Ihedigbo denies choking Browns WR Little

Ihedigbo denies choking Browns WR Little
November 6, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Ravens safety James Ihedigbo denied he choked wide receiver Greg Little of the Browns during Sunday’s game, as Little has claimed. Little took off Ihedigbo’s helmet and threw it during an altercation between the two. Little said he was provoked because he was choked. Ihedigbo said Little was making false accusations, trying to avoid being fined by the NFL for losing his temper.

“In a game, things get physical, get rowdy,” Ihedigbo said Wednesday. “I would never personally cross the lines, or play outside the rules in any manner. You can freeze the clip. I have my hand on his chest. It is what it is. He ripped off my helmet and threw it. I guess he’s looking back on him losing his cool, saying what took place that didn’t take place. The refs would have seen it. Other players would have seen it, and I would’ve been punished for the play as well. That didn’t take place. He lost his cool, he threw my helmet, therefore the penalty was given on him. 

“It’s Wednesday, and the game was played on Sunday. It’s kind of ridiculous to me. I’m not a dirty player by any means. Looks to me like he knows that he lost his cool, and doesn’t want the league to take it out on him, and fining him for throwing my helmet.

Little made the accusation of being choked following Sunday’s game. He was called for a 15-yard penalty for throwing Ihedigbo’s helmet, and he was later called for a 15-yard penalty for taunting Ihedigbo.

“I know the ref was saying ‘let go of his mask,’ but he was choking me,” Little told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “There’s a thin line between football and just morals and if you’re a man, you’re not going to let a guy spit in your face, and you’re not going to let a guy choke you. I don’t have to say anything to the ref. At that point, (Ihedigbo) crossed the line.”

Ihedigbo said Little was the person out of control.

“Both times he lost his cool and was penalized for that,” Ihedigbo said. “To come back now and say that he was the victim of what happened, clearly game footage, the way the refs handled it, speaks otherwise.”

Ihedigbo said he did not expect to hear from the NFL office regarding a possible fine.

“I’d be very surprised,” Ihedigbo said. “You could watch the tape in full speed. It was an altercation on the field, the refs dealt with it the correct way.”