It appeared during Sunday’s Ravens/Browns game, Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey attempted to squeeze the life out of Odell Beckham Jr.
Humphrey’s attempted homicide came in the wake of Odell delivering a punch, grabbing the cornerback’s facemask, and using a sweeping leg kick to try to take him to the ground.
Both players were assessed personal foul penalties and the result of the near fatal altercation was a replay of down. All’s well that ends well.
Humphrey’s choke garnered all of the headlines, and the Baltimore Ravens are seeking to clear the name of their third-year corner by releasing a super slo-mo, HD video of the altercation in an attempt to prove Humphrey’s was only employing self-defense tactics.
Below is the video posted to the official Ravens website of the entire brouhaha unfolding in slo-mo.
“Humphrey definitely did not choke Beckham,” the Ravens wrote today.
“Instead, Humphrey did what he’s coached to do: protect himself, all while holding on to Beckham’s jersey the entire time.”
The Ravens suggested that Odell failing to catch a pass in the first three quarters for the first time in his career irritated him to the point of physically confronting Humphrey.
Still, Humphrey took the high road after the game and personally apologized to Beckham, who finished with just two catches for 20 yards.
“That’s not really the brand of football I want to represent,” Humphrey told reporters. “The whistle blows, it’s got to be over with. I got my team a flag.”
When the Alabama product was asked whether Beckham apologized to him, Humphrey said “I don’t think he did.”
Beckham then claimed that he was upset that he did not play up to his lofty standard. Just kidding, he was pissed he lost his bling.
“It’s hot out there. We’re just competing. I’m just upset that I lost my earring.”