New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has suddenly become one of the NFL’s most polarizing figures, after drawing three personal fouls and even getting away with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman yesterday during his team’s 38-35 loss.
The Madden cover boy needs to be suspended not only for missing out on an ejection yesterday, but to learn that he’s just like everyone else in the league.
Beckham posted six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown yesterday, but his usual strong statline wasn’t the story of the Giants’ game. Rather, it was his out of control behavior and dirty play against Norman, a far cry from the Beckham that fans have come to know and love.
His behavior was so concerning that coach Tom Coughlin considered benching him at one point, and then Norman compared Beckham to Batman villain Two-Face.
“That’s no Joker, man, that’s no Joker. That’s Harvey Dent, that’s Two-Face. That’s who he is,” Norman said, referencing the Joker cleats that Beckham wore last week against the Miami Dolphins.
But, the truth is this: Though Beckham has become a fan favorite and this behavior is entirely unlike him and hopefully won’t happen again, he needs to be suspended. The NFL has taken a hard stance on helmet-to-helmet hits, regardless of circumstance. If there’s helmet-to-helmet contact, it’s a penalty.
Beckham’s contact with Norman’s helmet was blatant and the two were jawing at each other all game.
That all being said, Beckham needs to be suspended so that he can become aware that his star power is meaningless in this department. When push comes to shove, he’s just like everyone else in the league. The NFL’s credibility has taken far too many hits over the past couple of years and to let Beckham’s behavior slide because he’s usually a good guy, it paints a picture of favoritism among the league’s higher-ups.
Thus, here’s hoping that Adam Schefter’s latest report comes true and that Beckham knows that tough coverage doesn’t mean he can snap at the guy and expect to get off scot-free.
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