Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman had quite the afternoon on Sunday, defying even the most ambitious expectations of what would happen when the league’s best, cockiest cornerback met the league’s best, cockeist wide receiver. All in all, it was about as entertaining an individual matchup as you’ll ever see on a football field, be that because we saw two hyper-elite athletes going one-on-one for four quarters of a game that featured a 28-point swing, or because they were physically fighting each other on literally every single play.
The consensus, however, was that Odell Beckham Jr. behaved like a total asshole. Norman went as far as calling him “Michael Jackson” in a postgame interview that featured more harsh personal criticisms than a Donald Trump GOP debate rebuttal.
As you may have expected, their feud extended well into the night, with a contentious text message conversation that highlights some of the underlying character issues at the source of their beef. Being the intrepid NFL drama sleuths that we are, SportsGrid has obtained screenshots from that interaction, which you can have a look at for yourself, below.
— Footage of Josh Norman walking around with a bat pre-game puts Beckham’s particularly feisty on-field actions into a slightly different perspective. Via Jay Glazer’s Instagram…
— Beckham suspended one game, expected to appeal.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been suspended for one game.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 21, 2015
— Not surprisingly, Grandpa Coughlin wasn’t thrilled with OBJ’s antics.
Tom Coughlin on OBJ: “I will not defend his actions yesterday because they were wrong and this particular franchise does not tolerate that.”
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) December 21, 2015
— Deion Sanders thickens the plot with this little tidbit, saying Norman threatened to end Beckham’s career prior to kickoff — a claim which is at least partially substantiated by footage of a Norman-OBJ pre-game confrontation.
Deion Sanders says that Norman called Odell a "fa**ot", carried around a baseball bat pregame and told him he was "gonna end his career".
— astromarko (@astromarko) December 21, 2015
What is a Panthers practice squad player doing going into the Giants team stretching area.. with a baseball bat? pic.twitter.com/4mIQ0jwYRg
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) December 22, 2015