Missing In Action: Odell Beckham Jr. Has Been Suspended 1 Game For Actions Against Panthers DB Josh Norman

December 21, 2015 0

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Yesterday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants played one of the best games of the 2015 NFL season but it was overshadowed by the one on one play of Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr and Panthers DB John Norman and now the NFL has been forced to step in. After receiving three personal foul penalties during yesterdays matchup against the Panthers, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended one game. Beckham’s suspension means he will miss the Giants week 16 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

According to ESPN,

Beckham has appealed the decision. His case will be heard by either James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, the hearing officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the players’ union.

The NFL sent an official release with a detailed explanation later Monday afternoon, saying that NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks ruled that Beckham’s actions put his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury.

Beckham was flagged three times for personal fouls Sunday as he grappled with Panthers cornerbacks Josh Norman and Cortland Finneganthroughout the game. The Panthers’ defensive backs were also flagged, but Beckham’s actions seemed more excessive, particularly when he rushed across the field to deliver a helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman at the end of a run play in which neither was involved.

Beckham was fined earlier this year for unacceptable on-field actions in the Giants’ game in Buffalo. After that game, Bills players accused Beckham of throwing punches, something he clearly did more than once against Carolina.

Reports on Monday indicated that a Panthers practice squad player brought a baseball bat on the field before the game and made threatening remarks to Beckham with it. The Panthers have since explained that the bat is a motivational symbol they bring onto the field before every game.

A source with the Giants told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor that Giants players on the field heard Panthers defensive players directing an anti-gay slur and expletives at Beckham before the game, and the source believes that helped set the confrontational tone for the game.

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