PITTSBURGH — A jovial Maurkice Pouncey failed to have any regrets about his role in the combat between Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Browns defensive conclusion Myles Garrett 3 weeks in the past in Cleveland.
Pouncey, who served a two-game suspension, was gregarious and gentle-hearted while talking publicly Wednesday for the 1st time since the brawl.
“The NFL had to make a statement, and rightfully so,” Pouncey explained of the fines. “At the finish of the working day, the struggle did not glimpse excellent, but the battle was worth it.”
Pouncey was to begin with suspended three video games and fined $35,096 for the battle. He ran in after the enjoy, arriving at the skirmish as Garrett swung Rudolph’s individual helmet at the quarterback. Pouncey punched and kicked Garrett, knocking him absent from Rudolph.
Pouncey won his charm, nevertheless, by telling the NFL that he stopped fighting when the brawl finished. His punishment was decreased by a match.
“As quickly as the brawl stopped, I stopped,” Pouncey said. “They did not have to quit me, I was not chasing down the players. It was just one particular male.”
Even with the discipline, the 10-year veteran stated he failed to regret his steps from that night time.
“No regrets,” Pouncey said. “I have moved on now, guy. All people experienced to pay back their fines. Every person experienced to do their due diligence. The dollars was worth it, rely on me.”
Pouncey also refuted Garrett’s allegation that Rudolph utilized a racial slur.
“Come on male, which is not accurate at all,” Pouncey claimed. “Truthfully, you fellas know Mason. You guys have been all around him a prolonged time. It is not his 1st time. Have confidence in me, if he was racist, it would’ve acquired uncovered.”
Pouncey put in his two-week suspension functioning out in neighborhood fitness centers close to Pittsburgh. Sunday morning, he acquired up and did a cardio exercise to fill the void of not playing. He mentioned he was greeted routinely at L.A. Health and World Physical fitness by supporters holding up fists and telling him they would’ve gotten in another punch or kick.
“It was amusing just to hear from people today,” he stated. “All over the place I go, people are like this, placing the fist up.”
Pouncey also felt solid assist from his personal locker room. Not only did they put on “Cost-free Pouncey” sweatshirts, but group captain Cam Heyward also introduced a activity ball to Pouncey at his house right after Sunday’s gain from the Browns.
“I in no way acquired a recreation ball sitting down at the dwelling,” Pouncey reported. “It was rather cool.”
“I received just one for my brother, too. Just in situation he will get locked up,” Pouncey reported with a chortle.
Refreshed after the two- week crack, Pouncey is all set to return to exercise forward of a critical extend that could incredibly perfectly conclusion with a playoff berth.
“I come to feel like this is the beginning of the yr,” Pouncey mentioned. “I have got a lot of electrical power. We’re heading to see how matters change out right now at follow. I know all the men are enthusiastic. We have just obtained to continue to be humbled and focused.”