Freeman: No issue with Payton's choke gesture

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman brushed off a choking gesture made by New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game, a gesture seemingly in reference to Atlanta blowing a 28-3 lead in last season's Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.

The exchange occurred with 12 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in regulation with the Saints leading 17-10. It followed Freeman's run for no gain near the New Orleans' sideline.

Freeman, who grew up in the Miami projects, addressed the topic after the game.

"Man, I saw it,'' a chuckling Freeman told reporters after the Falcons' 20-17 win. "That man do not know nothing about choking. He ai not from where I am from. He do not know about choking. He's a good competitor. The 'competes' probably came out. But we do not let that bother me. He do not know nothing about choking.''

Asked if he thought Payton tried to get in his head for an edge, Freeman said, "He ai not going to get it off me. I am a different animal. He's tripping. But, it's all good.''


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