12/23/15: The NFL has upheld the Beckham suspension and he will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings.
After the suspension was upheld, Beckham released a statement:
I owe some people an apology. I wasn't raised to act like I did the other day. I am not here to make excuses for my conduct. This isn't about anything that was said or done to me. This is about my behavior, and I am responsible for my behavior. People expect better from me, and I expect better from myself.
First of all, I apologize to the organization I represent, the Giants, and our ownership, John Mara and his family and Steve Tisch and his family. And Jerry Reese, who drafted me and gave me the opportunity to be a part of this organization.
I want to apologize to Giants fans. They want to be proud of us, and proud of players like me who represent their team. What happened the other day was embarrassing to them and embarrassing to me.
A lot of kids look up to me as a role model. That is a responsibility I accept and take seriously. Many of the parents of those kids have asked since Sunday what they should say to their children about my conduct. I don't have the perfect answer, but I think one thing they can say is how I handled myself the other day is an example of how not to conduct yourself. I displayed poor sportsmanship. And those parents can also say that when you act like that, there are consequences. And I hope to be an example of somebody who did something wrong and learned from it.
I owe Coach Coughlin, our coaches and my teammates an apology. They have had to answer for my actions, and that's not fair to them. How I conduct myself is my responsibility. I let my coaches and teammates down.
I am blessed and privileged to play the game I love, and I will do all I can to carry myself in a way that honors the game, the NFL, my team, my coaches, all my fans and my family moving forward.
12/22/15 Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has been suspended for one game for his actions in Sunday's game against the Panthers and CB Joshua Norman, the league announced.
"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 NFL said in a statement. "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."
In a letter to Beckham, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks noted, "At numerous times during yesterday's game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk…and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected."
Beckham is appealing his suspension, though it is likely his appeal won't be heard until Wednesday, according to Mike Garofolo (Dec. 21).
Adam Schefter reported on Monday afternoon that one or more Panthers officials carried black baseball bats on to the field during warmups and motioned towards Beckham -- who felt threatened -- while making comments. Norman was also seen with a black bat, according to Schefter (Dec. 21).
Addtionally, former NFL player Deion Sanders said on the Rich Eisen show that Norman not only had a bat, but that he made sexual slurs toward Beckham and told him he'd end his career (Dec. 21).
Beckham will not be permitted this week to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club's facilities for any reason; attend press conferences; appear at the team's Dec. 27 game; or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. Beckham will be reinstated on Monday, Dec. 28.
At the end of a running play and several yards beyond the action, Beckham ran about 15 yards and charged at Norman, striking his helmet with Norman's.
Referee Terry McAulay warned both coaches about player conduct, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN's Chris Mortensen (Dec. 21).
Norman was also flagged twice in the game, however neither Beckham nor Norman were ejected.
"The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision,'' Norman said after the game. "The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just, like, malicious in every way. ... I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don't deserve to be in the game."
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham lost his composure during the game and that he would discuss the issue with Beckham in private.
"You never want to hurt your team like that, and I have learned throughout my life, always, second man gets caught," Beckham said. "It is just unfortunate."
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Beckham Jr. delivered a shot to Norman's head after the end of the play.
That was the culmination of a physical back-and-forth battle between two of the league's elite playing going up against one another.
Throughout the game, Beckham was charged with three personal foul penalties. Both players could have been on the hook for fines, but a suspension is a statement from the NFL.
The physicality and game-long tussle was certainly worth the price of admission and then some, so it's a been disappointing to see fines come out of it.
The Giants likely coughed up their chances at the postseason by coming up short against the unbeaten Panthers, so losing Beckham for a game isn't exactly going to ruin their season. However, it would not be surprising in the least bit to see the Giants' top wide receiver ultimately appeal the suspension.
That could allow Beckham to suit up this week, depending on how fast the league would make a subsequent ruling.
Regardless of the outcome, it's just a disappointing way to end an amazing game that featured a riveting one-on-one matchup.