Tierney On Garrett/Rudolph Feud: "Somebody's Lying"

Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney weighed in on the feud between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph

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February 17, 2020 - 9:10 am

The NFL reinstated Browns defensive end Myles Garrett from his indefinite suspension, which lasted six games, but Garrett still has a beef with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph

Garrett claims that Rudolph called him a racial slur, which led to their Week 11 brawl in November. Rudolph denied the accusation, calling it “1000% false” and a “Bold-Faced lie.” Rudolph added that he “did not, have not, and would not utter a racial slur” and accused Garrett of “a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character.”

Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber aren’t sure if this dispute will ever be settled.

“This is a really tough one because it’s impossible to have any sort of definitive opinion because somebody’s lying,” Tierney said on Tiki & Tierney. “Somebody’s lying out of these two. Either Mason Rudolph is lying – and he initially said, ‘I didn’t say it.’ [If he said it], that’s reprehensible. If he didn’t say it and Myles Garrett is using that to either soften how he’s perceived in the court of public opinion or to lessen [the length of his suspension], that’s reprehensible because slapping a racist label on somebody forever ruins and alters their life. I want to have a good opinion on this, but this is something you can’t be wrong on.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, has 104 tackles and 30.5 sacks in three seasons.

“He gets his meeting with the commissioner, and the commissioner lets him off and says, ‘Look, some people wanted you banned permanently. Some people wanted you gone for at least four or five more games in 2020,’” Barber said. “It’s done. He feel into a trap, man. He fell into a media trap getting asked this question and feeling like he had to respond. When he doubles down, it brings it all back up again and . . . now we got to try to get to the bottom of this because you’re not letting it go. If he would have let it go, I’m not sure we would have talked about this racist side of this again.”

“But if Mason Rudolph did say it,” Tierney countered, “he shouldn’t let it go.”

“I agree,” Barber said, “but how are we going to prove that?”