As the fallout from Odell Beckham, Jr.’s meltdown and successive suspension continues, the Carolina Panthers cornerbacks continue to look like bullies who provoked an emotional player into an outburst of rage. Now, it seems like they haven’t been alone in stepping over the line to get in Beckham’s head.
Multiple sources have reported that Panthers players taunted Beckham with homophobic slurs, but Michael Irvin, who has been mentoring the young stud, told the New York Daily News this has been an ongoing issue:
Irvin said Beckham told him the Panthers were trash-talking at him with gay slurs and before the game taunted him with a baseball bat.
Beckham informed The Playmaker he has been “dealing with it every week,” Irvin told the Daily News.
“He deals with it a lot. For some reason, everybody goes after him with gay slurs. He’s a different kind of dude. He has the hairdo out, he’s not the big muscular kind of dude. The ladies all love him. He’s a star. I wonder why people are going in that direction. It blows my mind. I told him he can’t let stuff that people say get to you,” Irvin said.
Irvin went on to speculate that perhaps the reason Beckham’s been targeted like this is how famous and successful he’s been so quickly, and without team success. Maybe the league resents that and feels he hasn’t earned his flashy demeanor. Either way, there’s absolutely no excuse for that sort of behavior.