Ravens release new footage of alleged Odell Beckham Jr. choking incident
The Baltimore Ravens have responded to the ongoing controversy surrounding an incident from Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns in which Marlon Humphrey has been accused of choking Odell Beckham Jr.
On Tuesday, the Ravens organization shared a link to new footage of the incident involving Humphrey and Beckham on its official Twitter account. In the tweet, the Ravens make the case that “close-up video shows exactly what happened, and that Humphrey didn’t choke him.”
There’s been a lot of talk about the play between Marlon Humphrey and Odell Beckham Jr.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 1, 2019
Close-up video shows exactly what happened, and that Humphrey didn’t choke him.
: https://t.co/mdpmljNMxl pic.twitter.com/AO9KAfCW6a
Beckham and Humphrey were involved in the on-field altercation late in the third quarter during the Browns’ 40-25 thumping of the Ravens. The fracas got ugly, and after both players ended up on the ground, video appears to show Humphrey chocking Beckham.
Here’s what it looked like. pic.twitter.com/8w4xdS4u9F— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) September 29, 2019
Both players received offsetting personal foul penalties, and the case can be made the two were fortunate to not be ejected.
The Browns, including Beckham himself as well as head coach Freddie Kitchens, have been railing against the incident ever since the game concluded. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, meanwhile, downplayed the situation on Monday while downplaying Humphrey’s role in the melee.
Kitchens, meanwhile, made his unhappiness with the way the situation was handled abundantly clear while discussing it with reporters on Monday.
“I don’t like seeing our player on the field and someone’s hands around his throat. I don’t like that,” Kitchens said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “I don’t think that needs to be in our game, and I would be the first to say that if it was our guy doing it. And I want everybody held to the same standard. That’s all I want.”
It remains to be seen how the NFL addresses the incident, including whether or not the league will determine whether any fines or other punishments are merited. That said, it’s clear the Browns and the Ravens unsurprisingly have distinctly different views of what happened.