UPDATED 10/4/19, 2:04 p.m. ET: Odell Beckham Jr. seems to be over the situation that took place last Sunday. "We grown ass men," OBJ said when asked if he thought Humphrey choked him. "I can't feel that when we're out there. We get hit every day. We get hit by 300 pounders. Talking about something like that, I'm good."
OBJ also confirmed that the league fined him for the incident, and he plans to appeal the decision.
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Tempers flared during Cleveland's Sunday matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, culminating in the third quarter, when Odell Beckham Jr. and Ravens cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, got into a scuffle. At the time, it appeared as though Humphrey choked Beckham after driving the wide receiver to the ground, but the Ravens aren't so sure.
The team released a slow-motion video of the incident, which shows Beckham attempting to punch Humphrey's helmet. Humphrey then takes OBJ to the ground, where his hands slip under his helmet. While he's dangerously close to the receiver's neck, it's unclear if Humphrey actually chokes Beckham. Ravens editorial director, Ryan Mink, writes that "Humphrey definitely did not choke Beckham," and said that what Humphrey did was a reaction to Beckham throwing a punch at him. He also said that Humphrey apologized to Beckham after the game.
Beckham meanwhile, seemed nonplussed about the incident, and was more concerned about losing his earring.
The same couldn't be said for Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, who sounded off after the game.
When Monday rolled around, Kitchens was still irate. “Here’s my big deal with that: I just want to have consistency on how we’re going to deal with things, OK?” he said during a Monday conference call. “I don’t like seeing our player on the field and someone’s hands around his throat. I don’t like that. 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.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he's handling the situation internally. “I just try to focus on what I’m going to say to our player in that situation, because you can’t control the way the officials see it,” Harbaugh explained on Monday. “I’m not exactly sure why [Humphrey] got the foul, but I’m sure they’ll tell us what they thought they saw. Based on the close up, the footage that we had, [Humphrey] pinned him [Beckham] on the ground after about three or four things happened.”