Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for a game after a messy one on Sunday in which the New York Giants wide receiver drew three personal foul penalties besides tangling with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
The most blatant incident came in the third quarter, when Beckham Jr. evidently crashed his helmet into the side of Norman’s. After the game, Norman slammed Beckham Jr. for his dirty plays besides calling the 23-year-old ‘a ballerina’.
After the NFL announced the suspension late Monday afternoon, Beckham Jr. declared his intention to appeal. If the suspension holds, Beckham will forfeit $52,529, or 1/17th of his 2015 salary of $893,009. The appeal is expected to be heard by Tuesday. This is the fourth suspension in Beckham’s young career. He’s had run-ins with Alec Ogletree (Rams linebacker) and Duke Williams (Buffalo Bills safety) in the past. Beckham was also suspended for protesting an out-of-bounds play last season.
The NFL, in its statement, questioned Beckham’s sportsmanship. Merton Hanks, the NFL’s Vice President of Football Operations, penned a letter to Beckham which blamed the wide receiver for risking injuries on his peers. “Your (Beckahm) actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk…and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”
After Sunday’s game, Odell Beckham Jr. defended his alleged dirty plays. “We are out there playing football. We are competing. You are a competitor. I’m a competitor. We are always going to go at it.”
Norman, however, was peeved off for more than just Beckham’s football plays. “You’re going to be Michael Jackson and go around and dancing and playing and a lot of other stuff and not be a football player and not train the way you’re supposed to train. It goes to show,” a furious Norman said after Sunday’s game.
Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach, threw his weight around Odell Beckham Jr.. “I will not defend his actions because they were wrong. But I will defend the quality of the person as long as I’m able.”
Coughlin said Beckahm was an emotional person: “There are qualities that Odell brings to this football team the likes of which I’ve never seen. He has great enthusiasm and energy. He is an emotional young man and we continue to work with him on that. It is part of the ongoing process the education of a young player.”
For the NFL’s sake, let’s hope Odell Beckham Jr. education can be fulfilled in the near future.