According to a report, Odell Beckham Jr.’s hyper-aggressive behavior during the Panthers/Giants game was not without provocation. Beckham was allegedly the victim of bullying by multiple members of the Panthers. Not only were they wielding baseball bats (part of some new, bizarre pre-game warm-up tradition), but they allegedly launched a verbal anti-gay assault on the Giants’ reciever. The allegation isn’t without merit, Cortland Finnegan said this:
And then there was this comment by Panthers’ Josh Norman after the game:
“You’re going to be Michael Jackson and go around and dancing and playing and a lot of other stuff and not be a football player and not train the way you’re supposed to train. It goes to show. I hope I pulled that mask off. I pulled back the face of what that dude really is. You want to play football, play football. Don’t come out here and do all that extra stuff.”
Steve Kopay came out as a homosexual in 1975, 3 years after retiring. Aside from Michael Sam, who was drafted but never played, there still hasn’t been an active player to come out. This debate isn’t whether OBJ was justified, wasn’t punished enough, shouldn’t have been punished…the question is why did he act out in this manner and why does the media allow such anti-gay, or possibly anti-woman, comments to be made in the first place? If they’re made off the field, like above, then they’re certainly made on the field too. Howard Kurtz joins Tamara Holder on Fox News “Sports Court” to discuss?
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