Kitchens wants explanation for why Marlon Humphrey wasn't ejected for choking OBJ

“There’s no place in the game for that.”

Daryl Ruiter
September 30, 2019 - 2:23 pm
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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is miffed why referee Shawn Hochuli and his crew didn’t eject Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.

Humphrey choked Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. late in the third quarter of the Browns’ 40-25 win.

“I don’t like seeing our player on the field and someone’s hands are around his throat,” Kitchens said on a conference call Monday afternoon. “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. And I want everybody held to the same standard. That’s all I want.”

Beckham and Humphrey got into it with 3:44 left in the third quarter during a 19-yard screen to running back Dontrell Hilliard while Beckham was blocking on the play.

Beckham and Humphrey were grappling with each other when Beckham appeared to throw a punch at Humphrey, who then threw Beckham to the ground and began choking Beckham forcefully causing several Browns players to rush to his defense, including center JC Tretter.

“I wouldn’t change anything I did,” Tretter said. “Seeing a teammate pinned down like that, I’m not just going to stand there and let that go on.”

Kitchens was ready to call NFL senior VP of officiating Al Riveron Sunday night about the situation, but league rules prohibit calls to the league office prior to 9 a.m. Monday morning.

“I just want consistency with how we’re going to deal with things,” Kitchens said.

Kitchens declined to say if he spoke with Riveron Monday.

“I don’t know what you get fined for and what you don’t get fined for so I’m not going to even answer that,” Kitchens said. “But I can promise you this, hopefully I’ll have a better understanding of what we want it to look like on gameday.”

Beckham was flagged along with Humphrey, Tretter and Ravens linebacker Kenny Young for unnecessary roughness, wiping out the play.

“I don't like seeing our guys on the ground getting choked,” Kitchens said. “There’s no place in the game for that.”

Kitchens did complement Hochuli and the officials for restoring order quickly after a melee ensued.

“I do think that Shawn and those guys did an excellent job of maintaining control of the football game,” Kitchens said. “So my hat’s off to them in that scenario, because that can get out of hand in a hurry.”

Hochuli explained via a pool report why there were no ejections from the skirmish.

“We didn’t see anything on the field that rose to the level of a disqualifying foul,” Hochuli said. “When New York looked at it, they didn’t see anything that rose to the level of a disqualifying foul.”

Humphrey and the Ravens defense were physical with Beckham all afternoon as they were able to limit him to two catches for 20 yards, but it went too far.

Kitchens praised Beckham’s effort offensively.

“We’re very excited about Odell and the way he competed every play,” Kitchens said. “If you watch the tape and you see his hustle and his determination to get down the field and help his teammates, it’s a testament to his character and a testament to the teammate that he is.”