(Information) – A violent incident marred the top of the Nationwide Soccer League recreation between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, when Browns’ defensive finish Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph and used it to strike Rudolph within the head.
Nov 14, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) along with his personal helmet as offensive guard David DeCastro (66) tries to cease Garrett in the course of the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports activities
Commentators had been aghast, with Fox head announcer Joe Buck describing the incident as “one of many worst issues I’ve ever seen on knowledgeable sports activities area.”
Garrett was ejected after the following melee, with simply eight seconds left within the recreation and Cleveland already assured of the victory. Garrett more than likely faces at the very least a multi-game suspension by the league.
The incident began when Garrett tackled Rudolph properly after the quarterback had thrown the ball.
Rudolph clearly took offense, and grabbed at Garrett’s helmet. Garrett then did likewise and managed to tear off Rudolph’s helmet earlier than utilizing it to strike the quarterback within the head.
Pittsburgh gamers had been incensed, with middle Maurkice Pouncey throwing a few punches at Garrett, earlier than making an attempt to kick him within the head after he was wrestled to the bottom.
“Oh gosh. Oh my goodness,” Buck mentioned as he watched a slow-motion replay of the incident.
Garrett and Pouncey had been ejected, as was one other Cleveland participant, Larry Ogunjobi.
Rudolph didn’t look like severely injured by the helmet strike.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t defend his teammate’s habits.
“I didn’t see why it began but it surely’s inexcusable,” Mayfield, referring to Garrett, instructed Fox. “I don’t care, rivalry or not, we will’t try this.
“That’s simply endangering the opposite staff. He’s going to get suspended. We don’t understand how lengthy and that hurts our staff.”
Cleveland gained the sport 21-7, bettering to Four-6 on the season, whereas the Steelers dropped to 5-5.
The groups meet once more in 17 days.
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina. Enhancing by Gerry Doyle