Ben Maller: “Forget suspension for Myles Garrett, this is a CRIMINAL ACT. If that’s outside the stadium, you’re going to have to deal with the district attorney’s office. That’s assault with a deadly weapon. Which is a felony if you commit the assault with an intent to kill or cause serious injury. If you throw a helmet down on someone who doesn’t have a helmet on, you are trying to inflict serious bodily injury. What constitutes a deadly weapon is not specifically constituted by any laws and it’s a wide range of dangerous objects. This is a ‘Class E’ felony what this knucklehead Myles Garrett did, which is punishable by 15-31 months in prison. You’re talking about over a year in prison and people are talking about a suspension from the NFL?? That should be the LEAST of his problems! This AIN’T gonna end here.” (Full Audio at Bottom of Page)
Listen to Ben Maller explain why Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett could be facing a much more serious penalty than just a season-ending banishment handed down by the league for smashing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s head with Rudolph's own helmet.
Maller thinks this incident could very well end up playing out in the courtroom, with Rudolph’s agent even reportedly weighing legal options into possibly pressing charges.
Although unprecedented to the average fan, violence on the playing field HAS resulted in actual legal ramifications for the aggressor in professional sports. Former NHL enforcer Marty McSorley was charged with assault and sentenced to 18 months probation while narrowly avoided jail time after hitting Donald Brashear in the head with his stick during a game between the Bruins and Canucks on February 21st, 2000.
McSorley never played an NHL game again, and the Provincial Court of British Columbia took the violent play very seriously considering Brashear was knocked unconscious and suffered a serious concussion.
Check out the audio below as Maller details why this incident wasn’t simply a football fight that got out of hand in an already violent game; this was something CRIMINAL.