Odell Beckham Jr. Banned for 1 Game After Helmet-to-Helmet Hit

The New York Giants player is suspended by the NFL for the potentially dangerous hit during a game with the Carolina Panthers.
2:35 | 12/22/15

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loss to the panthers. He's been widely blasted for that dirty play, you see it right there but his team says there's more to the story and ABC's Ryan smith has the details. Reporter: Odell Beckham is one of the fans' favorites. After one season in the league and famous for those acrobatic one-handed catches being vilified slammed for taking dangerous shots at an opponent and the controversy is just beginning to unfold. This is the play that sacked Odell Beckham Jr. The New York giants star diving into a pile, slamming into Carolina panthers cornerback josh Norman head-to-head. You end players' careers like that. He came back and was hunting and malicious in every way. Reporter: Beckham got three unsportsmanlike penalties and the NFL suspending him for one game saying his actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk. After the game, Beckham saying his competitive spirit took over. Competing against one of the best teams in the league and anybody who has a passion for football will go as hard as they can. Reporter: One dits securing him for being a sore loser. He behaved like a complete jerk. Reporter: But his team believes there may be more than meets the eye. Giants sources telling ESPN panthers fans yelled anti-gay slurs and members of the panthers holding baseball bats on the field allegingly pointing them at Beckham and these created an edgy tone for the game. There are people in the giants organization who believe that Odell Beckham Jr. Felt threatened by the actions of at least one panther who was carrying a bat and helped incite him. Reporter: But the panthers denying the slurs and the threats. Their spokesman saying bats on the field are tradition and nothing new. Panthers players showing others carrying bats saying they're used as motivational tools symbolizing bringing the wood on the field. Now, according to ESPN, Beckham has appealed the suspension which is expected to be heard Wednesday and ruled upon before next Sunday's giants game but many, guy, saying that Beckham went too far with this and that the punishment wasn't far enough. Not likely to turn around, is it? I don't think so, but you never know. It was out of control. It was watching it. Nonstop. Stunning. Ryan, thank you very much.

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