NFL: 'No such evidence' that Mason Rudolph used racial slur toward Myles Garrett

Myles Garrett reportedly said at the appeal hearing for his suspension on Wednesday that Mason Rudolph sparked the Steelers-Browns “Thursday Night Football” brawl by directing a racial slur toward him.

Garrett is serving an indefinite suspension that was upheld at the appeal for swinging a helmet at the exposed head of Rudolph.

NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told ESPN and Cleveland.com on Thursday that the leagued looked into Garrett’s allegation “and found no such evidence” that Rudolph used a slur.

Rudolph denied the allegation on Thursday through a statement from the Steelers.

“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Rudolph’s agent Timothy Younger released a statement calling Garrett’s claim “a lie” and characterizing it as “wild and unfounded.”

Neither Rudolph or Garrett have addressed the accusation directly in public.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson told ESPN’s Jake Trotter that they hadn’t heard about Garrett’s allegation until the report surfaced on Thursday.

Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward told reporters “I know Mason didn’t say it.”

“He’s gonna be labeled for it,” Heyward said. “That’s just not right. I don’t appreciate it.”

The Steelers and Browns play again on Dec. 1.

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