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NFL Found No Evidence Mason Rudolph Used Racial Slur Towards Myles Garrett Before Melee

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 14: Defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Steelers 21-7.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The hearings to determine the punishments for last week's Thursday Night Football disaster in Cleveland have been ongoing over the last several days. Wednesday was the biggest one, as Myles Garrett, currently suspended indefinitely, went to New York in person to appear in front of NFL officials and appeals officers.

A day after the hearing, Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson report that Garrett told the NFL Mason Rudolph used a racial slur, which ignited the melee and resulted in Garrett swinging Rudolph's helmet and connecting with the quarterback's head.

Rudolph's agency released a statement only minutes after the report dropped strongly denying these accusations, outright calling Garrett's claim a lie.

This is a developing story, and we will update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: The NFL announced today that Garrett's indefinite suspension has been upheld, but there was no mention of the information reported by Schefter and Anderson.

UPDATE 2: An NFL spokesperson told Schefter the league investigated Garrett's claims and found "no such evidence" that Rudolph used such language.