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More than 75,000 pounds of salad products recalled over E.coli concerns

A New Jersey company is calling back more than 75,000 pounds of salad products because they may be contaminated with E. coli, federal health officials said this week.

In a notice posted on its website on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that Missa Bay, LLC is recalling 75,233 pounds of salad products that contain meat or chicken because the lettuce used in the products is possibly contaminated with E. coli.

MARYLAND E. COLI CASES POSSIBLY LINKED TO PACKAGED SALAD; FDA INVESTIGATES MULTISTATE OUTBREAK

The recalled items — which include pre-made salad bowls  — were distributed to various states, including: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The products were produced between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16, but the FSIS in the news release said it was concerned that some products “may be in consumers’ refrigerators even though they are past their use-by dates.”

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” it continues.

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The affected products were distributed to multiple states. (iStock)

The massive recall comes after the  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this week advised consumers in Maryland not to purchase or eat a specific lot of Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad amid an ongoing investigation into an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 17 people across eight states. At least seven people have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak.

The Maryland Department of health identified E.coli bacteria in an unopened package of Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad collected from a sick person’s home.

“All products from the same lot of lettuce are included in the recall,” the FSIS said on Thursday.

CAT FOOD RECALLED OVER POSSIBLE SALMONELLA CONTAMINATION

E. coli symptoms may vary from person to person, with some experiencing severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting while others develop a fever. Most patients recover within five to seven days, but other cases can be severe or even life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A list of recalled items can be found here.

Fox News’ Alexandria Hein contributed to this report. 

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Trump Attacks Impeachment Inquiry and Accuses a Witness of Lying

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President Trump and Melania Trump at the White House on Thursday.Credit…Samuel Corum for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday lashed out at the impeachment process and said a key witness — who swore under oath to be truthful — made up his testimony.

In a 53-minute phone interview with “Fox & Friends,” Mr. Trump referred to the account from David Holmes, a political counselor to the American ambassadors in Ukraine, who told impeachment investigators on Thursday that he had overheard Mr. Trump on a phone call with the American ambassador to the European Union ask about investigations into his political rivals.

“I guarantee you that never took place,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Holmes on Thursday described in detail the phone call between Mr. Trump and the ambassador, Gordon D. Sondland, discuss a recent meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. The two were dining together in a Kyiv restaurant a day after the phone call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Zelensky, which is at the heart of the impeachment investigation.

He addressed other topics during the interview, including the Democratic presidential candidates, progress on the wall along the United States border with Mexico and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

“If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Mr. Trump said.

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Yale women’s soccer coach no longer at program over sexual misconduct allegations at former school

Yale women’s soccer coach Brendan Faherty is no longer at the school after he was accused of sexual misconduct by former players at a college where he previously coached.

Yale made the announcement in a three-sentence statement on Friday.

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“Effective immediately, Brendan Faherty is no longer the head coach of the Yale University women’s soccer team. Faherty went 11-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Ivy League play in his only season,” the statement said, adding that Sarah Martinez and Sade Ayinde would become interim coaches.

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Yale University revealed Brendan Faherty was no longer the coach of the women’s soccer team amid sexual abuse allegations against him (Yale Athletics)

It wasn’t clear whether Faherty resigned or was fired.

Faherty coached at the University of New Haven from 2002 to 2009. According to the Yale Daily News, former players at New Haven accused him of groping one player and having a consensual relationship with another. Neither of the players was under the age of 18 at the time of the allegations.

Several former players under Faherty told the Yale Daily News they drank with him while they were players and that he frequently met with some at the bar. Faherty was 24 at the time he coached at New Haven.

5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS SUSPENDED OVER RACIST MESSAGES, INCLUDING KKK PHOTO

Daniel Rude, the University of New Haven associate director of athletics, told the Associated Press the school prohibits coach-student relationships. The NCAA has no official ban on coach-player relationships but encourages schools to prohibit them.

University of New Haven President Steven Kaplan said the school hired an independent firm to investigate allegations against Faherty.

“There is absolutely zero tolerance for anyone who jeopardizes the safety or sense of self-worth of students, faculty, staff, or any other member of the University family,” Kaplan said in a statement.

Yale officials released a separate statement on Faherty.

“The Yale Daily News shared deeply troubling information with the university, none of which was made known to the university in the interview and vetting process,” the school said. “As of November 20, 2019, Mr. Faherty is no longer employed by the university.”

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Faherty came from Stony Brook University to replace Rudy Meredith, who was caught in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Yale vice president for communications Nate Nickerson told the Yale Daily News that the accusations made in the newspaper were not revealed during the school’s background check.

Faherty has not commented on the allegations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Anticipating Impeachment, Republicans Debate Trial Timeline

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WASHINGTON — The White House and the Republicans in the Senate, all but certain that the House will move forward to impeach President Trump, are divided over whether to embrace a lengthy trial that could give his allies a chance to mount an elaborate defense of his conduct before a polarized nation, or to move quickly to dispense with charges against him.

Several Republican senators discussed the issue with some of Mr. Trump’s top aides on Thursday during a meeting at the White House that unfolded as the House Intelligence Committee capped off two weeks of public impeachment hearings exploring whether the president should be impeached on charges of pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals.

The group, which included some of Mr. Trump’s closest allies in the Senate and his legal and political advisers, came to no final conclusions about what a person briefed on the matter said would be a “totally unpredictable” situation as all 100 senators meet in public session for only the third time in history to consider whether to remove a president from office.

One White House official said nothing would be resolved until closer to the time of the actual trial. Another person familiar with the White House position said that they believe there should not be a vote in the House and that they considered the inquiry illegitimate, but that they welcomed the chance to present witnesses and try the case, which they cannot do in the current setting.

Mr. Trump has told friends that he is eager to see Senate Republicans aggressively argue that he did nothing wrong, after an elaborate House impeachment proceeding that has featured a constant barrage of damaging Democratic allegations.

But some lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, are pushing for a quick trial — perhaps as short as two weeks, according to people familiar with the meeting. They hope that a brief proceeding would limit the political damage to Mr. Trump and quickly lead to his acquittal, allowing him and the Republican Party to focus on winning the 2020 election.

Others believe that drawing a trial out for as long as a month early next year could bring political advantages to Republicans, especially if it forces several Democratic senators who are running for president to make a difficult choice between sitting in their seats during an impeachment trial or spending time with voters on the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire.

On Thursday, Mr. Graham sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents that could signal which witnesses Republicans might call during an impeachment trial and how his allies might seek to defend the president.

In the letter, Mr. Graham asked for documents and communications with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his son Hunter Biden, officials from the Obama administration and former President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine. The list suggests that Mr. Graham envisions a defense of Mr. Trump that focuses on shifting attention away from Mr. Trump’s conduct and onto the issue of whether Hunter Biden’s work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president was appropriate.

House Republicans unsuccessfully tried to persuade the Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry to subpoena Hunter Biden.

A longer trial might help a handful of moderate Republican senators who are eager to show independent voters that they are taking the allegations against Mr. Trump seriously. For those senators, a quick dismissal could be seen as a decision to condone the president’s actions and sweep them under the rug without due consideration. Republican leaders have told Mr. Trump that they do not believe they could get the 51 votes required to quickly dismiss potential articles of impeachment.

Mr. Trump himself is a wild card, according to several people familiar with his thinking about how to handle a trial that appears all but inevitable.

At some moments, the president has told people close to him that he wants to see a lengthy trial in which his defenders are given the opportunity to call witnesses and deliver speeches on his behalf. But at other times, as he watches a torrent of negative news on cable television, he has said he wants a quick end to a process that he finds intolerable.

On Thursday morning, he complained on Twitter about coverage of what he called the “phony Impeachment Hoax,” accusing the news media of failing to fairly report about the impeachment hearings. “FAKE & CORRUPT NEWS!”

In a separate lunch meeting with a group of eight senators on Thursday, including some who have signaled an openness to the impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump made brief comments about his frustration with the process, but did not ask for any commitments and did not discuss the procedures that a trial might follow, according to a statement from Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine.

“He feels that whatever has come forward has been exactly what he says — useless,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, told reporters after returning from the lunch.

Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, who has been one of the few members of the president’s party to criticize Mr. Trump’s conduct on Ukraine, attended the lunch but said Mr. Trump shook his hand and did not mention the comments about his conduct.

The staff-level discussions with the senators on Thursday focused on the variety of ways that a Senate trial could play out and decisions that Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, will eventually have to make about the rules that will govern it.

Those rules, which were last developed for the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton in early 1999, govern how the two sides present evidence, whether they can call witnesses, and what role senators would have as they serve as quasi-jurors on the Senate floor. The answers to those questions — which would have to be negotiated with Democratic senators — would affect how long a trial would last.

In Mr. Clinton’s case, senators agreed that Republicans could only call three witnesses to make their case against the president, making the trial much shorter than it might have been if they were allowed to present a longer case.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump — who frequently calls Republican lawmakers to comment on their television appearances — has begun reaching out to them by inviting small groups of senators to the White House for lunch. While the meetings have not been billed as pertaining to a certain topic, the impeachment inquiry has come up. Mr. Trump has also had Republican lawmakers review transcripts of both of his phone calls with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, before either call was released to the public for the first time.

Mr. Trump has also weighed in with his impressions of the House proceedings, and discussed strategy during the lunches.

“They’re just waiting for the House thing to play out,” said Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota, who attended a lunch last week.

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Homan on media outlets deleting botched Trump immigration story: Left is pushing a ‘false narrative’

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The political left is trying to push a “false narrative” about migrant children and family separations under the Trump administration, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan said Friday.

Several media organizations were forced to make retractions Tuesday after falsely attributing an Obama-era migrant child-detention statistic to President Trump’s policies.

Manfred Nowak, an expert from the U.N. Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, claimed Monday that 100,000 migrant children were detained by the Trump administration and indicated that it was the “world’s highest rate” of detained children.

MEDIA OUTLETS BLASTED FOR ‘CLUMSY’ HANDLING OF BOTCHED REPORT ABOUT OBAMA-ERA IMMIGRATION FIGURES 

The following day, however, Nowak acknowledged that the number he cited was from 2015 under President Barack Obama. The correction prompted several media outlets – including the Associated Press, Reuters, National Public Radio and Agence France-Presse (AFP) — to completely withdraw their stories containing the original, incorrect information.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: First” with host Heather Childers, Homan said that “many children” were locked up during the Obama administration who had come into the country unaccompanied.

“So, of course, the government has to take custody of them and they do all the checks to make sure they get released to relatives here,” he said.

“But, back in the Obama administration, that’s when we built the so-called ‘cages’ which aren’t cages,” said Homan, who served under both Trump and Obama.

The United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty reported 69,550 children in migration-related detention in the United States in 2019, down from 103,140 under the Obama administration in 2015.

MEDIA OUTLETS ATTRIBUTE OBAMA-ERA CHILD-DETENTION STATS TO TRUMP, ISSUE RETRACTIONS

“All the left wants to report is President Trump and his terrible policy, building these terrible facilities. No!” he exclaimed. “He’s using the same facilities that were built under the Obama administration, which is the exact thing we needed to do to respond to this crisis.”

“I remind [Congress] every time we’re up there: let’s tell the American people the truth about what happened under the Obama administration,” he told Childers.

Critics questioned why the articles about the Obama-era detention figures were deleted entirely, rather than just being corrected.

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“Real journalism is reporting the truth, not covering it up. When the article originally portrayed Trump negatively, it was big news. When the truth came out that Obama was to blame, not Trump, the headline and text should have been corrected, not taken down,” Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson told Fox News.

“The takedown appears political.”

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft heard blasting Trump in 2017 NFL meeting, audio reveals

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New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft blasted President Trump in a meeting at the height of the national anthem kneeling controversy in October 2017, uncovered audio revealed.

Kraft, who is a longtime friend of Trump’s, took a stand against the president’s rhetoric against players who were kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the U.S., according to audio obtained by TMZ Sports on Friday.

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“I must tell you, I think these dialogues are great,” Kraft said. “But, the elephant in the room now in my opinion, is this kneeling, which every player has a right to do if they feel it’s right.

“The problem we have is, we have a president that will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interest of the matter. It’s divisive and it’s horrible. And, it’s actually the opposite of what you all are trying to do.”

Kraft apparently said that no matter what the players did, about half of the country will side with Trump anyway.

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“I just hope one of the things that can come out of here is that we find a way to be unified. And, be able to carry through and follow through,” he said.

The meeting at which Kraft was heard speaking in took place in New York City during the middle of the 2017 season. According to the New York Times, about 30 people were at the meeting that included owners, players and league executives. Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had even made a point to say “let’s make sure that we keep this confidential.”

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The New York Times report confirms Kraft’s quote about Trump in the audio.

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British police make another arrest after migrants found dead inside refrigerated truck

A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland has become the latest person to be arrested following the grim discovery of dozens of bodies inside a refrigerated container truck in Britain.

Essex Police say the man was taken into custody Friday along a highway northwest of London on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

The bodies of 31 men and eight women – all from Vietnam — were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays. Police said the victims were aged 15 to 44 and are believed to have paid human traffickers for their clandestine transit into England.

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Police escort the truck that was found to contain the bodies away from an industrial area in Thurrock, south England. (AP)

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British police have already charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, a truck driver also from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

In Ireland, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison faces U.K. extradition proceedings on charges of manslaughter. Several other people have been arrested in Vietnam.

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Ronan Hughes, 40, and his 34-year-old brother Christopher Hughes are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, Essex Police said Tuesday. (Essex Police)

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Investigators are also still searching for two brothers from Northern Ireland: Ronan Hughes, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, who are both wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, according to Essex Police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NFL found ‘no evidence’ Mason Rudolph hurled slur at Myles Garrett, reportedly had no sound from brawl

The NFL said Thursday it found “no such evidence” that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph hurled a racial slur at Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett prior to their brawl last week.

One of the bigger reasons the league didn’t have evidence to support Garrett’s claim was because the NFL didn’t have any recorded sound from the game, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. While the offensive linemen are mic’d up to enhance sound from quarterbacks, it is not recorded for use after the game is over. FOX Sports cameras also failed to capture sound of the incident.

MYLES GARRETT’S SUSPENSION UPHELD AFTER HE REPORTEDLY ACCUSED STEELERS’ MASON RUDOLPH OF USING RACIAL SLUR BEFORE BRAWL

According to the Plain-Dealer, the NFL used a referee’s official report and the available camera angles. Clete Blakeman said he did not hear a racial slur during the skirmish between Garrett and Rudolph.

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Garrett’s allegation that Rudolph used a racial slur was brought to light in his appeal of his indefinite suspension, ESPN reported. He said in a statement after the suspension was upheld that he knew what he heard in regards to the slur.

“I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension,” he said in a statement. “This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed.”

Garrett added: “I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”

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Rudolph denied using a racial slur in a statement released through the Steelers.

“Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement to ESPN. “He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Rudolph’s agent also denied his client used the slur.

EX-BROWNS STAR CRITICIZES STEELERS’ MASON RUDOLPH OVER STATEMENT ON MELEE

“According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett,” Rudolph’s agent said in a statement.

“The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.”

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Rudolph is expected to be fined for his role in the brawl, but discipline has yet to be announced.

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The public impeachment hearings were a total GOP disaster

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Myles Garrett racial slur allegation draws fierce reaction from Steelers, Browns players

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett reportedly accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur prior to the start of their infamous brawl last week — and the allegation drew fierce responses from both teams.

Garrett made the allegation during the appeal of his indefinite suspension Wednesday, ESPN reported. The allegation wasn’t made in any of the days after the brawl, though Garrett was asked by reporters whether Rudolph said anything to him that made him go berserk.

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Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio was one of Garrett’s defenders after a report of the allegation surfaced Thursday. He told reporters that if Garrett said Rudolph used a racial slur then he believes him, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson also believed that it wouldn’t be something Garrett would lie about.

“I know he wouldn’t lie on nothin’ like that,” Richardson said. “He’s kind of a carefree type of guy, so I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t lie about nothin’ like that.”

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Though he said he didn’t know anything about a racial slur being used, Richardson was sure a slur would have been a reason why Garrett acted the way he did.

“Nah, dude grabbing at my facemask and underneath my facemask and grabbing at my Johnson and stuff like that, definitely,” Richardson said. “An ass-kicking was coming, it’s just that simple. You’re trying hurt me, I’m hurting you. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, everyone deaf, dumb and blind at the end of the day, so that’s the way you want to go, we can take it that way.”

Odell Beckham Jr. also defended Garrett.

In Pittsburgh, Steelers players defended Rudolph.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) goes after Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Cameron Heyward said his quarterback was being “villainized,” according to ESPN.

“He was pretty distraught. Mason came to me and said, ‘I did not say that’,” Heyward said. “I think we knew that using that as an excuse is not right.”

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Heyward added: “He’s being villainized by it. He said, ‘I’m going to be labeled as that.’ I just don’t think that’s right. That’s my teammate. I’m going to fight for him. I’m going to do what’s best for him. That kid made a bad mistake, but he never crossed the line when he talked about a racial slur.”

Alejandro Villanueva also defended Rudolph, according to The Athletic.

“I think using any kind of racial slurs has no place in our country whatsoever, but I think fabricating a story where somebody used a racial slur is a lot more damaging,” he said.

While Garrett said he “knows what he heard,” the NFL said it found “no such evidence” that Rudolph used a slur. Garrett’s indefinite suspension was upheld.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reacts after swinging a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns general manager John Dorsey released a statement on the league’s ruling.

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“As we’ve consistently stated, our organizational support for Myles will continue,” he said. “He’s a man of high character and unquestionable integrity. He was open and honest with us about the incident from the start. He has taken accountability for his actions on Thursday night and this situation will not define him. As an organization, our focus going forward remains on the task-at-hand, which is preparing for the Miami Dolphins.”

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