NFL fans await the decision made by the league whether or not to suspend New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr for his actions against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman at the weekend.
The 23-year-old failed to keep his composure throughout the game, and he earned three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the first three-quarters but was never ejected for his actions on the field, especially for what was a very malicious running helmet-to-helmet attack towards Norman.
But don't let that excuse the Pathers cornerback because he played his part in rough-housing as well.
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What is the most unforgiving, however, is the fact that they were allowed to go at it. None of their teammates, referees, or head coaches did any action to stop it from escalating.
And now most people will now remember this game for it, not because of the closeness of the scoreline and the fact an undefeated team nearly lost their first game of the season.
About the headbutt play, Norman said after the game, according to ESPN: "The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision. 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. I mean, it's ridiculous."
The league will come to a decision later today on their punishment for Odell and for Norman which will likely be a minimum of a hefty fine, and it wouldn't be surprising if the Giants wideout received a suspension by the league for his hard-hitting headbutt.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said in the same report that he kept the wide receiver in the game so that he can learn to deal with these situations, but it is clear throughout the game he couldn't control himself, and that's when Coughlin should've made the decision to pull him out of the game despite the situation they were in.
His game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter was key towards the Giants fight back, but in the end, the Panthers prevailed thanks to a late field goal. And in terms of the Fight Night taking place on the field, Norman stood tall in that as well.
Beckham is still young with a lot to learn, but a suspension should be applied due to his immaturity in these tough situations. With all the exposure he's had since entering the league, with the Madden cover and everything else, it's important for him to act as a role model, like all players should, and not the manner which he did.
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