Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey has been all over Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during Sunday’s Browns-Ravens contest. Halfway through the fourth quarter, OBJ had zero receptions for zero yards, a sign that he has been well-covered.
Beckham obviously didn’t like it much. Tension between him and Humphrey was brewing all game, and the two had some passionate exchanges after plays. It boiled over and came to blows in the third quarter, resulting in Humphrey choke-slamming Beckham to the ground while a referee watches it play out on the ground in front of him.
So what happened before that? In this video you can see Beckham trying to hook his leg around Humphrey’s leg, presumably to bring him down to the ground so the choking would stop.
Marlon Humphrey literally tried to kill OBJ pic.twitter.com/g74wQamnhN
— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) September 29, 2019
Even that’s not the whole story. It looks like OBJ tried to punch Humphrey before the choking began, near the start of the play.
OBJ and Humphrey going at it. pic.twitter.com/r6bxIo0Uum
— KingRablo NFL Pred(33-15) (@RichardJAdkins) September 29, 2019
So there was an attempted punch and then a brutal choke-slam. How did the referees handle all of this? Offsetting penalties and replaying the down. If that’s what happens when a player puts his hands around another player’s throat and slams him to the ground, I’d hate to see what it would take for these referees to eject someone from the game.
After the game, Beckham did offer up one regret:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 29, 2019
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, though, was a bit more upset about the incident than Beckham was — and is planning to call Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vice president of officiating, about the play.
“I saw what you saw. He was getting choked on the ground,” Kitchens said, via ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “They get away with that because it’s Odell. I’m going to be on the phone with Al when I get on the bus.”
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