SAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to Odell Beckham Jr., Panthers cornerback Josh Norman is not ready to forgive and forget.
Norman and Beckham nearly came to blows during a Dec. 20 game between the Panthers and Giants at MetLife Stadium, and Beckham was suspended a game for intentionally striking Norman with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 38-35 win.
Former NFL cornerback-turned-NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders tried to broker a truce during the “Opening Night” media event on Monday, but Norman didn’t want any part of it.StoryBeckham, Norman scrap early and often
“Next comment. Next question,” Norman said when asked if he has any plans to talk it out with Beckham. “I don’t want to talk about that guy right now.”
Sanders tried his best to intercede and have the two work out their differences, but Norman wasn’t interested.
“I really didn’t agree with what you had going on with Odell and that whole situation,” Norman said of Sanders. “At the same time, I feel like you had taken his back on some stuff. You said something like if he was your son, you would have taken props or something to go out and do your thing . . . That’s what you’re going to say, pat him on the back and good job?”
Norman said he asked Panthers coach Ron Rivera to take him out of the game before the situation escalated even further with Beckham.
“I told Coach to take me out of the game, man, because I couldn’t be in there with that,” he said.
Later in Norman’s media briefing, despite his repeated comments about Beckham in the days leading up to their December game, he said he doesn’t consider himself a trash-talker. He did say he tries to do whatever he can to get under an opposing receiver’s skin.
“They can get it however they want it,” he said. “Any kind of game they want, we can go there. Everything is legal within the confines of the rules. It’s mental warfare out there, brother. We’re not there picking daisies. However they want it, they can get it.
“I promise you, if you talk to me, I’m going to get you out your game,” he said. “And that is not by reason or mistake and I’m not going to do anything to disrupt the game itself, but I’m going to disrupt you.”