NFL statement: Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for multiple violations of player safety rules

[Editor’s note: The NFL issued the following statement on Monday, December 21, 2015.]


ODELL BECKHAM JR. of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for next Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules in yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Beckham was penalized three times for unnecessary roughness, including a late helmet-to-helmet hit against a defenseless player in which Beckham left his feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, lowered his helmet and initiated forcible contact with his helmet, and forcibly struck the defenseless player’s head. This “blindside block” was particularly flagrant because Beckham, with a 10-yard running start, had an unobstructed path to his opponent, the position of the opponent was not impacted by any other player, and the contact with the head/neck was avoidable.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS. Hanks ruled that Beckham’s actions placed his opponents at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.

In a letter to Beckham, Hanks noted, “At numerous times during yesterday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk…and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

Beckham will not be permitted this week to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club’s facilities for any reason; attend press conferences; appear at the team’s December 27 game; or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. Beckham will be reinstated on Monday, December 28.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

The conduct of other players in the Panthers-Giants game is being reviewed for potential discipline in the form of fines.

9 responses to “NFL statement: Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for multiple violations of player safety rules

  1. What a joke. If the roles were reversed and any DB did what OBJ did to him… god forbid if a Patriots player did this… the entire freakin NFL would explode calling for them to be suspended for a year.
    It’s all proof the NFL & Roger Goodell is a joke. (i know he didn’t rule, but if he was actually worried about the state of the league and or concerned with concussions at all, he would bring the hammer down on OBJ)

  2. If general knowledge of air pressure was 4 games then that helmet shot should have been a life ban. Intent was clear. And no, it doesn’t matter if they pointed a bat at him or called his hair stupid or his mother fat. Sticks & stones baby.

    Guess ending careers isn’t as bad as an allegedly soft football. Heck, you can always find another wideout.

  3. Well deserved punishment if a little bit too light. That said, Norman deserves a suspension and/or huge fine as well for instigating the fights. He’s going to keep doing this to other receivers and the league needs to put a stop to his out of control and unsportsmanlike actions.

  4. All of these people saying Norman should be suspended are ridiculous. Of course he instigated it, he was trying to mentally exploit Beckham, nothing harmful in that. The only times Norman acted a little out of bounds was in reaction to Beckham classlessness and destructive behavior. If you watched the game, you would’ve seen that Norman was suprisingly reserved given the insanity of Beckham.

  5. Can’t understand how six violations result in a one game suspension on Monday, yet three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and a violent helmet to helmet hit wasn’t enough for an ejection on Sunday. Were these refs watching the same game I was?

  6. I’m a lifelong Giants fan, 60 years, and I have never been so embarrassed. I totally agree with NFL decision. The only thing would have saved him is if TC had sat him out 2nd half. He’s another prima donna in the making and if he doesn’t shape up, the G Men will look to unload him.

  7. Mo’ Pro Babble do have a problem with honesty ??? or are your problems all reading /comprehension related…
    4 games for conduct unbecoming for failure to cooperate, giving testimony that was not deemed to be credible and for refusing to provide / destroying evidence !!!
    Now go away troll !!!

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