NFL Denies Odell Beckham Jr.’s Suspension Appeal, Giants’ Star Apologizes
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Odell Beckham Jr. filed an appeal to his one-game suspension for his repeated confrontations with Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, but that appeal was denied.
The key for upholding the suspension was a play in which Beckham Jr. intentionally launched himself for a helmet-to-helmet hit that was viewed outside the realm of the game and his actions “placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided,” says NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.
Beckham’s suspension puts the New York Giants at a disadvantage without the services of their top receiver when the G-Men face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night (December 27, 2015) in a must-win game.
Shortly after the ruling, Beckham apologized for his actions:
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) December 23, 2015
Bottom line, Beckham’s suspension could not have happened at a worse time.
Panthers’ Josh Norman was not suspended, however, he was fined for his role in the altercations to the tune of $25,000.
There has been a lot of talk about Beckham’s actions, VP of Officials Dean Blandino admitted that Beckham should have been kicked out of the game.
“I think when you look at of the actions in their entirety it does warrant an ejection,” Blandino said. “Anytime a player is suspended for his actions, (it) would warrant an ejection. We don’t take disqualification lightly. It is a short season and the action really has to raise above and beyond the normal course and this certainly did.
“It’s certainly an accumulation of instances and not just on Beckham. There was some things on the other side, too, and I think both parties were involved. The officials, if you asked them, they would agree after looking at the tape that ejections were warranted.”
“The only thing I’ll say about the incident that occurred the other day in the game, that everyone is preoccupied with right now, is the fact that to depict this as Odell Beckham being wrong and the only one wrong is not right. It’s not fair, it’s not justice, it’s not the way it was,” Coughlin said. “If you’re naive enough to think that way then you better do some soul-searching yourself. Beckham certainly was wrong — and we said he was wrong from Day 1 — but there were factors involved starting in pre game. Which are well documented, which indicate there was an attempt to provoke him.
“He was provoked. He was out of control. He was wrong. There was no doubt about it. You’d like that didn’t happen. But the fact of the matter is if you know the situation pregame, with the baseball bat and if you know what occurred at the very beginning of the game, you can understand there were two sides to this and not just one.”
If the Giants lose to the Vikings, it will be a hard loss to swallow for Beckham.
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