Odell Beckham Jr., Eli Manning Comment on WR's Taunting Penalty vs. Vikings

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on in the fourth Quarter against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 25, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a nonfactor during his team's 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.

Further, he hurt his team with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting in the second quarter after exchanging words with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and making contact with him and an official.

Beckham addressed the penalty after the game:

There's never any explanation. It's always just my fault. That's all they look at it as, it's my fault. Whatever you want to call it, I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag. It just is what it is. You have to understand that.

As tough as it is to understand for a 23-year-old who has been blessed with a lot—God has gifted me with an amazing amount of ability, an amazing amount of everything—it seems like it's all working against you. But what are you going to do? Are you going to back down or are you going to stand up? I've never been one to back down, so I'm going to stand up.

Beckham will need to be better than he was Monday; he posted a career-low 23 receiving yards.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, quarterback Eli Manning said Beckham has kind of "brought [it] upon himself." However, Josina Anderson of ESPN said one player texted her with, "That flag on him was ass. Legit bad call."

Beckham met with general manager Jerry Reese after the game, per Max Meyer of NFL.com. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole also reported Beckham met with Reese and added the Giants are concerned about Beckham's antics:

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Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount backed Beckham amid the controversy:

This is not an isolated incident for Beckham.

His battles with Washington (and former Carolina Panthers) cornerback Josh Norman over the last two seasons made headlines as the two jawed back and forth.

Beckham's Giants lost to Norman and Washington in Week 3, and the receiver took a frustrated swing at the kicking net on the sidelines with his helmet. The net absorbed the contact and bounced back, hitting him in the head.

The year prior, Beckham launched himself and hit Norman in the helmet after a play. He committed three personal fouls in that game alone and drew a fine and suspension after the helmet-to-helmet hit.

New York coach Ben McAdoo told reporters Beckham "needs to control his emotions better and be less of a distraction to himself and his teammates."

Beckham, a first-round pick out of LSU in 2014, racked up a combined 2,755 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches in his first two years. However, the 2-2 Giants will need a more composed Beckham as they attempt to chase down the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles and 3-1 Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

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