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Blandino: Beckham should have been tossed
During his "Official Review" segment on the NFL Network Tuesday night, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino says without question that Odell Beckham Jr. should have been ejected for the blindside helmet-to-helmet hit against Josh Norman in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Beckham, who drew three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the game, was suspended by the NFL for one game due to his misbehavior. Beckham's appeal of the suspension will be heard today. Blandino says that he did call the Meadowlands during the game to remind the officials that they could eject players, and lamented the missed calls in the early stages of the game that set the tone for the raucous atmosphere.
"I think when you look at all of the actions in their entirety it does warrant an ejection," Blandino said. "Any time a player is suspended, those actions would warrant an ejection. We don’t take disqualifications lightly. It’s a short season. The action really has to raise above and beyond the normal course. And this certainly did. There’s certainly an accumulation of instances.
"And not just on Beckham. There were some things on the other side, too. And I think both parties were involved. The officials, if you ask them, they would agree after looking at the tape that ejections were warranted."
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