The thing is, Norman didn’t just put on the mask, enjoy a few laughs and then remove it. No, once it was on, the first-team all-pro kept it on, even after he left the podium.
While still talking to reporters — before the mask showed up — Norman was asked about his Week 15 wrestling match with Odell Beckham Jr., one that resulted in the Giants wide receiver getting a one-game suspension for delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit to his Panthers nemesis. Norman said that he was disappointed that the incident caused a distraction before Carolina suffered its first and only loss of the season thus far, and he also got into it a little bit with NFL Network reporter Deion Sanders.
“I really didn’t agree with what you had going on with Odell and that whole situation,” Norman told Sanders. “… I feel like you took his back on some stuff.”
Norman couldn’t mask his distaste for Beckham, but he showed quite a lighthearted side, as well.