Myles Garrett’s Ban was Upheld and Maurice Pouncey’s was Reduced


On Thursday, November 21st Myles Garrett, defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, original ban was upheld and Maurkice Pouncey, center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, initial suspension was lowered to 2 games. The appeal for Myles Garrett was made by James Thrash and his punishment was reduced to being suspended without pay for the rest of the season. This means that Garrett’s suspension will be 6 games which is the longest suspension as a result of an incident that happened on the field in NFL history. Garrett also received a fine of $45,623. Maurkice Pouncey, who had been given a 3 game suspension, had his punishment lowered by a game by appeals officer Derrick Brooks.

Although Garrett’s actions seem inappropriate and disrespectful to many people, the Browns organization still fully support him.

General manager, John Dorsey, of the Browns stated that Myles Garrett is “a man of high character and unquestionable integrity.”

The Browns head coach, Freddie Kitchens, said in a statement, “I’ll always support Myles Garrett.” 

In the appeals court Myles Garrett claimed that the Steelers quarterback, Mason Rudolph, has called him racial slurs which is why the fight broke out. Rudolph completely denies these allegations. This allegation was looked into by the NFL and they found no evidence supporting Garrett’s claim.

Larry Ogunjobi, Browns defensive tackle, had a one game suspension that was upheld by Thrash. The Garrett and Rudolph fight and suspensions that followed were handled well by the league and appealed fairly.