The storyline coming out of the Carolina Panthers game in Week 15 against the NY Giants wasn't the 28 point lead the Panthers almost blew in the second half or the fact that the Panthers' are now one of four teams to advance to 14-0 in NFL history. The hot topic was what happened after the whistle between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.. These two players combined for five unnecessary roughness penalties, with Beckham accounting for three of them.
Well on Monday, the NFL made a statement that this would not be tolerated and suspended him for the Giants upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday night. In the league's statement they said:
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 handed down by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who wrote a letter to Beckham. In the letter he said, "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."
The Giants' wide receiver will now have the opportunity to appeal the suspension, which he has already decided to do according to this tweet by ESPN's Dan Graziano.
It is worth noting that at the end of the statement the league said that they are still reviewing the conduct of other players from the game yesterday. This may not be the only penalty handed down from the league for the players in this game.