NFL Suspends Odell Beckham Jr For One Game

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The main storyline coming out of yesterday’s wild Giants vs Panthers game is the personal battle, and subsequent cheap shots, between Odell Beckham Jr and Carolina’s star corner back, Joshua Norman.

The Giants’ stud wide receiver was flagged for three separate personal foul’s in Sunday’s loss, and launched at Norman’s head on more than one occasion- which is the reason why the NFL has decided to suspend him for Sunday night’s game against Minnesota.

“Beckham was penalized three times for unnecessary roughness, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet, and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head,” the league’s official statement on the suspension said.

“This “blindside block” was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable.”

Guess he won’t be needing these…

Odell Beckham Jr’s Christmas cleats. They light up. pic.twitter.com/79C08jnjn9

— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) December 20, 2015

Today, the apologists were trying to say that Odell Beckham Jr. acted out because the Panthers were walking around with a black baseball bat in pre-game warmups and allegedly making threats at ODB. Give me a break. 

As it turns out, the baseball bat ritual is something Carolina has been carrying on for most of the season and it’s certainly not a worthy excuse for Beckham’s meltdown. 

Panthers said practice-squad S Marcus Ball swinging a bat, no one else. Panthers said bats symbolize home-run plays and “bringing the wood.”

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 21, 2015

Panthers have carried bats out onto field for pregame in nearly every game this season. Sunday a continuation of Carolina ritual.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 21, 2015

Was it a bat? A plane? Superman? Whatever it was sure did set off Odell Beckham Jr. https://t.co/S9ZBCM29Wt

— SB Nation (@SBNation) December 21, 2015

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