UPDATE 2: Giants star Odell Beckham Jr., officially suspended for Sunday’s important match-up against the Vikings, has released an official statement regarding the latest developments of his suspension, and his actions on Sunday. Read it in full below.

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I owe some people an apology. I wasn’t raised to act like I did the other day. I am not here to make excuses for my conduct. This isn’t about anything that was said or done to me. This is about my behavior, and I am responsible for my behavior. People expect better from me, and I expect better from myself.

First of all, I apologize to the organization I represent, the Giants, and our ownership, John Mara and his family and Steve Tisch and his family. And Jerry Reese, who drafted me and gave me the opportunity to be a part of this organization.


I want to apologize to Giants fans. They want to be proud of us, and proud of players like me who represent their team. What happened the other day was embarrassing to them and embarrassing to me.

A lot of kids look up to me as a role model. That is a responsibility I accept and take seriously. Many of the parents of those kids have asked since Sunday what they should say to their children about my conduct. I don’t have the perfect answer, but I think one thing they can say is how I handled myself the other day is an example of how not to conduct yourself. I displayed poor sportsmanship.  And those parents can also say that when you act like that, there are consequences. And I hope to be an example of somebody who did something wrong and learned from it.

I owe Coach Coughlin, our coaches and my teammates an apology. They have had to answer for my actions, and that’s not fair to them. How I conduct myself is my responsibility. I let my coaches and teammates down.

I am blessed and privileged to play the game I love, and I will do all I can to carry myself in a way that honors the game, the NFL, my team, my coaches, all my fans and my family moving forward.


UPDATE: ESPN’s Ron Jaworski wrongly tweeted about Beckham Jr.’s suspension, and as it happens, Beckham Jr.’s suspension was upheld in New York City today. He will be out against the Vikings on Sunday night.

ORIGINAL STORY: Odell Beckham Jr. will NOT be suspended for the Giants’ Sunday night game in Minnesota against the Vikings.

On Sunday, during an incredibly entertaining NFL match-up between the New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers, a side-show took center stage, as the Giants Pro Bowl wide receiever Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman engaged in a vicious, game-long battle that included wrestling moves, post-play helmet-to-helmet hits, and thrown punches.

Beckham Jr., thought to be the protagonist in most of the incidents involving both players–he received three unnecessary roughness penalties throughout–wasn’t ejected from the game, but post-game speculation that he would be punished by the league materialized Monday, when it was announced that he would be suspended for 1 regular season game. Today, the case was heard in court, and per ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, Beckham’s suspension was overturned.

It’s a stroke of good luck that couldn’t come at a better time for the Giants, who don’t control their own playoff destiny. It’s likely they need to beat both the Vikings and the Eagles–two teams also fighting for their playoff lives–to be eligible when the season wraps up in two weeks.