Harbaugh defends Peters after alleged spitting incident: ‘That’s not his style’

Andrew Gillis
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Harbaugh defends Peters after spitting incident: ‘That’s not his style’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended cornerback Marcus Peters on Friday, saying the alleged spitting incident between the All-Pro corner and Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry wasn’t Peters’ style.

A clip surfaced of Peters spitting in the direction of Landry during Monday’s game against the Browns, something Landry took offense to. This week, he called Peters a “coward” for what he felt was deliberate, an act that Peters and the Ravens have denied.

“He told me exactly what he said in the statement, and that’s exactly what I saw on the field,” Harbaugh said. “I saw the clip of it after that; I didn’t know anything about it until then. I talked to Jarvis after the game. I had a great conversation with Jarvis; he’s a great guy, and we have great respect for him. But no way would Marcus do that. I know Marcus really well – that’s not his style, anyway. If he was upset, he wouldn’t be doing that. What he did was he spat in a direction, it wasn’t in anybody’s direction, per se. You can tell that on the clip.”

Thursday, Peters released a statement through the team denying it was purposeful.

“I didn’t spit at Jarvis,” Peters said. “Where I come from, when you have an issue with someone, you deal with it face-to-face, man-to-man. Anyone who believes that I intentionally spit at him does not know me – plain and simple.”

Peters is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with a calf injury.