Norman wants Beckham Jr banned

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman blasted New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr after a series of ugly physical confrontations between the pair on Sunday.

Beckham drew three personal fouls in the game – which Carolina won 38-35 after a late Graham Gano field goal – with the worst coming in the third quarter when the Giants star was penalised for a nasty blindside hit to Norman's head.

Norman called for the NFL to bring further sanctions down on Beckham for the dangerous hit after the game.

"The man came 15 yards down the field and just went straight for my head. He was doing it the whole game," Norman said.

"I feel like the league should take a look at what the guy was doing. I mean it was ridiculous."

Norman, who has made a reputation of shutting down top receivers this season, harassed Beckham early on and the two were tangled up on several plays, with the Giants receiver appearing to retaliate after the whistle more than once.

The Giants' receiver, who was held without a catch in the first half, finally beat Norman for a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, before stepping over the defender during his celebration.

"What he did is obviously on display. You see what kind of player he is," an angry Norman told reporters after the game.
Beckham, who finished with 76 receiving yards and the score, said his actions were just part of the game.

"We're out there playing football. We're competing. We're always going to go at it," Beckham said.

"Anyone whose played sports, you're competitive. You're going to go as hard as you can."

Beckham, who was fined for throwing a punch at a Buffalo Bills player during a game in October, had to learn how to maintain his composure, said coach Tom Coughlin.

"He has got to learn at some point how to deal with some things," Coughlin said. "He made some mistakes today, but I'm hoping he'll recognise that and get over it."

 

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