Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry called Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters a “coward” Thursday for appearing to spit in his direction during a break in play Monday night.
The incident happened at the end of the first quarter of the Ravens’ 47-42 win in Cleveland, after Landry had turned his back to Peters, one of the Ravens’ most animated players.
“He’s a coward,” Landry told local reporters. “I think he knew that maybe behind my back, he would do things like that, but to my face, he wouldn’t. Now, everyone knows what type of player he is, type of person he is.”
Peters responded in a statement Thursday.
“I didn’t spit at Jarvis [Landry],” he said. “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.”
Landry said he didn’t see footage of Peters spitting until he watched a replay of the game. He told reporters he was more bothered by the alleged behavior than any potential violation of coronavirus protocols.
“I just think it’s cowardly,” Landry said. “I don’t know about protocols, but if there is a protocol about being a man, that sure ain’t it right there.”
The Ravens swept the season series Monday night, but Landry said he’d remember the incident the next time they meet.
“I won’t lose sleep,” Landry said. “But definitely going to make it another game to remember.”