New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended one game by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman during Carolina’s 38-35 win Sunday.
Beckham and Norman scrapped throughout the game, with Beckham picking up three personal fouls and Norman getting called for another. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday that he considered taking his star receiver out of the game as he continued to lose his temper, but on Monday, he said he didn’t realize the true extent of the problem.
“I don’t watch one player throughout the course of the game and I wasn’t aware that all of the personal fouls were directed at Odell,” he said in a conference call.
Coughlin also said that he continued to believe in Beckham as a player, even if he couldn’t excuse his actions against the Panthers.
“I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong and this franchise and organization does not tolerate that,” Coughlin said. “But I will defend the young man and the quality of the person. I will defend him as long as I am able.”
Monday, numerous media outlets reported that a Panthers practice-squad player made gestures toward Beckham before the game with a baseball bat that the Carolina secondary brings onto the field before games. Norman was also filmed with the bat during warmups, but not in a situation involving Beckham.