(WTNH)–New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is in trouble with the NFL, fans, and most especially, Mike Francesa, following his actions during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Beckham was suspended for 1 game after losing his mind on Sunday, pushing, shoving, and fighting with Panthers defensive back Josh Norman during the Giants’ 38-35 loss.
He was called for three personal fouls, one after he intentionally dove into Norman head-first and hit him in the helmet. He later scored a game-tying touchdown and then stepped over Norman, Allen-Iverson style.
“I think you see what kind of player he is,” Norman said after the game. “Film don’t lie. People were watching. The stuff that he was carrying on with, that don’t lie.”
“All the concussion stuff that’s going around, they’re trying to prevent head-to-head, and if that wasn’t the blatant head to head, I don’t know what is,” the cornerback told ESPN’s Mike & Mike on Monday. “I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don’t deserve to be in the game.”
Beckham refused to talk about his actions specifically, but offered this after the game:
“You never want to hurt your team like that, and I have learned throughout my life, always, second man gets caught,” Beckham said. “It is just unfortunate.”
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Beckham became angry after Panthers players brought a baseball bat onto the field during pregame warmups. Norman reportedly began swinging it and pointing in Beckham’s direction.
Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere argued via Twitter that the team has been bringing the bat onto the field before games all season, using it as a motivational tool:
Coaches and players in every sport use objects as symbols of motivation the bat is a symbol pic.twitter.com/kPGvaHQuHK
— Bené Benwikere (@BigPlayBene) December 21, 2015
As for Francesa, the papistic WFAN radio host lit into Beckham during his show on Monday, calling the star wideout an “embarrassment,” and saying that the incident made him “sick”:
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin addressed the situation on Monday, before Beckham’s suspension was handed down.
“I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong, and the franchise does not tolerate that,” Coughlin said. “But I will defend the young man, the quality of the person as long as I’m able.”
“There are a lot of qualities that Odell Beckham brings to this football team, the likes of which I have never seen. He has great energy. He has great enthusiasm. He gives great effort. He does it literally every day that he walks out on the field. He is an emotional young man. He wears his emotions on his sleeve.”
As for why Coughlin kept him in the game after picking up the three personal fouls, the head coach said:
“If we had a chance to win the game, I wanted him out there. I’ll be honest with you.”