Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters forcefully denied the allegations that he spit at the Browns’ Jarvis Landry during their game Monday night in Cleveland.
In a statement released Thursday, the defensive back claimed that the video showing him spitting in Landry’s direction was not intentional, nor was it indicative of the type of man he is.
Via NFL Update, Landry explained:
“I didn’t spit at Jarvis. Where I come from, when you have an issue with someone, you deal with it face-to-face, man-to-man. Anyone who believes that I intentionally spit at him does not know me – plain and simple.”
Though the Cleveland wide receiver was not aware of the incident during the game, as he had his back turned towards Peters, the veteran wideout appears to believe the act was intentional, and has called the cornerback a “coward” because of it. Speaking with reporters during a press conference earlier in the day Thursday, Landry furthered his criticism of Peters, claiming that the defensive player wouldn’t have spit at him had his back not been turned.
While Landry was not willing to speculate if Peters had violated the league’s Covid-19 protocols by spitting at him–or at least in his direction–Landry did take the time to assert that Peters had broken “the protocol for being a man”.
The incident, and ensuing controversy over it, has come to overshadow a contest that many have labeled as being the “game of the year”. A match filled with playoff implications, the victory by Peters and the Ravens increased the likelihood that they would qualify for the postseason from 53% to 74% according the New York Times. Should the two teams meet in the playoffs, it goes without saying that Landry-Peters round two, will be the headline.