- Myles Garrett’s appeal was denied by the NFL, and he remains suspended indefinitely.
- Garrett’s actions were wrong, and he deserved to be punished.
- However, the extent of his suspension proves that snowflakes have taken over the NFL.
Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett made a colossal mistake last Thursday when he took a swing Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s head with Rudolph’s helmet. He knows it. The Browns know it out. Heck—anyone that even remotely follows the NFL knows it.
Does he deserve to be suspended? Absolutely. Nothing Rudolph may have done excuses Garrett’s actions.
When the NFL handed down an indefinite suspension in the immediate aftermath of the incident, it was the right thing to do. A message needed to be sent, and it was. But then the NFL had a chance to calm down and make sure they dealt with Garrett appropriately when he appealed.
NFL Denies Myles Garrett’s Appeal
According to media reports, Myles Garrett’s defense wasn’t necessarily a defense. He knew he messed up, but he also knew that an indefinite suspension was unprecedented. So, he went in looking for a definite number, and maybe a chance at returning for the playoffs (because the Browns are going to make it).
His case wasn’t bad. Rudolph’s alleged racial slur shouldn’t have had an impact (and didn’t since the league could not find proof). But there was a precedent that the league could have and should have followed.
Back in 2013, Antonio Smith ripped off the helmet of Richie Incognito and swung it at him. He was suspended for two preseason games and one regular-season game.
The Myles Garrett helmet swing isn’t unprecedented. Antonio Smith removed Richie Incognito’s helmet in 2013 and swung it at him. Smith was suspended for 2 preseason games and week 1 of the regular season. pic.twitter.com/TwXNIsIQgi
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) November 15, 2019
From what the reports say, Garrett cited that play and suspension in his argument. What he should have…