this to come out as proof of it being a concoction in an attempt to save face, not to mention games and money lost — whoo boy, that’s another ugly scenario, too. And a sad one, too.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told reporters Thursday afternoon that the league found no evidence that a racial slur from Rudolph was used.

This scenario — with the claim being false — would also be the worst outcome for Garrett, one of the league’s best young defensive players. His reputation has already taken a hit for the helmet swing, but creating a lie about a fellow player, one that could alter Rudolph’s career, would be vile. Players compete on the field, but the NFL is a brotherhood; for the most part, they understand they’re all in the same bunker against a league that wants to chew them up and spit them out and give them as little as possible for their trouble. Not only would opposing players look down on Garrett for lying, his teammates would, too.

Unless this all is some far-fetched cosmic misunderstanding — one that would have to be derived from the mind of Larry David to be true — it seems that we’re headed face-first into one of those two horrific scenarios. 

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Teammates have defended Mason Rudolph after it was reported that Myles Garrett says the Steelers QB used a racial slur before last week’s brawl. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Joe Schobert said of Garrett. “But I can’t comment on it, because I didn’t hear it.”’ data-reactid=”76″>“He’s a calm, even-keeled guy, so something happened,” Browns linebacker Joe Schobert said of Garrett. “But I can’t comment on it, because I didn’t hear it.”

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Rudolph did not talk Thursday. His teammates staunchly defended him, adding they believed he didn’t say anything racist to Garrett.

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