CLEVELAND (WJW) — Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has apologized for his actions at the end of Thursday night’s game against the Steelers.
Garrett released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
In the last 8 seconds of the Browns 21-7 win, a fight escalated when Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him in the head.
Garrett is suspended indefinitely without pay due to his actions during the fight.
The NFL said the Pro Bowler is out for at least the remainder of the regular season and postseason. He must also meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision on reinstatement and pay a fine.
It’s the longest suspension for a single on-field incident in league history.
Steelers President Art Rooney II also responded to that incident Friday saying,
“As an organization, we are disappointed with what occurred last night near the end of our game against the Cleveland Browns. The actions of the players involved were not something that should be part of any football game.
Our players, coaches and everyone in the Steelers organization understand that we must always maintain composure, no matter what happens. After a hard-fought game between two rivals, it is a shame that the game ended that way.”
Both teams were fined $250,000.
Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is also suspended for one game and fined. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey got a three-game suspension and fine. The NFL said there is additional discipline for other players, including those who left the bench during the fight.