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Browns fans have a Mason Rudolph pinata at their tailgate


Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet as offensive guard David DeCastro tries to stop Garrett during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns fans are not going to be forgetting the Myles Garrett suspension anytime soon. In Week 12, the first game of Garrett’s suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet, Browns fans had a Rudolph piñata at a tailgate. A fan was blindfolded and given a Steelers helmet with which to swing at Rudolph. Here’s some video from earlier this morning.

Nobody ever accused Browns fans of being subtle, and this certainly is about as unsubtle as it gets. Rudolph grabbed at Garrett’s helmet initially. After the two were separated, things escalated and resulted in Garrett grabbing Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him once in the head with it. Garrett reportedly told appeals officer James Thrash that Rudolph called him a racial slur, but the indefinite suspension was upheld.

Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported there is optimism Garrett will not miss any games next season. He is suspended through at least the end of this season, and then indefinitely after that. He is required to meet with Roger Goodell before he can be reinstated.