NFL game descends into brawl after player uses helmet as a weapon
A shocking fight broke out during NFL game this week, which led to a quarterback being hit over the head with his own helmet.
According to a report by The New York Times, the melee erupted during a game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on the night of Thursday, November 14. With eight seconds to before the Cleveland team won, defensive end Mason Rudolph was tackled by Myles Garrett, who dragged him to the ground.
But then the tackle escalated into a physical altercation after the two players began shoving each other. In footage recorded during the game, Garrett can be seen grabbing Rudolph’s face mask and lifting him off the ground with it, before pulling the other player's helmet off his head.
As a pair of Pittsburgh linemen attempted to separate the players, Rudolph smacked Garett over the head with his own helmet. Moments later, players from both benches poured onto the field, and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey could be seen punching and kicking Garrett.
The incident has been condemned by players and commentators alike as being foolhardy, reckless, and unsportsmanlike.
Check out this footage of the fight below:
Commenting on the fight in a later interview, Garrett stated: "I lost my cool and I regret it. It’s going to come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped into the scrum, I appreciate my team having my back, but it never should have gotten to that point. It's on me ... I hurt my whole team. I don’t know what repercussions I’ll face."
Per the NYT, Browns Coach Freddie Kitchens stated: "That’s not who we want to be. That’s not who Myles wants to be. That’s not who we’re going to be. You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that. I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It’s not good. So, he understands what he did, he understands it’s totally unacceptable."
This incident has occurred mere days after defensive end Terrance Taylor was slated on social media for making an illegal move in a game between the Toledo Rockets and the Northern Illinois Huskies. Taylor was condemned for a helmet-to-helmet tackle on quarterback Ross Bowers when he was on his knees on the pitch.