Gee Scott: Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin agrees with Odell Beckham’s penalty
Gee Scott was surprised to hear Doug Baldwin’s take on the suspension of the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. as a result of his antics in a game Sunday vs. Carolina.
According to Scott, Baldwin said he agrees with the NFL’s suspension of Beckham, saying the star wideout is not a good person and doesn’t respect the game. And why is that surprising? Well, the Seahawks receiver has been known for playing passionately – and perhaps unhinged – at times himself earlier in his career.
“I’m looking at Doug like he’s crazy,” Scott said on “Justin and Gee” Tuesday. “‘What do you mean he doesn’t respect the game?’… I said, ‘Doug, people used to say the same thing about you.'”
Beckham was suspended one game after being assessed three personal-foul penalties for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules” against the Panthers. Among his three penalties was a late helmet-to-helmet hit against cornerback Josh Norman.
Co-host Justin Myers thought a fine would have been plenty for Beckham’s antics, but that the hubbub surrounding the infractions tends to blind the NFL’s decision-makers. He said if there’s one thing fans have learned from the NFL in the last year, it’s that if people make a big deal out of something, the NFL will react in kind.
“The NFL is the most reactionary organization in the world,” Myers said. “If you have a big media blitz of some kind, they will react to it. If the majority of people came out yesterday and said, ‘You know what, things like this happen, it’s just football,’ the NFL would have done nothing, maybe a fine for the helmet-to-helmet contact. But because so many people got on their soapboxes yesterday and just decided that what Odell Beckham Jr. did was so horrific and so horrible, they reacted to it.”
Scott took offense to an ESPN headline proclaiming Beckham’s anger might derail his career, saying everyone is allowed a bad day or two, whether it’s on the field, in the office or reacting to Twitter criticism.
“(Twitter trolls) might get the best of me – you have to be a professional, you’re supposed to be a professional,” Scott said. “Odell Beckham Jr. out there, he had a bad day… but he ain’t playing chess. He plays football. Football is a highly emotional sport.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he can’t remember any player on one of his teams going on such a prolonged period of recklessness. However, Scott and Myers noted that it’s not altogether different than Seattle lineman J.R. Sweezy jumping late into a pile in Pittsburgh or defensive end Michael Bennett’s hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. It’s all just part of the game, Scott said.
“OK, he was being dirty out there. It’s no different than every other NFL game that goes on every single time it’s being played,” Scott said. “There’s dirty things that happen in the games. The will to compete, the will to want to win.”
Then again, Gee said Baldwin also asked him whether he’d be OK with a receiver from a different team to take Beckman-esque cheap shots against Richard Sherman?
“I said, ‘No, I wouldn’t be,'” Gee said. “And that’s why I say it all the time: Sports make you a hypocrite.”