PITTSBURGH – At the same time, the NFL in appeal New York heard the appeal of Miles Garrett, the Pittsburgh Fellows quarterback Mason Rudolph enter the team's back room with a hand-drawn note paper.
Facing dozens of cameras and members of the media with his back against an unmarked white wall, Rudolph read aloud from the newspaper, saying he should have done a better job keeping his composure during the late-game fight with Cleveland Browns. resulted in three suspensions.
"I had to do a better job of dealing with that situation," Rudolph said. "I have no ill will towards Miles Garrett. Great respect for his ability as a player. And I know that if Miles could go back, he would handle the situation differently.
"As for my inclusion last week, there is no acceptable excuse. The bottom line is I should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation and [not] I'm not missing out on what I believe to be a Pittsburgh Felliner and a member of the NHL. "
The NHL suspended Garrett for the rest of the season because he tore Rudolph's helmet and clubs him in the head. Mauritius Penis Steel Center, who shot and punched Garrett after hitting Rudolph, was suspended for three games. The league banned Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunobi, a game of Rudolph's back and ground shooting.
Rudolf's conciliatory tone on Wednesday was a departure from last week's volatile post-conference press conference, where he called Garrett's actions "bush league" and "cowardly".
This time, he explained that he lost his cool in the second to the last game of the game, when he referred to Garrett's hit on him.
"We have already lost two of our penalty shootout players," Rudolph said. "As I was shooting the ball, I was shooting late. I didn't agree with the way he then took me to the ground and my natural reaction was to just take him out. "
Video of the incident shows Rudolph trying to take off Garrett's helmet by pulling it off the hook. Asked if the action was in opposition to the defensive end, Rudolf delayed the statement.
"Like I said, the way it got me late, in essence it was the last game of the game, I was just trying to get it out of me," he said.
After Garrett tore Rudolf's helmet, Rudolph ran after Garrett, who retained offensive lineman David DeCastro.
"I have to do a better job of keeping my composure in those situations," Rudolph said, "and I think it was an unfortunate situation for both teams involved."
Although he cited earlier hits by wide receiver Yu Smithim Smith-Schuster and Dionta Johansson in his statement, Rudolph said those performances were "totally isolated" and did not contribute to what he felt during the fight.
Rudolph added that he did not say anything to provoke Garrett or escalate the situation.
A day earlier, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he had nothing for his team to learn from the incident.
"I don't know that we did everything to make it happen in the first place," Tomlin said. "That's why I said we have nothing to learn from it."
Rudolf was not punished in the incident, but a source told ESPN that a fine was expected. Rudolph said he would stick to everything the league would hand over.