Browns defensive end Myles Garrett may have been spending too much time with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic over the last few months, as he turned the field into a WWE ring during Cleveland’s win over the Steelers in Week 11’s AFC North battle.
Garrett caught a ton of flack on Twitter late Thursday night after the defensive lineman ripped off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and swung it at the Steelers quarterback’s head.
Garrett received punches and a kick from Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey in the process, and will also likely be dealt a long-term suspension for his role in the incident, as well.
The incident turned a major rivalry game into a discussion about a laundry list of suspensions that will be handed out in the days to come, and turned Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield’s postgame interview with Erin Andrews into a reflection on the events that just occurred.
Mayfield didn’t hold back with his reaction, calling the action “inexcusable” and saying that Garrett should be suspended for his actions.
“It’s endangering the other team, it’s inexcusable,” Mayfield said. “The reality is, he’s going to get suspended.”
Mayfield didn’t seem pleased with any piece of the night, following up his analysis of the brawl by saying the Browns still didn’t play well in their Week 11 win, despite a stellar defensive performance that seemingly forced millions of turnovers and caused headaches for Rudolph and the Steelers offense.
Meanwhile, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wasn’t too pleased with the incident, saying both he and Garrett were “embarrassed” in regards to the game-ending brawl.
While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have a comment on the incident, Rudolph was candid with his comments following the game, seeing a clear moment where the incident escalated to its boiling point.
“Where did it cross the line?” Rudolph said. “Maybe where he took my helmet off and used it as a weapon.”
While the Browns defense has a lot to celebrate as it relates to the first 59 minutes of their divisional win, they’ll have to deal with the consequences of Garrett’s actions in the weeks to come, with a solid chance that they don’t see their star defensive lineman for the rest of 2019.