VIDEO: Mike Tomlin Appears on ESPN to Slam Network Over Myles Garrett Interview and Treatment of Mason Rudolph

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin ripped ESPN in a cameo on "First Take" on Monday
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin ripped ESPN in a cameo on "First Take" on Monday /

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is going to great lengths to defend Mason Rudolph over Myles Garrett's insistence that the 24-year-old quarterback uttered a racial slur that instigated the team's ugly brawl back in Week 11. First, Tomlin published a scathing statement over the weekend in which he practically called Garrett a liar. Fast forward to Monday, and Tomlin bodied ESPN in a cameo on First Take for how the network has covered the matter.

Shots, indeed, have been fired.

Tomlin absolutely ripped into ESPN for the interview they aired last week with Garrett, asserting that it didn't accurately portray Rudolph's side of the predicament.

Perhaps Tomlin's most telling quote of his interview with Stephen A. Smith came when he said, "To be quite honest with you, we were hacked off at what we saw this weekend. Not specifically for Myles Garrett, he’s been in the lane that he is in, but what was displayed by ESPN in that panel, the way that the situation was presented, I don’t think was fair to Mason Rudolph, and that is why I am here today."

“It’s been a lot of negativity around Mason Rudolph," Tomlin continued. "He got fined $50k for essentially getting beat up. His reputation was tarnished for the allegations…he was an active participant in the altercation, a lot of the things that have gone on beyond that, I struggle with.”

Tomlin also stated his previous intentions of moving on from the scenario after the NFL levied its punishments, but Garrett reiterating Rudolph's use of a racial slur forced him to come public and defend his signal caller.

With Rudolph's lawyers also potentially pursuing defamation charges against Garrett, this saga isn't anywhere close to resolving itself.