Odell Beckham, Freddie Kitchens explain their sideline confrontation
Another week, another downplayed confrontation on the Cleveland Browns’ sideline.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham and coach Freddie Kitchens both downplayed Sunday’s showdown on the sideline. Since it happened right after a failed two-point conversion, there was speculation that it had to do with Beckham not getting the ball there, but both attributed it to the wide receiver venting frustration over other on-field matters.
“We were just talking,” Beckham said, via Ben Axelrod of WKYC. “The refs making calls. Basically, they were warning me that if I had one more personal foul, then I would be out of the game, which I thought was pretty stupid. I got a personal foul for a celebration I’ve done all year. It’s not like a player was in front of me or anybody was. It was very unintentional. It is what it is.”
Kitchens offered a similar, but slightly different explanation.
“I think it was something dealing with one of their guys. It wasn’t the [2-point conversion] call,” Kitchens said. “I don’t think it was a big deal. There was some frustration on how they were treating him.”
The video doesn’t really dispute anything Kitchens and Beckham are saying, so it may well be that they’re telling the truth. It’s bound to create speculation, however, especially since this is the second week in a row something like it has happened.