Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney opened Monday’s show by discussing the NFL’s hot Sunday topic: the antics of Odell Beckham Jr.
Tierney called Beckham – who was whistled for three personal fouls and delivered an intentional hit to the head to Panthers corner Josh Norman – “a clown show.” Beckham’s behavior, Tierney said, was a “pathetic display of immaturity and childish actions” and that Beckham “embarrassed” the organization. In fact, he went so far as to call Beckham “a disgrace.”
Barber, a former Giant, couldn’t disagree.
“How he was acting was not how a Giant (should) act,” Barber said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Certain guys do this stuff. Vontaze Burfict is this guy. Is Odell Beckham that? No. I wouldn’t think that. I met the kid. He’s nice as can be. But something was in his craw yesterday and he let pregame or pre-week hype and whatever it may have been (get the best of him).”
Beckham, one of the league’s best receivers, knew he would be matched against Norman, one of the best corners – if not the best corner – in football. It’s not surprising that those two would go at it all game.
What is surprising, though, is just how personal Beckham made it.
“Emotion is such an important part of the National Football League,” Barber said. “But when it starts to cloud your ability to play the game and you start doing things that hurt your team and then at the end of the day end up hurting your brand, come on, Odell. You got to be better than that. You got to mature better than that or quicker than that. Because people – not just your teammates – but kids and others are looking up to you. What did I say two months ago? That people around the league can’t stand Odell Beckham outside of his team – because things like this happen all the time. We don’t see it because (they) don’t show it on television, but if you watch an All-22 that goes all the way through the breaks, this is the type of things that he does. He nicks and picks and does all these things that get under people. And maybe it’s gamesmanship. Maybe it’s him trying to get inside you’re head.
“But when you do what he did yesterday – which is take a deliberate shot, to me, to hurt Josh Norman – that’s outside the line,” Barber continued. “He should have been ejected. Obviously the league won’t do it and they probably won’t suspend him either because there’s no precedent for him to be suspended for this cheap shot he took on Josh Norman, but he seriously could have hurt Josh Norman. That’s not the kind of player that the Giants want, I’m sure, and I know it’s not the kind of player that Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be remembered as when it’s all said and done.”
The NFL is reportedly considering suspending Beckham for one game. Tierney thinks Beckham should be suspended for the rest of the season.
The Giants (6-8) close at Minnesota (9-5) and against Philadelphia (6-8).