Cleveland Browns supporters have been slammed by NFL fans after using an effigy of Mason Rudolph as a pinata and hitting it with a helmet.
In Week 11, Myles Garrett removed the 24-year-old’s helmet and used it as a weapon to hit him in the head with it in the dying embers of the game.
In an utterly stupid rush of blood to the head, the damage that could have been done could have been career-ending.
The result was a season-long suspension for Garrett and handed a $45,000 fine but that has not been the end of the matter by a longshot.
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As part of their tailgating festivities ahead of their match against the Miami Dolphins, Browns fans were seen cheering on another draped in a Garrett shirt.
He was holding a stick with an effigy of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Rudolph hanging off it.
And another Cleveland fan was blindfolded and attempting to hit the makeshift pinata – with a helmet.
The classless display has not been received well, with many NFL supporters furious with the lack of respect shown.
One fan said: “Trashiest fanbase in the NFL.”
Another said: “This is a bad look, gang.”
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“Just Cleveland making sure everyone knows they’re still Cleveland,” this fan quipped.
And this supporter said: “Worst fan base in the NFL, they deserve the c*** team they have.”
“We are better than this, guys,” another tweeted.
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At the time, Rudolph insisted that he should have handled the situation better.
He said: ”As I released the ball, I took a late shot, did not agree with the way he then took me to the ground. And my natural reaction was just to get him off from on top of me."
"And again, I should have done a better job handling that situation.”
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