That’s assault, brotha! That’s what plenty of NFL fans around the planet have been shouting since Myles Garrett ripped off Mason Rudolph’s helmet, swung it and then connected with the quarterback’s skull on Thursday night in the Browns – Steelers matchup.
The NFL acted swiftly suspending Garrett for the remainder of the season, and postseason, without pay but that may not be all that comes of the situation.
According to ESPN, Rudolph’s agent – Tim Younger – isn’t ruling out legal action stating “I am gathering all information and no options have been removed from the table.”
Younger also tweeted after the brawl, writing “there are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field,” Younger wrote. “Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275-lb DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly.”
It’s worth noting that according to the report, Cleveland police are not investigating Garrett after hitting Rudolph with his helmet because Rudolph has not filed any sort of formal complaint.
It will be interesting to see if Rudolph and his team do decide to file any sort of complaint or accusation of charges following the incident, if only just to cover all the bases if something may come up in the future; whether that be concussion symptoms, CTE, etc.
Rudolph was not handed a suspension or fine in the initial release from the NFL which outlined all of the disciplinary actions involving players that were involved on Thursday night.
It certainly feels as if this entire situation is far from being put to bed, regardless of the fact that Garrett won’t be playing football again this season.
Mark is a New York City-based writer and editor at Brobible. You can find him on Twitter @MarkAndHisWords.