Josh Norman and Odell Beckham will not become friends anytime soon if Norman’s latest comments are to be believed.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman became a breakout star in the NFL for his play. Many fans may remember him more for his beef with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham though.
Their feud began in a game between the Giants and Carolina Panthers, which involved Beckham hitting Norman multiple times. There are two sides to every story, though, and Norman has gone out of his way to explain that in a new book titled “Panthers Rising.”
According to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, the new Redskins cornerback said, “I’m going to hit him… until he stops crying and b—-ing.” “Panthers Rising” details the Panthers’ rise, which consisted of a 15-1 season and Super Bowl trip.
Norman became a Pro Bowl cornerback after consistently shutting down opposing receivers, including Beckham for most of the Panthers-Giants matchup. In a shocking turn of events, the Panthers removed the franchise tag from Norman and made him an unrestricted free agent. The cornerback was clearly angry with the way the Panthers front office treated him as he signed a $75 million deal with the Redskins.
Beckham was suspended for one game for his actions against Norman. The cornerback also received punishment in the form of a $26,000 fine for retaliating. The Giants receiver has consistently claimed that Norman talked trash before the game. A rumor even surfaced that Norman menacingly swung a baseball bat along with teammates during pregame warmups. This allegedly made Beckham feel threatened and put him in that state of mind during the game.
The drama is certain to continue between Norman and Beckham since they will be facing each other twice a year. Their Twitter insult exchanges indicate that the Pro Bowl players will continue to be enemies on and off the field.