Browns coach wants NFL refs consistent after OBJ choked

Browns coach wants NFL refs consistent after OBJ choked
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) disrupts a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game.

Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected.

Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general.

“I don’t like seeing our player on the field and someone’s hands around his throat,” Kitchens said Monday. “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.”

Following the game, referee Shawn Hochuli said his crew didn’t think Humphrey’s actions “rose to the level of a disqualifying foul.”


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