Breaking: George R.R. Martin Watches First Take, Agrees With Skip Bayless On Odell Beckham
So according to a report by @DMooreNFL (started by Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes), Odell Beckham Jr.'s one-game suspension is getting lifted by the NFL. If true, this will delight Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who composed an impassioned semi-defense of Beckham in his most recent blog post.
Excerpts below, among which the most shocking fact is that George R.R. Martin watches First Take, and agrees with Skip Bayless. The issue: the referees in the Giants-Panthers game should have been suspended.
This morning on FIRST TAKE Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless agreed that Beckham should be suspended for his actions yesterday. I can't disagree. But Bayless also said that the officiating crew should also be suspended, and boy, do I agree with that. Most of this ugliness could have been avoided with stronger officiating. Yes, Beckham should have been ejected for the helmet-to-helmet hit. (Instead he and Norman were both given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, offsetting). But that was way too late.
The rest of Martin's post centered on how Beckham was not the only one to blame for the ugliness with Josh Norman.
So I am not defending Odell Beckham Junior. Can't. Won't. The helmet-to-helmet hit, in particular, was indefensible. Much as I hate to say it, he should have been expelled yesterday, and the one-game suspension is justified.
Something else needs to be said as well.
JOSH NORMAN STARTED IT.
After a week of hype about this great match-up, he had allowed ODB to burn him on the first series for what would have been a humiliating touchdown. Plainly, that near miss pissed him off... because ON THE VERY NEXT PLAY, he grabbed ODB and bodyslammed him to the ground. There was no flag, even though a ref was right on top of them.
A couple plays later, Norman fouled ODB again, running into his back and knocking him down. That time ODB struck back and blows were exchanged. But Norman's came first.
Martin is a big fan of both New York NFL teams, and in my opinion that's the main reason his new book hasn't been finished yet, and that Season 6 of Game of Thrones on HBO will be, for the first time, ahead of the book series.
Actually, when these books are complete, Martin would make a great NFL commissioner. His background in executions, employing dragons and general warfare would come in handy.
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