The Cleveland Browns offseason got off to a great start with the news that Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL.
“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” general manager Andrew Berry said. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”
Statement from Andrew Berry on Myles Garrett’s reinstatement: pic.twitter.com/tWtLdGpup1
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 12, 2020
Garrett was suspended indefinitely by the NFL without pay for swinging a helmet and striking Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head.
In a statement, the NFL said, “Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
Shortly after it was announced that Garrett was reinstated, Garrett posted a message on Twitter to share his excitement and thoughts on the news.
Garrett posted a meme from, “John Wick,” in which Keanu Reeves’ titular character says, ‘but now, yeah, I’m thinking, “I’m back.'”
— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) February 12, 2020
Garrett is clearly ready and excited to get started in the 2020 NFL season.
He also has clearly expressed remorse for the incident and has taken full responsibility for what happened.
The Browns tweeted a statement credited to Garrett a couple of hours after Garrett’s punishment was shared with the public:
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistakes and I fully intend to do so.”
“I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake, and I fully intend to do so.”
He has been one of the most dominant pass rushers in the past two seasons totaling 23.5 sacks.
Having 10 sacks at the time, he was also in the conversation for defensive player of the year last season before being suspended.
The team also announced that Garrett is expected to leave next week for Tanzania, in which he will take part in the Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys program, which provides clean water in East African locales.