Could Myles Garrett Face Criminal Charges?


If you’re a football fan or you just logged into social media in the last 24 hours, you’ve probably seen the highlight from the Browns and Steelers game. The highlight that we’re talking about, of course, is when a fight breaks out between Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. During the fight, Rudolph helmet is pulled off of his head. Garrett then swings his helmet and hits Rudolph on the head. This has a lot of people talking, questioning whether Myles Garrett could be facing criminal charges.

Could Myles Garrett be Charged with Assault?

So, first, can Garrett be charged criminally? A criminal charge for this altercation would stem from two main points of emphasis, consent and scope. They are kind of the two things that a prosecutor or a judge or jury would look at in a legal proceeding. You may say, football is filled with big men with bad intentions. These athletes are paid millions of dollars to get hit on every play. They’re going to get tackled. Similarly, in basketball, they could get elbowed. In boxing, they could get punched. Therefore, it is obvious that these players have given consent to physical contact. What we must look at, however, is the scope of the contact. Since Garrett struck Rudolph after the play was finished, that would be outside the scope of what is involved in the sport. So, criminally, that’s what they’re looking at.

The short answer is: Yes, Myles Garrett could theoretically be charged with assault. Will he be charged? Probably not.

Could Garrett be Charged with Use of a Deadly Weapon?

According to Ohio Code 2903.12, aggravated assault occurs when an individual:

Cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, as defined in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code.

Prosecutors have charged people with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony for wrenches, hammers, and other tools. So, theoretically, prosecutors could try to press charges. Whether or not it would stick in court is another question entirely. It is highly unlikely that prosecutors get involved. It is most likely that they’re going to let the NFL run the course of their investigation and do whatever they do.

Could Mason Rudolph Sue Myles Garrett?

Is it possible for Rudolph to sue Garrett in civil court? Well, there’s actually case precedence from 1979—Hackbart v. Cincinnati Bengals. In the game, the Denver Broncos are beating the Cincinnati Bengals. During the course of the game, a Bengals player takes a cheap shot at Hackbart away from the play. The judges allowed him to move forward with his injury claim in court because the hit happened outside the scope of the game.

What would Rudolph Recover Financially?

To understand how much Rudolph could recover financially, you would need to know specific details about his injury. In terms of what is eligible for compensation, there are a variety of different things. He could get reimbursed for medical bills, lost wages (which could be pretty substantial for an NFL quarterback), and a loss of future earning potential.

Can Mason Rudolph Press Criminal Charges?

That’s really not how it works. In most circumstances, crimes are not committed in front of the police. They have to rely on people calling them and asking for their help. Typically, when a crime occurs, an individual must call and report the crime for police to step in. Something like this, however, when millions of people are witnesses, is a little different. They don’t need Mason Rudolph’s permission to move forward with criminal charges against Garrett. Millions of people saw it. Basically, Rudolph’s choice as far as the criminal charges are concerned is whether or not he chooses to cooperate.

The Possible Legal Consequences

As previously mentioned, there is a possibility that Myles Garrett could face criminal charges due to his on the field altercation with Mason Rudolph. Are charges really going to be pressed? That is doubtful. However, there is nothing stopping Rudolph from suing Myles Garrett or the Cleveland Browns in civil court. They would have to show that the injury caused by Garrett had a more severe impact than just hurting Rudolph’s ego, though. Will he press charges in civil court? Again, this is doubtful. However, the legal

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