Mason Rudolph reportedly fined $50,000 for role in infamous brawl

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph didn’t get away without any punishment.

Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his role in a brawl that was the talk of the NFL world, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett were involved in a fight late in a Nov. 14 game that immediately went down in sports infamy when Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and hit him in the head with it. Rapoport said other players were fined, including some who left the bench area.

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Garrett was suspended less than 24 hours after the altercation. It was clear that Rudolph wouldn’t be suspended, but everyone expected him to be fined.

Mason Rudolph was upset at Myles Garrett

In the aftermath of the brawl, some analysts were outraged that Rudolph wasn’t getting enough blame.

Rudolph was brought down by Garrett after Rudolph delivered a short pass. Garrett seemingly didn’t know Rudolph had released the ball, but tempers flared at the end of a blowout loss for the Steelers. Rudolph ripped at Garrett’s helmet, and when they both got up, Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off. Rudolph kept going at Garrett and then Garrett hit Rudolph in the head with the helmet.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is injured as he is tackled by Earl Thomas #29 and Brandon Carr #24 of the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lays injured on the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lays injured on the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lays injured on the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Ramon Foster #73 and Alejandro Villanueva #78 check on Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after being injured during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 6, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lays injured on the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on as Mason Rudolph #2 (not pictured) lays injured on the field during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 6, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens on October 6, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78) and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster (73) check on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) during the NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 06, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard B.J. Finney (67) and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner (72) help Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) off the field as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) looks on shaken during the NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 06, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard B.J. Finney (67) and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner (72) help Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) off the field as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) looks on shakenduring the NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 06, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Then the story took a different turn on Thursday. A report said Garrett claimed in his appeals hearing that Rudolph had directed a racial slur at him. Rudolph denied that and the NFL said it found no evidence that Rudolph had used a racial slur.

Even if Rudolph said nothing, he wasn’t completely innocent in the ordeal.

Browns, Steelers affected by punishments

The fallout from the brawl affected both teams. Garrett got the biggest penalty. He was suspended indefinitely, for at least the rest of this regular season and playoffs.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games for punching and kicking Garrett, and that was reduced to two games. (It’s likely not a coincidence that a two-game suspension keeps Pouncey out of the Browns-Steelers rematch.) Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi had a one-game suspension for a blindside hit on Rudolph upheld, though a fine was rescinded.

It’s rare to see one fight have such a fallout. Rudolph got off pretty light compared to the other participants.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was involved in an infamous brawl with Myles Garrett. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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