The Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. feud was center stage at Super Bowl 50 Monday night. The Carolina Panthers cornerback called the New York Giants wide receiver "crazy" during an interview, then challenged Deion Sanders over remarks apparently made by the Hall of Fame cornerback.
"Shoot, that man's crazy," Norman said during the NFL's Super Bowl Opening Night media event at the SAP Center. "You all saw it."
Norman also got testy when Sanders, microphone in hand for NFL Network, approached him to say he had reached out to Norman after the Giants-Panthers game to try to broker peace between Norman and Beckham. The Giants' wide receiver was penalized three times for personal fouls and ultimately suspended one game for his actions toward Norman. The Carolina cornerback was fined $26,000 by the NFL.
Josh Norman is KEEPING IT REAL, speaking with Deion Sanders, about the Odell Beckham situation. pic.twitter.com/9ieMAEn31b— CAROLINA (@ChickenNGreens) February 2, 2016
Here is the complete text of Norman's remark:
"I felt like you had taken his back on some stuff. You said something like if he was your son, you would've gave him props or something like, ‘Go out and do your thing,'" Norman said. "I know you said that. It feels like, OK, but this man is running 10 yards at me full speed like trying to take me out or something. That's what you're going to pat on the back and say, ‘Good job'?"
Part of the discussion immediately after the game concerned why the Giants never removed the out of control Beckham from the game in an effort to calm him down. Norman admitted Monday that he had actually asked Panthers coach Ron Rivera to take him out.
"It definitely could have been a different perspective. I told coach to take me out of the game, because I couldn't be in there with that. But I understood the situation; I had to go through some things. I think coach let me go through that experience to not only make me better as a person but make me better as a football player.
"To understand at life those things come to you. How you fight back and how you handle that determine the type of man you're going to become."
The Beckham-Norman fiasco is one the Giants, the Panthers and the NFL would love to forget. Obviously, though, that isn't happening any time soon.