CLEVELAND -- Myles Garrett produced another document on Thursday that he claims proves he was the target of racial slurs by Ohio State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who had acknowledged making the remarks when pressed about the matter in the days before the NFL draft.
On Sunday, NFL.com released two videos of Garrett, a Myles Garrett, dressed in a suit and waiting for a flight to his hometown of Riverside, Louisiana. One is of Garrett's arrival in New Orleans on Monday, the second of Garrett seated in a lounge and a third that shows him at a restaurant.
The New Orleans Advocate published Garrett's return address - Riverside, Louisiana.
In one of the videos, Garrett can be heard making allegations of racial discrimination.
"That's for you, Mason Rudolph," Garrett says while staring into the camera. "You called me a stupid n-word. That's for you, Mason Rudolph."
The Cleveland Browns are set to select No. 1 overall in this month's NFL draft. Rudolph is projected to be a second-round pick.
"I don't play this game to be anybody's punching bag, to be victimized in any way," Garrett said in a statement released by his attorney, John Q. Kelly. "Mason Rudolph's ignorance and lack of respect for me, the Constitution, our country and his class in how he regards fellow men both on and off the field have had and will continue to have a negative impact on his reputation and potential business ventures in the NFL. At the end of the day, it's personal. Mason Rudolph's disrespecting of my dignity for his immature means to understand the power of language clearly shaped my childhood, molded my choices throughout my life, and will forever inspire me to make better choices throughout my life."
Garrett also released a statement in which he said he had intended to attend the New Orleans celebration but decided not to attend when he heard the quarterback would be there as well.
"I'm living my life as an example of how a respectful man can overcome obstacles, lead with example and have a legacy throughout his lifetime," Garrett said. "I realize Mason Rudolph is an established, respectful athlete in his own right and I've been humbled and moved by his example of leadership throughout my career.
"I am an example of how athletes can stay true to themselves and I am an example of how an NFL draft choice can overcome adversity and lead with respect."
The Browns later released a statement to the media announcing Garrett's release of the videos and not apologizing for Garrett's allegation.
Last week, one of Garrett's teammates, Michael Thomas, said he "100 percent" believed Garrett's claim that Rudolph used a racial slur to describe him during a question-and-answer session. Garrett did not submit a formal complaint to the NFL at the time of Thomas' comments.
The issue has begun to create a buzz in Cleveland. Of course, Browns fans have been conditioned by the previous regime to believe that any effort to disrespect the owner in any way was viewed positively by the organization.
"That's his problem, not mine," Garrett said. "I'm not an angel but I'm my own person. I'm not any more responsible for what he does or doesn't do or doesn't say or how he acts or how he's judged than anyone else. I'm my own man."
On the eve of his first pro bowl, Garrett has developed something of a following after the league covered his flight to Atlanta for the game's media day. Garrett was the last player off the team's charter after its 2 p.m. news conference, which ended early because of winter storms that barreled through the Southeast.
"I feel like it's going to just add to the excitement of what I'm looking to achieve this year," Garrett said. "People are looking forward to me going to New Orleans, to Indianapolis, to Israel, to Buffalo. ...
"You never know, when you put something in God's hands, it's really going to take off."