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Odell Beckham on getting another unsportsmanlike penalty: “If I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag”

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 14:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 14, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was once again on the receiving end of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Monday night’s 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Beckham took issue with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes hitting him out-of-bounds on a 4-yard pass in the second quarter. He flipped around and got in Rhodes’ face, which drew a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. He shouted at the line judge while trying to convey his anger about the hit from Rhodes.

According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, Beckham believes he’s being targeted now.

“It’s always, it’s just my fault. That’s all I look at it as, it’s my fault. Whatever you want to call it,” Beckham said. “I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It is what it is. You have to understand that.”

On the very next play, Beckham and Rhodes were matched up again. Beckham shoved Rhodes at the top of his route, caught a pass for 10 yards and then lowered his shoulder into Rhodes again after going out-of-bounds himself.

“The refs are looking to call anything, and they’re not looking to call anything the other way,” Beckham said. “You have to know that, you have to know that, you have to be OK with it. Unfortunately you have to be OK with it, but that’s just the position I’m in.”

It’s just another episode in a long line of incidents of Beckham losing his temper and getting into trouble on the field. From Beckham throwing punches at a game in Buffalo, to getting into fight with Josh Norman last season to getting fined for a blindside block on Kenny Vaccaro, Beckham has brought the attention on himself.

Whether he feels it’s justified doesn’t matter. He’s got the attention now. Even his own head coach said he has to control his emotions. Beckham will need to settle down so he doesn’t hurt his team in situations that matter more than Monday night’s game in Minnesota.

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42 Responses to “Odell Beckham on getting another unsportsmanlike penalty: “If I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag””
  1. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Oct 4, 2016 3:55 AM

    Maybe you should cut your stupid looking hair.

  2. gofor2with3pointlead says: Oct 4, 2016 4:04 AM

    While it should have been a flag on Rhodes. Being the biggest punk on the field isn’t going to get you any calls from the officials.

  3. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Oct 4, 2016 4:12 AM

    Its not fair! Said my 4 year old. We are fortunate to watch the biggest baby in pro sports.

  4. shipitplease says: Oct 4, 2016 4:49 AM

    Beckham literally does everything in his power to make himself a target. He might actually be worse than any “diva receiver” to ever walk on the turf. When you sit and pick fights, throw temper tantrums, and run to cry to the media, what do you expect the reaction to be? I guess like a lot of these athletes, he has a lot of growing up to do.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Oct 4, 2016 5:29 AM

    Oh, boo hoo.

  6. cromagarmy76 says: Oct 4, 2016 5:30 AM

    Dude just needs to get over himself and focus on winning. There’s nothing else to really say about him.

  7. gtodriver says: Oct 4, 2016 5:33 AM

    Odell

    It was your fault.

  8. ginashairycoot says: Oct 4, 2016 5:38 AM

    This guy has very quickly become the biggest d–che in the nfl, every week he is throwing little temper tantrums, whining like a little girl, throwing cheap shot punches. Cant wait for another suspension

  9. browns2014man says: Oct 4, 2016 6:22 AM

    This guy is an idiot. Kinda the reason why I’m losing interest in the NFL Lame.

  10. xxsweepthelegxx says: Oct 4, 2016 6:44 AM

    This dude is a crazy talent, but showing he has serious growth needed between the ears.

    A little less Odell and Dez, and a lot more AJ Green/Julio is needed in the NFL

  11. lemmetalkwouldya says: Oct 4, 2016 6:48 AM

    If Beckham needs any proof of his immaturity, he needs to look at how he handled himself on that very next play ….. instead of gathering his composure, he reacted with emotion, and was lucky he didn’t draw ANOTHER flag.

    Grow up, kid; the veterans will start setting you up by playing on your emotions all game long!

  12. switchwitch59 says: Oct 4, 2016 7:26 AM

    His comments show he still doesn’t get it. He’s a spoiled brat who thinks he shouldn’t be touched and loses his temper when he gets hit. Late hits are illegal but they happen all the time, get over it, crybaby.

  13. rhamrhoddy says: Oct 4, 2016 7:30 AM

    I’ve yet to see a diva WR change his stripes. Some may mature a bit over the years but most don’t.

  14. ajames35 says: Oct 4, 2016 7:34 AM

    *Adele* Beckham

  15. coltluger says: Oct 4, 2016 8:02 AM

    So easy to get in his head

  16. sidepull says: Oct 4, 2016 8:20 AM

    Head case.

  17. pastabelly says: Oct 4, 2016 8:21 AM

    Beckham is a great athlete, but has some real issues with his emotions. That’s why players on other teams are going to continue to try to get under his skin. He needs to grow up a bit.

  18. TheDPR says: Oct 4, 2016 8:27 AM

    I’m no fan of Beckham. He’s a crybaby. That said, he’s right. It was clear from the opening kickoff who the league wanted to win that game last night and that Beckham wasn’t going to get any calls. The officials let him get mauled and grabbed and hit out of bounds more than I’ve seen a defense get away with in a long time.

    Wonder why ratings are down? Games look more and more fixed, whether they are or not.

  19. joenash72 says: Oct 4, 2016 8:36 AM

    What a j**k*ss…

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 4, 2016 8:46 AM

    “It is the fault of the police that he is always breaking the law.” Has a familiar ring.

  21. cometkazie says: Oct 4, 2016 8:53 AM

    Grow up.

    You are not that important.

  22. charger383 says: Oct 4, 2016 9:30 AM

    he deserves every flag they throw on him

  23. gtodriver says: Oct 4, 2016 9:32 AM

    TheDPR says:

    It was clear from the opening kickoff who the league wanted to win that game last night and that Beckham wasn’t going to get any calls.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    What game were you watching?

  24. intrafinesse says: Oct 4, 2016 9:44 AM

    So don’t sneeze the wrong way. 😉

    He’s going to be targeted as long as he gets riled up.
    If he can stay calm for a year or two then he won’t get picked on.

  25. themage78 says: Oct 4, 2016 10:13 AM

    Refs need to do more officiating before it becomes an issue. It was a blatant hit out of bounds and there was no flag. The same could be said when Norman last year bodyslammed Beckham.

  26. coltluger says: Oct 4, 2016 10:29 AM

    themage78 says:
    Oct 4, 2016 10:13 AM

    Refs need to do more officiating before it becomes an issue. It was a blatant hit out of bounds and there was no flag. The same could be said when Norman last year bodyslammed Beckham.
    _________________________________
    The flip-side is that Beckham got away with a blatant offensive PI when he slammed into Rhodes in the middle of the field. I think these things tend to balance out. In Beckham’s case, he brings all the attention to himself, negative and positive.

  27. truninerfan49 says: Oct 4, 2016 10:29 AM

    wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

  28. chrisk61 says: Oct 4, 2016 10:38 AM

    what an effeminate man

  29. bigugly2005 says: Oct 4, 2016 10:54 AM

    I agree with sweeptheleg….less Diva’s more real men please. I get tired of all the me me me chest bumping crap from the diva pukes.

  30. macjacmccoy says: Oct 4, 2016 10:59 AM

    Percy Harvin 2.0

    All the talent in the world but nothing between the ears. He already has started to wear on his teammates, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he follows the same career trajectory.

  31. billswillnevermove says: Oct 4, 2016 12:00 PM

    The biggest punk in football and it’s not even really all that close.

  32. digitalsasquatch says: Oct 4, 2016 12:24 PM

    OBJ, do please sheddup.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:11 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Oct 4, 2016 9:32 AM
    TheDPR says:

    It was clear from the opening kickoff who the league wanted to win that game last night and that Beckham wasn’t going to get any calls.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    What game were you watching?
    ———

    The game last night.

    Rhodes gets away with two late hits.

    Newman tackles Cruz well before the ball arrives, with the side judge staring right at it.

    Rudolph begging for flags, which he gets 10 seconds later.

    Gruden comes on air with a Vikings shirt singing their virtues all game. McDonough the same.

    Phantom calls against the Giants (a weekly ritual by the officials), killing drives.

    Vikings held Vernon and Pierre-Paul all game and not a single call.

    What game was he watching? The rigged one last night.

  34. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:17 PM

    Odele Harvin II

  35. minanten says: Oct 4, 2016 1:26 PM

    He just doesn’t get it!

  36. idurenn says: Oct 4, 2016 2:10 PM

    No, Odell, it’s because you’re a hot-headed, attention seeking crybaby.

    Woof, I feel better now.

  37. golferinminny says: Oct 4, 2016 2:12 PM

    ajames35 says:
    Oct 4, 2016 7:34 AM

    *Adele* Beckham

    __________________________

    Hey now. She could waste him in a street fight.

  38. idurenn says: Oct 4, 2016 2:17 PM

    The game last night.

    Rhodes gets away with two late hits.

    Newman tackles Cruz well before the ball arrives, with the side judge staring right at it.

    Rudolph begging for flags, which he gets 10 seconds later.

    Gruden comes on air with a Vikings shirt singing their virtues all game. McDonough the same.

    Phantom calls against the Giants (a weekly ritual by the officials), killing drives.

    Vikings held Vernon and Pierre-Paul all game and not a single call.

    What game was he watching? The rigged one last night.
    ______________________________________
    1 late hit was questionable. I’ll admit that.

    Odell hands to the face of Rhodes before that 1st sideline hit. No flag.

    What about when Odell was too taken over by emotions and bumped the ref in anger? No flag.

    What about that Theilen had his arm held by one of your CBs. Your CB was NOT looking at the ball. No flag?

    Plenty of your o-linemen were holding as well.

    Look, you lost the game fair and square. Don’t be a poor sport and blame “rigged games, and bad calls”.

    It goes both ways.

  39. laserw says: Oct 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    Princess Beckham is a jerk.

    What a shame so much talent is wasted on such a Yutz.

  40. donbat67 says: Oct 4, 2016 8:24 PM

    ” I can’t drive 55 “

  41. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 5, 2016 9:28 AM

    As a Packers fan, I don’t care one way or the other, but I shake my head at all the hate for Beckham. It was Rhodes who played dirty the other night, and it was Norman who played dirty last year. That goes beyond controlling one’s emotions like everyone talks about with Beckham.

    What people are demanding from him is to be a coward to bullies. Last year against the Panthers, Beckham was hit after multiple plays, pulled to the ground by his face mask, etc. and not one of his teammates or coaches came to his defense. So he had to protect himself. On Monday night, Rhodes committed multiple late hits. Again, nobody came to his defense, and left him to stand up for himself.

    It’s no different than when a kid gets suspended from school for hitting a bully in self-defense. You people are why America is becoming so soft.

  42. redzonerambler says: Oct 5, 2016 4:54 PM

    I used to like this guy… but I can not say that at the moment. He acts like it is just the position he is in now instead of admitting it is a situation he put himself in. The game with him and Norman was the epitome of unsportsmanlike behavior, and the refs letting it go too far. Now he has the gall to act like a victim of circumstance that is ‘just how it is now’-type of thing.

    OBJ acted like a poor sport and continues to do so. His coaches, team members, and fans have even mentioned it. He seems too ready to disconnect his behavior from how he is being viewed. If he wants to change it he will need to stop acting like a poor sport and brat. I hope he figures it out. I would love to see the more playful OBJ out there again.

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