On Wednesday evening the NFL upheld the one-game suspension for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for his reckless play against the Panthers and targeting cornerback Josh Norman.
Beckham's appeal was heard at the league offices in New York by James Thrash and the ruling was upheld by the NFL's Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks.
According to a statement released by the NFL, Beckham's suspension remains due to multiple violations of safety-related playing rules this past Sunday.
Hanks released a letter to Beckham and made special note of the danger Beckham's antics posed to fellow players.
“Acts that jeopardize the safety of players or expose them to unnecessary risk cannot be tolerated,” Hanks said in his letter to Beckham on Monday.
Beckham issued a statement expressing deep regret for his actions.
I owe some people an apology. I wasn’t raised to act like I did the other day. I am not here to make excuses for my conduct. This isn’t about anything that was said or done to me. This is about my behavior, and I am responsible for my behavior. People expect better from me, and I expect better from myself.
First of all, I apologize to the organization I represent, the Giants, and our ownership, John Mara and his family and Steve Tisch and his family. And Jerry Reese, who drafted me and gave me the opportunity to be a part of this organization.
I want to apologize to Giants fans. They want to be proud of us, and proud of players like me who represent their team. What happened the other day was embarrassing to them and embarrassing to me.
A lot of kids look up to me as a role model. That is a responsibility I accept and take seriously. Many of the parents of those kids have asked since Sunday what they should say to their children about my conduct. I don’t have the perfect answer, but I think one thing they can say is how I handled myself the other day is an example of how not to conduct yourself. I displayed poor sportsmanship. And those parents can also say that when you act like that, there are consequences. And I hope to be an example of somebody who did something wrong and learned from it.
I owe Coach Coughlin, our coaches and my teammates an apology. They have had to answer for my actions, and that’s not fair to them. How I conduct myself is my responsibility. I let my coaches and teammates down.
I am blessed and privileged to play the game I love, and I will do all I can to carry myself in a way that honors the game, the NFL, my team, my coaches, all my fans and my family moving forward.
Beckham will not be eligible to play when the Giants play a must-win game in Minnesota on Sunday night and the wide receiver will be reinstated next Monday.