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December 21, 2015

Suspended Odell Beckham lost control because the Panthers brought a baseball bat on the field for warmups

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers corner back Josh Norman go at it during the game.

Besides Steve Harvey, Monday’s top story is the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game, specifically the fireworks between Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

The two players (both very good players, mind you) were matched up for a good portion of the game, and they were completely at each other’s throats. The officiating crew is being roasted on every single media platform for letting the game get so out of hand.

Beckham just was suspended for the Week 16 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and he was completely unhinged. Why was he so out of control, though? Here is an explanation from Adam Schefter:

In pregame warmups, at least one Panthers official, and possibly more, carried black baseball bats on to the field and were motioning with them towards Odell Beckham Jr. while making comments to him, per a league source. Norman later grabbed the black bat and was swinging it in pregame warmups – which, by the way, an NFL Films camera captured. Beckham, according to another source, felt threatened and it helped put him in a certain frame of mind.

The NFC East, everyone.

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