dThe Last Dance ended on Sunday after 10 parts, sparking numerous reactions on social media. Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was among this group, and he used the opportunity to talk about the show while taking a shot at his teammate, Odell Beckham Jr. The wide receiver responded and called out Garrett while comparing their legal situations.
The interaction started when Garrett tweeted a video of Dennis Rodman slapping Karl Malone's backside. He captioned the clip by saying that it was how Beckham thought "slapping the cop was gonna go." This referenced a situation from the College Football Playoffs National Championship Game when Beckham slapped a security officer on the backside during the postgame celebration. An arrest warrant was issued but later recalled after the officer declined to pursue assault charges.
"Wait a min!!!! That wasn't even the worst part .... the worst part was I got charged wit assault..... and u somehow didn't !!! only in America," Beckham wrote in response. His comments referenced Garrett's suspension near the end of the 2019 NFL season. The league offices indefinitely suspended the former first overall pick in November after he hit Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his helmet.
The incident occurred at the end of the primetime Thursday night game between the Browns and Steelers. Garrett tackled Rudolph with eight seconds remaining, leading to the pair fighting on the ground. Throughout the fight, the defensive end ripped off Rudolph's helmet and hit him over the head. Garrett later alleged that Rudolph had used a racial slur before the hit.
A massive brawl began after Garrett's hit, and the league suspended three players. Garrett, Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey all left the game before the final play. Officials ejected Ogunjobi for shoving Rudolph to the ground from behind and Pouncey for kicking Garrett while he was on the ground. All three players were fined and suspended for varying amounts of time.
Despite an outcry on social media, Garrett was not charged in the incident. Rudolph did not pursue criminal charges while the defensive end only faced an indefinite suspension without pay. The NFL has since reinstated Garrett ahead of the 2020 season. He will be back with the Browns in time to meet the Steelers two more times.