Thursday Night Football Fight Lands Browns, Steelers in Hot Water
If you made it to the end of Cleveland and Pittsburgh’s Thursday Night Football matchup this week, you witnessed what may have been one of the nastiest moments ever to take place on a professional football field.
With just eight seconds left on the game clock, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett yanked off Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet and swung it at his head.
ABSOLUTE CHAOS pic.twitter.com/ChNwQrq7wv— Barstool Sports (@BarstoolsTweets) November 15, 2019
In response, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey punched Garrett and kicked him in the head.
It was nasty all around, and the NFL wasted no time in handing down hefty suspensions to those involved. Garrett is suspended indefinitely without pay, and Pouncey received a three-game suspension for his part in the scuffle. Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi will also be sitting out one game for his own cheap shot at Rudolph. Both organizations were hit with a $250,000 fine.
Additional suspensions may be handed down as league officials continue to comb through tape of the Thursday Night Football fight. Though all players can appeal their suspensions, it seems fairly certain that we won’t be seeing Myles Garrett on a football field anytime real soon.
The Latest In The Kaepernick Saga: A Real Shot, or a PR Stunt?
The NFL continues to do Colin Kaepernick dirty, but this time, Kap could finally end up coming out on top.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the NFL contacted Kaepernick’s team of agents with the proposal to hold a workout for Kaepernick to be held on this upcoming Saturday. They were given just two hours to accept the proposition. When Kaepernick asked to schedule the workout for Tuesday (just three days later), his request was denied. He asked to schedule it to a different Saturday; that request was also turned down.
In addition to being rigid about scheduling the workout, the league is also reportedly going back on a prior arrangement that would allow access to information relating to the workout’s attendance. Despite previously agreeing to release a list of coaches and team personnel who planned to attend the event (which will consist of on-field work and an interview session), the NFL is now refusing to do so. The league denies ever agreeing to release the list in the first place.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, several teams have reached out to Kaepernick to let him know they were unavailable to attend on such short notice and to voice their confusion about scheduling the workout for a Saturday when most teams will be in crunch time preparing for an upcoming game.
Many are calling this a poorly covered-up PR stunt by the NFL.
Time will tell how this story shakes out, but at this point, it appears to be the latest in a long string of bad looks for the NFL. In the meantime, let's keep our fingers crossed that this will end with a contract for Colin Kaepernick.
The Kaepernick workout is PR BS. They’ll ask him if he’ll agree to not kneel and make him choose between his dream and his principles. It’s a convenient way of putting the reason why he’s not in the NFL on him. They can say he’s not good enough and/or he’s a troublemaker.— Touré (@Toure) November 14, 2019
As a coach's kid myself, I absolutely cannot get enough of Austin Rivers trying to get his dad ejected from Wednesday's Clippers-Rockets matchup. Please enjoy.
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