That, of course, is an image of Beckham’s iconic one-handed catch against the Cowboys last season, a remarkable grab on national TV that cemented his status as a superstar in just his rookie season. However, the football has been replaced with an “L” for “loser,” which the wide receiver certainly was Sunday, not just in the fact that his Giants were defeated, but also in the way he behaved.
For much of the afternoon, Beckham seemed to take Norman’s tight, physical — sometimes aggressively so — coverage personally, and he grappled with the cornerback repeatedly during and after plays and even threw a punch at one point.
The lowest point, though, came when Beckham launched himself at Norman, who was involved in a tackle on another Giant, and made what appeared to be deliberate helmet-to-helmet contact.
The refereeing crew would have been entirely in its rights to eject Beckham, but he was able to stay in the game. Not surprisingly, after scoring his late touchdown — this after having had zero catches and one awful drop in the first half — Beckham saw fit to step right over Norman, who had been beaten on the play.
After the game, Norman was not shy about expressing his disdain for Beckham. The Panthers corner has emerged as a superstar in his own right this season, at least in terms of his ability to stifle top receiving threats if not in national celebrity, and he said he “pulled back the mask on who this guy really is.” He also had some rather profane comments, which we won’t post here.
“He came back and was hunting. It was just malicious in every way,” Norman said (via the Charlotte Observer). “When they put it on the film and they go back and review it, I hope the league office takes a look at it and see what they can do. Because players like that don’t need to be in the game.”