Giants should have suspended Beckham themselves

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Largely lost in the antics of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was the failure of his team to do anything about it. From teammates to coaches, no one was able to get Beckham under control — and no one was inclined to get him off the field.

With Beckham and quarterback Eli Manning far and away the best two players on the team, Manning was the only Giants player with the authority to grab Beckham by the facemask and get him to quit acting like a little kid throwing a protracted Christmas morning I-didn’t-get-what-I-wanted tantrum. But that’s not Manning’s way; rarely if ever does he employ the kind of vocal leadership that his brother, Peyton, has mastered over the years.

Coach Tom Coughlin didn’t do anything on Sunday, because Coughlin wanted to (perhaps, for his employment prospects, needed to) win. On Monday, Coughlin offered this seemingly stern statement about Beckham.

“I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong and this franchise and organization does not tolerate that,” Coughlin said.

So how does the organization “not tolerate that”? By saying so, or by taking action? If/when it happens again, will the Giants once again say that the organization “does not tolerate that” — and then do nothing again?

While the NFL sent a powerful message to all players by suspending Beckham, the Giants could have sent a clear, unmistakable message to Beckham and the rest of the team by suspending Beckham on its own. Beckham would have been far less likely to push back against his team than against the league via an appeal, and the gesture would have been the best, and perhaps only, way to teach him that he can’t embarrass himself and the franchise by using the gridiron as cover for engaging in assault.

With Coughlin’s job potentially hinging on making it to the postseason, he surely had no inclination to take on the Vikings with an arm tied behind his back. Which means that the Giants will say all the right things — but they’ll ultimately do nothing, since it will be virtually impossible to do anything good the rest of the way without Beckham on the field for Sunday night’s game.

But the Giants still have a chance to make things right. Even if Beckham wins the appeal, the Giants can choose to make Beckham one of the seven players on the roster who won’t be playing in the game. That has a chance of happening only if Washington beats Philadelphia on Saturday night, ending New York’s playoff hopes.

85 responses to “Giants should have suspended Beckham themselves

  1. Beckham is a punk and so are the Panthers who had baseball bats on the field. The Panthers say the bats are motivational tools–“bring the wood”–but the NFL should not allow players or team officials to bring bats or anything else that can be wielded onto a field. Certain panthers were trying to threaten Beckham before the game, apparently.

  2. As someone who formerly respected Beckham and has him on my fantasy team, I must say the Giants should have suspended this guy. His behavior was completely unacceptable. Stay classy Beckham! It’ll take time for you to earn back my respect.

  3. I’ve been a Giants fan all my life. This team has nothing of interest to offer anybody except our curly cued prima donna psychotic wide receiver. That’s what the Giants let him do anything his tiny little brain wants to do.

  4. The fact that noone could talk to Beckham during the game, is a huge strike against Coughlin as a coach. No player should be bigger than the team. It shows he doesn’t have as much control over the team/locker room as he probably needs.

    He should look across the stadium at Todd Bowles, who benched his best defensive player (Mo Wilkerson) for the first quarter of their huge game against the Giants for being late to a meeting.

    That is how you make players accountable.

  5. & YEA Peanut Tillman & Roman Harper both stop Norman & told him to walk away & Thomas Davis also has a talk with him & the Panthers coaches talk to him so the panthers tried on there part
    Fact is where was the leaders of the Giants locker room

  6. Let me be honest: integrity doesn’t exist in the game – at least not in the way fans talk about it.

    The NFL only suspended him because of the media attention of the play. A fairly serious incident involving Pacman Jones (the artist formerly known as Adam who was formerly known as Pacman…) slamming Amari Cooper’s head into the helmet. What was the justification for not suspending Pacman? It’s not like he was a model citizen… (just because Oakland was doing dumb stuff, doesn’t justify what Pacman did)

    The team would have never considered it because it would risk alienating the player (and he’s a good to great player).

    If this were some backup WR acting out, the player would have been benched and likely cut by the team. Before the NFL suspended him.

    But because this is a high profile incident with a player that people know and would be on ESPN nonstop, the NFL had really no choice.

    If I were OBJ, I would take this to court and try to apply a legal attack based on the ‘arbitrary and capricious’ nature of the punishment.

    But I’m glad he was suspended. It was beyond a terrible play.

  7. Odell Beckham should’ve been ejected from that game six times, arrested three times, peppersprayed twice and executed via gas chamber. His actions were unconscionable and after watching him Sunday, I’m being treated for acute PTSD and believe I have been rendered autistic. My life will never be the same.

  8. thegronk87 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:27 PM

    Right, James Mara and Mike Tisch will suspend their best player in the middle of a playoff run.
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    It’s called having integrity. Sometimes doing the right thing is painful.

  9. Already old news to me. Since my Cowboys wasted their last bit of hope this whole thing makes me wanna root for the Giants to win the division in hopes they’ll get another shot at Carolina in the playoffs since that’s when Eli thrives and I know Washington will be one and done if they win the east. So for right now GO GIANTS!

  10. Good point. They should have. The steelers would have done so ASAP.

    By the way , did you hear about the anti gay remarks the panthers made towards odb. Maybe there’s something there. Where there’s smoke there is fire.

  11. If the Giants stand behind what they say then they should deactivate him for next Sunday assuming that the suspension gets overturned on appeal. Honestly, if he appeals his suspension, if I was on that board I would give him the last 2 games of the year to think about it.

  12. Giants and Cowboys prove that it’s all about winning and nothing else. Up until his ridiculous denial of knowing about Beckham’s actions during the game, I had the highest respect for Coughlin. No more. The Giants could’ve shown some class by suspending Beckham before the NFL did.

  13. descendenyou

    You said OBJ should “try to apply a legal attack based on the ‘arbitrary and capricious’ nature of the punshment.

    On the flip side Norman should file an assault claim with the NYPD for OBJ’s blatant attempt to intentionally injure him and cause him serious physical harm. There is clear video evidence of it.

    Assault claims have been filed in the past in the NHL and have been followed through with trials when appropriate.

  14. After watching the Giants inept clock management and play calling at the end of close games all season, then trying to whitewash this episode, I really think Coughlin is starting to go senile. He would never have put up with this stuff in years past

  15. Baloney. I’m not a Giants fan, but Beckham is best WR to come into the NFL since Jerry Rice, and Norman and the Panthers tried to intimidate him because they didn’t have a player, or perhaps even two players who could consistently cover him. Most of whatever Beckham did, the Panthers did, or tried to do, to him first; he just happened to get caught more times than did Norman.
    Neither the Giants nor Beckham owe anyone anything.

  16. To say the that the Giants should have suspended ODB themselves is pretty ridiculous. NFL teams do not suspend star players themselves, there is a long practice of leaving that to the league. The Cowboys did not suspend Hardy and the Patriots did not suspend Brady.

  17. I won’t condemn the man for eternity, but his antics were out of control. He needs to take his medicine now and come back with a new attitude and respect for the game.

  18. Hmmm, I don’t remember the Steelers suspending Big Ben when he raped that girl. That was left to the league.

  19. “I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong and this franchise and organization does not tolerate that,”

    This discussion shouldn’t even be happening, it should never have gotten to the point of a suspension. I am a lifelong Giants fan and I am beyond disgusted that Coughlin did not take control in that situation and sit his butt down for a series or two, longer if necessary. I have been defending him for years but the time has come,. Thanks for the rings TC please enjoy your retirement.

    The officials have some ‘splaining to do as well. They let that crap get completely out of control and are fortunate no one was seriously injured.

  20. ‘“I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong and this franchise and organization does not tolerate that,” Coughlin said.’

    Right. What a joke.

    Sure, he got the Super Bowl wins, but how many times have Tom Couchlin’s teams rolled over and died at the end of the season? They either win the Big One or collapse after the coach loses the locker room.

    That’s not the kind of record your 70 year old coach should have if you’re thinking about having him take your team into the future.

  21. i love how florio has to throw a dig at eli saying hes not the leader peyton is, eli was busy figuring out how to get out of a 28 point hole against a top defense to worry about the baby crap going on between beck and norm. and by the with the the lacking leadership he was able to lead his team back with 4 straight scoring drives buddy

  22. Funny. Teams never suspend guys on their own for real crimes like Domestic Abuse, DUI, Theft…yet because one spoiled brat took a cheap shot at another spiked brat everyone wants “heads”. Get a grip Florio. This whole story is the biggest overreaction of 2015.

  23. Coughlin is a fraud. He lied about knowing he was being penalized, and that no one on the team took the guy to task is pretty sad. Coughlin is gone. And after that debacle and loss of control of the teams best player, not getting anyone to get the guy under control, he should be fined as well.

  24. The Giants have been a disgrace in this entire matter.

    John Mara and Robert Tisch deserve to be called out for failing to hold to the standards of decency that both of their father’s demanded the organization be held to.

    Most disappointing is the abject failure of Tom Coughlin to act like a man of principal and suspend the punk. Instead he finds one excuse after another to avoid holding ODB accountable.

    Hope they never win again this season and Tom get’s fired for having no moral compass.

  25. Half the league should be doing time. As a result, I’m watching less football as each year goes by.

  26. The Giants are 10-16 when Beckham plays…everybody acts like they are a winning team with him. He’s a typical petulant, diva, me-me wide receiver who in the end does nothing for the team as far as wins go. Everything is about him and his brand. The Giants are in denial for enabling him and are creating a monster that in the end will only make their team worse. Look at the past Super Bowl winners and tell me how many had diva wide receivers?

  27. Saying the Giants should suspend him is still off the mark. What they should have done should have happened DURING the game. I didn’t see Coughlin go after Beckham for any of those penalties. Granted, the officials should have ejected him in the first quarter but after that head shot, Coughlin himself should have removed him from the field and sent him to the locker room for the rest of the game. That takes integrity and that is something sorely lacking in this league from top to bottom.

  28. anthony123632 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 9:04 PM

    i love how florio has to throw a dig at eli saying hes not the leader peyton is, eli was busy figuring out how to get out of a 28 point hole against a top defense to worry about the baby crap going on between beck and norm. and by the with the the lacking leadership he was able to lead his team back with 4 straight scoring drives buddy
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    Still lost. Lost the game, lost all respect from fans all over the country.

  29. I mean. Murders, Domestic violanve, DUIs, drug charges – All playing….

    Can the NFL merge with that women’s league? Maybe not, those women play with less pads. (Exception: breast augmentation). Which is awesome.

  30. It takes courage to do the right thing. We have come to expect this behavior from Jerrah Jones but the Giants have just surprised everyone by not suspending this idiot.

  31. To the poster who stated the Pats didn’t suspend Brady , since Tom Brady is guilty of nothing other than being a 4 time super bowl champion , why should they have suspended him ??

  32. The Giants could easily beat the Vikings without OBJ. They should suspend him to ease the pressure of the media. The team looks good, they still win the game. It’s a win-win for them.

  33. He looks like a skunk that Pepé Le Pew looking idiot. The NFL is so far up this kid’s backside they’ll make certain he’s still on the field. Yesterday was case in point. Today’s joke of a punishment is another case in point.

    You think the NFL wants their skunk-looking, golden boy ousted for the remaining two weeks of the season? Cahoots. Goodell is a moron. How this kid isn’t suspended the rest of the regular season and the playoffs (which ain’t happening cuz my ‘Skins gonna win!) is beyond me. Look at how Goodell handled Haynesworth(less)! Five games!

    HTTR

  34. Dec 21, 2015 8:27 PM

    Right, James Mara and Mike Tisch will suspend their best player in the middle of a playoff run.
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    It’s called having integrity. Sometimes doing the right thing is painful.

    As a Patriot fan you know how tough that is…..oh wait you don’t have a clue.
    A cheater talking about integrity …how rich.

    The player is out of control, his coach has lost control, and the team lacks leadership…the painful part is it got this far. But hey Brady got away with cheating so……everything is fair game.

  35. How long did the panthers and nfl suspend josh norman for wreklessly driving on the highway with his pregnant ex gf hanging on to the hood of his car????????

  36. paul82461 says:

    they should suspend the referees for not giving him a penalty at any point during the game
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    Earth to Paul…

    Beckham was flagged 4 times (3 times for unsportsmanlike conduct) – that’s more than any other wide receiver has ever been flagged in the history of the NFL.

    Having said that, I do agree that the referees should be suspended – for not EJECTING Beckham from the game.

  37. namriverrat69 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:48 PM
    On the flip side Norman should file an assault claim with the NYPD for OBJ’s blatant attempt to intentionally injure him and cause him serious physical harm. There is clear video evidence of it.
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    You do realize the games are played in East Rutherford NEW JERSEY???

  38. jjmeier1 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:50 PM
    To say the that the Giants should have suspended ODB themselves is pretty ridiculous. NFL teams do not suspend star players themselves, there is a long practice of leaving that to the league. The Cowboys did not suspend Hardy and the Patriots did not suspend Brady.
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    In Brady’s case, the team stood behind him, correctly, based on their belief of his innocence. In Hardy’s case, the worst of what he did was not in a Cowboy uniform and he was suspended by the league for it.

    However there IS precedent for teams suspending players for conduct detrimental that doesn’t rise to something the league gets involved in.

    In 2001, Bill Belichick all but released Terry Glenn (who was arguably the best WR on the team) for his constant immature antics. Despite playing during the year, he wasn’t given a Super Bowl ring when the team won Super Bowl 36.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 21, 2015 9:44 PM

    Dec 21, 2015 8:27 PM

    The player is out of control, his coach has lost control, and the team lacks leadership…the painful part is it got this far.
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    Cool. Looks like we agree again. At least this alt of your does. Lets wait to hear what you say under your other names.

  40. All you hear about is helmet to helmet. What about dead ball body slamming? Is a spinal injury worse than a concussion? Norman should have been tossed with the body slam. Not even penalized; go figure that. Everything after that that was no worse than the body slam.

    Most of the posters here are morons.

  41. craniator | Dec 21, 2015, 7:49 PM CST
    Baloney. I’m not a Giants fan, but Beckham is best WR to come into the NFL since Jerry Rice, and Norman and the Panthers tried to intimidate him because they didn’t have a player, or perhaps even two players who could consistently cover him. Most of whatever Beckham did, the Panthers did, or tried to do, to him first; he just happened to get caught more times than did Norman.
    Neither the Giants nor Beckham owe anyone anything.

    Randy Moss

  42. Nothing new here, Beckham displayed similar antics in a game last year vs. the Rams.

    Hopefully the suspension is upheld. He will not learn anything if he is let off the hook.

    Shame on the Giants for turning a blind eye.

  43. namriverrat69 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:48 PM
    descendenyou

    You said OBJ should “try to apply a legal attack based on the ‘arbitrary and capricious’ nature of the punshment.

    On the flip side Norman should file an assault claim with the NYPD for OBJ’s blatant attempt to intentionally injure him and cause him serious physical harm. There is clear video evidence of it.

    Assault claims have been filed in the past in the NHL and have been followed through with trials when appropriate.
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    Minor detail the game was not played in NY but NJ so go back in the basement till dinner is ready

  44. Biggest Diva yesterday was camshaft Newton can not wait for him to get into and out of the playoffs and the folks in Charlotte can go back to watching NASCAR

  45. I’m honestly surprised by how he acted. I don’t follow the Giants very closely, but it seems like we would have heard if he was a true head case, like a Pac Man Jones for example. I hope this was just an anomaly, he takes his medicine, and goes back to being one of the stars of the league – cleanly.

  46. rdk says:
    Dec 21, 2015 9:49 PM
    How long did the panthers and nfl suspend josh norman for wreklessly driving on the highway with his pregnant ex gf hanging on to the hood of his car????????
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    Oh, about the same amount of time it took you to make the story up or as long as Manziel got for nearly killing his girlfriend, while driving 90 mph. Take your pick.

  47. Look at all the Giant haters coming out from under the rock. What Beckham did is unacceptable. But let’s not act like babies. Football is a BUSINESS. There is not one owner who would suspend one of their best players on their own. History of the league proves that. So stop acting holier than thou!

  48. docsmith54 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 10:13 PM

    All you hear about is helmet to helmet. What about dead ball body slamming? Is a spinal injury worse than a concussion? Norman should have been tossed with the body slam. Not even penalized; go figure that. Everything after that that was no worse than the body slam.

    Most of the posters here are morons.
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    Let me guess. You’re a very objective Giants fan who, like Coughlin, didn’t notice anything unusual during the game.

  49. The Giants should have sat Beckham down, but that was never going to happen with the Giants, or any other franchise for that matter.

    Millionaire owners don’t make more millions by sitting their most valuable assets in the 2nd half of a nationally televised home games vs 13-0 teams. Harsh reality.

    The league circled back and made sure Beckham suffered at least some consequences. To expect the Giants to sit him is honorable and reeks of (gasp) accountability; but that doesn’t make it any more realistic.

  50. georgeremus says:
    Dec 21, 2015 9:13 PM

    The Giants are 10-16 when Beckham plays…everybody acts like they are a winning team with him.
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    Obviously you’re not familiar with the Giant’s M.O.

    What they do is play horribly and underachieve for nearly every season, but every 5 years or so they back into the playoffs, get hot, win it all and then celebrate Coughlin as a HOF coach who then rewards the organization by looking completely inept on the sideline for the next 5 years.

  51. draculalambert says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:36 PM

    Good point. They should have. The steelers would have done so ASAP.
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    Really? Then why didn’t the Steelers pull Cody Wallace when he ran 15 yards after a play to dive head first into a Bronco after the whistle?

  52. One could sum up this article by simply saying: when in doubt, blame everyone, and by all means do it from a holier-than thou vantage point.

    The officials are on the field to protect against this sort of thing. They did not do their job.

  53. Not one single person commenting here would have suspended Beckham themselves next week with their jobs on the line. Not one. Including the author of this article. I guarantee you that.

  54. The Panthers are becoming a bunch of insufferable jerks. They never lost with grace and I guess we all should have guessed they wouldn’t win with grace either. I don’t think Beckham suddenly decided turn on the crazy…I think Norman was taunting him all day long and Beckham just lost it. Can’t wait until somebody knocks the Panther’s off of their self-appointed throne!

  55. jjmeier1 says:
    Dec 21, 2015 8:50 PM
    To say the that the Giants should have suspended ODB themselves is pretty ridiculous. NFL teams do not suspend star players themselves, there is a long practice of leaving that to the league . . .and the Patriots did not suspend Brady.
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    Brady testified under oath that he didn’t do anything, and the league told Judge Berman they had no evidence at all to show that he did do something.

    Beckham, on the other hand, was on national TV and so you can go watch his antics on YouTube right now if you wish.

  56. It is nice to see the attack dogs out in force. I was just offering an alternative point of view and erred. Thank you for kindly pointing it out to me.

    One would think you would argue something substantial about the article instead of looking to feel proud of mockingly pointing out this old man’s little mistake. Good job boys.

  57. Beckham deserved 2 games, Norman should have gotten 1. The ref crew should be shelved for the regular and post season. How do you not warn both coaches and then issue ejections when there are clearly 2 guys out of control on the field? Ridiculous.

  58. The Giants (whom I have rooted for since my first game in 71) ORGANIZATION is leaderless from the top down. Someone, ANYONE, should have pulled the Kid aside, and set him straight, but, NO ONE did, and now they’re all trying to spin it towards outside forces. NO, you failed this Kid as Leaders, Professionals, and Men.

    And now, back to our regular programming of: The Giants are missing the playoffs, once again.

  59. The Giants don’t have any leaders on their team. Eli definitely isn’t going to do anything to make anyone mad at him. I can’t think of anyone else on the roster that would be man enough to step up to Beckham and tell him to calm down.

  60. John Mara should’ve already dealt with this. He’s watched enough football to know how dirty Beckham hitting Norman was. It’s your product he tarnished John Mara. Deal with it now or he’ll do it again in the future because nobody is going to back off of him now.

  61. Coughlin is talking nonsense here. Your franchise and coaching staff did tolerate it. Tom you left him on the field. Both players were out of line but clearly OBJ completely lost his composure. That is Tom job to get him off the field.

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