Browns’ Richardson Feels Steelers QB Deserved Punishment

Associated Press
November 18, 2019 - 2:53 pm
Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (98) before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium

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By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson believes Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph deserved to be punished for his role in Myles Garrett striking him with a helmet.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his violent actions and he’ll have his appeal heard Wednesday. As the Browns returned to practice Monday without their best defensive player, Richardson said Rudolph should have been disciplined for grabbing Garrett’s face mask and scratching him.

Richardson didn’t condone his teammate’s behavior. However, he said Rudolph “can't antagonize a fight and then claim bullying. ... you get what's coming to you. He was protecting himself. I don't blame him. Guy keeps rushing me, even with the helmet off, he's asking for it. Just leave it at that."

Richardson believes Garrett “has a leg to stand on” with his appeal.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will continue to support Garrett, who “had a bad lapse in judgment.”

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