After receiving a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Monday's 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he is a targeted player.
"It's always, it's just my fault. That's all I look at it as, it's my fault. Whatever you want to call it," Beckham said, according to the Associated Press. "I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It is what it is. You have to understand that.
"The refs are looking to call anything, and they're not looking to call anything the other way," Beckham added. "You have to know that, you have to know that, you have to be OK with it. Unfortunately you have to be OK with it, but that's just the position I'm in."
Beckham, who caught three passes for 23 yards, exchanged words with Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes after Rhodes appeared to hit him after he ran out of bounds. Rhodes was not flagged, but Beckham appeared to bump an official while arguing that Rhodes hit him late.
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"He tries to get to you by getting on you, fighting with you and trying to get you out of your game," Rhodes said
Added Giants QB Eli Manning: "[Beckham's] got to be aware. People are looking for him and he's got to be smart. He can't afford to do anything that they're going to call. He's brought that on himself, so he's got to be aware of that."
Beckham, who already has more receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns than any Giants player through his first three seasons, has lost $130,000 in salary in fines and suspensions through his first 31 games, according to the AP, which includes last season's incidents with then-Carolina Panthers (and now Washington Redskins) CB Josh Norman that led to Beckham being suspended one game and a $36,000 fine for a blindside hit on New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.
"I've just got to know it's all against me," Beckham said after Monday's game. "It's going to be that way. I have to assume that I'm always in the wrong no matter what. That's something, it's a tough pill to swallow, but you have to understand it, you have to be able to cope with it and just keep it moving."