Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham received an $8,681 fine from the league for striking Bills safety Duke Williams in last Sunday’s game, a blow that was part of accusations from Buffalo players that Beckham “likes to throw cheap shots.”
On Wednesday, both Beckham and Giants coach Tom Coughlin were asked about Sunday’s events and Coughlin said that Beckham came to him to talk about what happened. Coughlin said he was “disappointed” because he feels Beckham is “beyond and above a lot of that stuff.”
Beckham had a different tale about his conversation with Coughlin. Beckham said he didn’t go to see the coach, but ran into him at the team’s facility and had a conversation that had nothing to do with the Bills game. What’s more, Beckham said he hadn’t heard anything the Bills players said but called it confusing based on the identity the Bills have talked about building on defense.
“You brought it to my attention, I didn’t really know much about it besides now,” Beckham said. “For a Bills team who I think is one of the best defenses in the league, could be one of the best teams in the league, just to hear remarks and stuff like that, it’s kind of confusing, it kind of messes with my idea of their identity. And where do they go from here? I don’t know. Like I said, it’s all irrelevant, it’s all words, it’s all in the past. There’s nothing any one of us can do about it. So we move forward to San Fran.”
Beckham said it was tough to avoid responding when teams are “targeting you and they’re trying to do things to you” and said he’d appeal the fine for something he feels gets done to him every week while getting in another shot at the Bills.
“Of course. Of course,” Beckham said. “Yeah, I get punched every single game or “punched” or whatever it is — I get hit in my face every single game. Like I said, it is what it is, but we’re playing football and these are grown men out here. I don’t think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost the game.”
Beckham should probably expect more of the same treatment in the weeks to come, especially if teams see Sunday’s game as an example of what can happen when someone gets under Beckham’s skin.