The NFL has suspended New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for his conduct during Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. A game in which he violated multiple safety-related playing rules and drew three personal foul penalties.
The worst incident happened when Odell Beckham clearly targeted Josh Norman at the end of a running play, starting a scuffle between both teams and delivering a violent helmet-to-helmet hit.
Here is the NFL’s statement on the suspension:
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. 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.
The controversy continued on Monday when reports surfaced that the Panthers had threatened Beckham prior to the game. According to ESPN, Carolina players had brought baseball bats on to the field, and Norman was seen swinging one on the sidelines.
Odell Beckham Jr. will miss Sunday night’s game but has the right to appeal the suspension.