Tiki Barber’s better-looking twin brother dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Tuesday to discuss numerous NFL topics, including the antics of Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants star wide receiver has been suspended for one game after drawing three personal fouls and targeting Josh Norman in Sunday’s 38-35 loss to Carolina. Beckham needs to be held accountable for his behavior, of course, but does Norman deserve any culpability for inciting him? Or is it simply Norman’s job to get inside Beckham’s head?
“I can’t speak (about) OBJ. I don’t know him. I’ve never met him,” FOX Sports NFL analyst Ronde Barber said. “Josh Norman is a guy that has a switch. You can see it on film. Because when you talk to him in person, he’s really a humble, religious-type person. When the lights come on and he puts on his cleats and the helmet’s strapped on, he’s jawing the entire time. He’s aggressive. He’s a really good football player. But yeah, I think it’s his job.”
Beckham, meanwhile, doesn’t exactly have the greatest reputation in the league.
“Look, I don’t know Odell,” Ronde said, “but when I watch games of him, these little antics that escalated into what turned into a suspension this week – they’ve been going on all year. Whether or not people noticed it is a different deal. I think FOX did a great job showing what led up to the eventual three personal fouls because those antics have been going on all year and they highlighted it. So when you’re a player on another team, you’re watching that film. You see that stuff happen.”
While Beckham’s teammates love him, the rest of the league, by and large, does not. Beckham, 23, is young, he’s brash, he dances – he antagonizes the heck out of you.
Is it fair to say that opposing defenses really get up for going against Beckham?
“That’s completely fair,” Ronde said. “Completely fair. It’s been that way throughout the history of football, especially (with) that braggadocious, celebratory demeanor (that) has taken over football the past 20, 30 years.”
Indeed, the idea of “Act like you’ve been there before” has completely gone out the window.
“Yeah, no, that’s gone,” Ronde said. “You can’t even say that anymore. These kids don’t even know what that means anymore. I think you’re exactly right. People hate him. They’re allowed to hate him. You’re not his teammate. So yeah, incite him. You’re going to get what you got. You got three personal foul penalties and suspended. So if you’re a Carolina Panther, you’re saying, ‘Hey, we got done exactly what we wanted to get done. We affected the outcome of this game because we knew we could make Odell Beckham react.’ And that’s exactly what happened.”