Tiki & Tierney: Myles Garrett Served His Punishment

Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney believe Myles Garrett has served his time and should be reinstated by the NFL

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February 12, 2020 - 8:08 am

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Monday to discuss his likely reinstatement into the league.

Garrett, the first overall pick in 2017, was suspended indefinitely in November after attempting to hit quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet during a Week 10 brawl between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Garrett, who was suspended for the final six games of the season, was not the only one to face consequences. Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for his role in the incident, while Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey served a two-game suspension. Additionally, both teams were fined $250,000. 

On Tuesday, Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney weighed in on the incident, as well as Garrett’s reputation and future in the NFL.

“Basically half your salary for a fine is, I think, punitive enough,” Barber said on Tiki & Tierney. “I’m okay with him being reinstated – this is presumably what’s going to happen – [because] Myles Garrett is not a bad guy. It’s not like we’re talking about Vontaze Burfict, who has done this repeatedly. I don’t look at him as a dirty player.”

But should we?

“Probably not, but I think we’ll determine from here what he wants to be [and] who he is,” Barber said. “How would I chalk it up if this was a court of law? This was temporary insanity. I don’t think Myles Garrett is a bad guy. I think he served his penalty.”

The Browns and Steelers finished 6-10 and 8-8, respectively, last season. Both teams missed the playoffs.