Cleveland Browns Coach Says Odell Beckham Was “Choked” During Win

Beckham and Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey were involved in an altercation

Cleveland Coach Says Odell Beckham Was “Choked” During Win
Odell Beckham catches a pass against Marlon Humphrey of the Ravens. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / September 30, 2019 9:44 am

Hosting the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens had a chance to take a stranglehold of the AFC North with a win.

Instead, they choked against their division rivals and lost 40-25 — but they weren’t the only ones.

According to Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens, star receiver Odell Beckham was choked during the win by Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey in an altercation on the field.

“I saw what you saw,” Kitchens told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “He was getting choked on the ground. They get away with that because it’s Odell. I’m going to be on the phone with Al (Riveron) when I get on the bus.”

There were four penalties called on the play, but they offset and no ejections were made by officials.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Humphrey was repentant for what happened with Beckham.

“I ran into him after the game and apologized, it’s not really the brand of football I really want to represent,” he said. “When the whistle blows, it’s got to be over with. It got my team a flag and it’s never good when you get a flag. Like I said, it’s not the brand I want to represent, so I was happy I was able to talk to him after the game.”

Beckham was also upset about the altercation, albeit for a different reason.

Though they lost, the Ravens did a pretty good job covering Beckham as Humphrey and his teammates limited the star receiver to just two catches and 20 yards on seven targets.

All the coverage freed up Beckham’s teammate Jarvis Landry, as he caught eight passes for 167 yards in the win.

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