Devonta Freeman says Sean Payton made choke sign at him
Devonta Freeman says that Sean Payton made a choke sign at him during Thursday night’s New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons game.
The Falcons running back talked about the incident after the game and said he wasn’t sure why the Saints coach had done the gesture at him.
#Falcons RB Devonta Freeman on #Saints coach Sean Payton making the ‘choke’ sign at him: “that man don’t know nothing about choking. He ain’t from where I’m from.” pic.twitter.com/WrTXzeJlqV
— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) December 8, 2017
TV cameras showed Payton doing a choke sign in the fourth quarter with his team leading the Falcons 17-10. Freeman had just rushed twice in a row, only gaining one yard when Payton’s gesture was shown on TV.
#Saints HC Sean Payton yelling, “choke” on the sideline pic.twitter.com/hRgCD6yavm
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 8, 2017
Payton was asked about the choke sign after the game and said he didn’t remember it.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said he did not remember making the choke sign at Falcons RB Devonta Freeman during Thursday night’s game. Freeman: “Man, I saw it. That man don’t know nothing about choking."
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) December 8, 2017
The Falcons scored on that fourth quarter drive to tie the game at 17. They eventually won it 20-17.
Payton’s choke sign at him could explain why Freeman was so eager to mock the Saints after the game.