First Call: How Cleveland media reacted to Myles Garrett hitting Mason Rudolph with helmet
Nationally, there has been a slew of reactions to Vontaze Garrett — uh, excuse me — Myles Garrett’s helmet-swinging incident Thursday night.
Hey, Myles, if O.J. Simpson is the one having your back, you probably weren’t in the right.
But what are they saying in Cleveland?
Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com is wondering whether what Garrett did is the result of a locker room culture that has no discipline.
Former Ohio State Buckeye and Browns radio and TV analyst Dustin Fox is going after head coach Freddie Kitchens, too.
Undisciplined players coached by undisciplined coaches. pic.twitter.com/ty0mlJ95qh
— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) November 15, 2019
This certainly isn’t Garrett’s first offense on an NFL field.
Myles Garrett, 2019 dirty plays
Week 1: Punched Titans TE Delanie Walker after whistle
Week 2: Ended Jets QB Trevor Siemian's season on late hit
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) November 15, 2019
Doug Lesmerises, also of Cleveland.com, says Garrett damaged his reputation and tamped down the enthusiasm of the Browns’ win over the Steelers.
Anthony Lima of 92.3 The Fan seems to have a similar take.
“One of the worst things I’ve ever seen on a sports field”
“This is barbaric that’s what this is”
Garrett done for awhile
Browns can’t even win without a MAJOR gaffe
— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) November 15, 2019
Jonathan Peterlin, also of 92.3, notes that Larry Ogunjobi should be getting some heat, too.
What’s crazy is this push by Ogunjobi would lead convos for a week if it was isolated pic.twitter.com/X4RjcrG2f9
— Jonathan Peterlin (@JPeterlin) November 15, 2019
Meanwhile, their colleague Daryl Ruiter is shifting blame onto Rudolph for starting it.
Multiple FULL replay angles show:
-Garrett takes Rudolph to the ground (late)
-Rudolph attempts to rip off Garrett's helmet
-As Garrett gets to his feet Rudolph kicks him in the groin
-Garrett pulls Rudolph to his feet by his helmet, rips it off, hits Rudolph squarely on the head
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) November 15, 2019
Tony Grossi of 850 ESPN Cleveland & Fox Sports Ohio says this game was historically brutal.
I’m calling it the most brutal Browns-Steelers game in 135 meetings. Two Steelers concussions on helmet hits, a Browns Achilles injury & a Myles Garrett meltdown at the end. https://t.co/2gPZllbcOq
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) November 15, 2019
The rest of the internet, it appears, would rather just make fun of Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben be looking like….. pic.twitter.com/Cis7FQNdp2
— ClevelandDegenerate (@CleSportsDegens) November 15, 2019
Big Ben went from “professonal athelete” to “forlorn country singer in a movie before he goes to rehab” in a span of like 3 months pic.twitter.com/Oof1tgrExO
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) November 15, 2019
— Krystian 💤 (@KrystianPuzio) November 15, 2019
Big Ben looking like the 2019 version of The Hound pic.twitter.com/0iYIPQ0Vjl
— Brooks Godbery (@Brooks_Godbery) November 15, 2019
That shot of Big Ben on the sidelines pic.twitter.com/KysagMMaQT
— Steve Braband (@stevebraband) November 15, 2019
This dude abides.