BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens on Monday said the Browns will continue to support suspended defensive end Myles Garrett while also not apologizing to Garrett for his actions Thursday against Pittsburgh.
"Myles Garrett is a good person," Kitchen said. "We will not stack on Myles. He had a bad lapse in judgment and that is it. I am still a Myles fan and I will support him. Our organization will support him, his teammates, coaching staff will support him. "
The NFL interrupted Garrett indefinitely, including the rest of this season and eventual playoffs, for having ripped the helmet from quarterback Mason Rudolph and patted him on the head with it in the final seconds. .
"There is no excuse for it to happen on a football pitch," Kitch said. "I know. Myles knows that. Every player in the locker room knows that. That's it. There's no excuse. But when we say it, we will support Myles Garrett going forward in any way he needs support."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Garrett's appeal for his indefinite suspension will be heard on Wednesday morning by appeal officer James Thrash, and that Garrett will attend to personally say his case. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the Browns are hopeful that what led Garrett to anger, especially if Rudolph linked to Garrett in the groin, will help Garrett's appeal.
Kitchen declined to comment on what happened between Garrett and Rudolph, only to say, "You all saw the band."
Browns defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, however, countered that Garrett "defended" from Rudolph.
"Of course he was," Richardson said. "If a guy scratches his face, what are you going to do? The helmet is overboard, let's make it clear. But defend yourself, I don't blame him for defending [himself] at all."
Richardson said Rudolph should "Have you turned off at least one game for his role in the incident.
" You can't fight a fight and then claim bullying … you get what comes to you, "Richardson said." Of course, Myles responded. … He protected himself. I don't blame him. The guy keeps rushing me, even with the helmet off, he asks for it. Just let it be. "
League sources told Schefter over the weekend that the NFL will issue mass fines to about 10 players to leave the bench and run on the pitch. Rudolph, who was not suspended for his role in the fight, is expected to be fined The fine schedule calls for a player to be fined $ 35 096 for a first foul.
The NFL also interrupted Brown's defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi for a game to shoot Rudolph in the back and to the ground, shortly after Garrett beat the Steelers. Quarterback with the helmet Ogunbjoi's appeal was heard on Monday, Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, who jumped into Garrett, kicked and punched him after Rudolph was beaten, suspended for three games.