Man what a game this was on Sunday, Panthers 38, Giants 35. We expected it to be a close one, and that’s exactly what we got. However, the media doesn’t seem very focused on how tight of a game it really was, or how the Panthers have improved to 14-0, but rather have aimed their focus on the bloodbath that went down between OBJ and Josh Norman.
Punches were thrown, talk was smacked, and the media loved every minute of it. The match-up between these guys was hyped up all week, and it came down to them battling it out even tougher than we expected on the field.
Apparently, smack talk began when players on the Panthers defensive unit came out with a baseball bat pregame and motioned it toward Beckham. A source close to the Giants has told the media that Panthers players were directing anti-gay slurs toward OBJ and were even quoted as saying that they were going to “end his career.”
After hearing this, it kind of makes sense why Beckham would go out and start throwing punches, but was that really the right thing to do?
Even if you were born today, I’m sure you could answer that question.
Beckham acted very immaturely, and didn’t have any means to stop all game. Social media blew up as people questioned why OBJ hadn’t been ejected, and that was truly a fair question.
But we as fans loved this. It’s a rare occasion to have this amount of drama packed into a game. It also gives us journalists something more exciting to write about (proof before your eyes).
But all joking aside, this is not how football should be played. If you have beef with another player, be a man and take it out on the field, prove yourself to be the better player. It’s what fans really want to see. FOOTBALL! Yeah, you can go out there throwing punches but this isn’t UFC. Fans didn’t come to see you throw a few lousy punches man. What’s that really worth besides unwanted media attention? Oh yeah, a 1-game suspension when your team truly needs you most.
Odell is a great player don’t get me wrong, but he made some terrible choices on Sunday that are coming with quite a few consequences. It’s hard to respect a player like that, especially when this is a team game, and this team in particular REALLY needs you. I’m sure a little respect has been lost for Beckham across the NFL and throughout it’s fan base, and that ultimately makes sense.
I even talked with a few of my friends from NY who cheer on the Giants every weekend and one of them can be quoted as saying “Odell needs to stop being a little b***h, I hope he gets suspended for this s**t.” (His wish was granted).
So what are your thoughts? Have you lost any respect for Odell after his actions Sunday? Does he have any chance in winning an appeal against his suspension? Leave a comment below.
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Kyle Hirshkind is the managing editor for Full Press Coverage's New York Jets channel. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kyle has been an avid Jets fan for 20+ years.