New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. is surrounded by Carolina Panthers defenders when he makes a 40 yard reception in the 4th quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on December 20, 2015. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35 and remain undefeated at 14-0. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin defended Odell Beckham Jr. on Wednesday as the star wide receiver arrived at NFL headquarters for his suspension appeal hearing
Beckham was suspended one game by the NFL on Monday for multiple on-field confrontations against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman last Sunday.
Beckham was called for three personal foul penalties, including an intentional helmet-to-helmet shot at Norman in the Panthers' 38-35 win.
Coughlin took issue with the criticism targeted at Beckham.
"It's not fair. It's just not," Coughlin told reporters at the team's practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J. "If you are naive enough to think that way, you better do some soul searching.
"Beckham was wrong and we said that was wrong from Day 1, but there were factors involved, starting in pre-game. ... There were attempts to provoke him and he was provoked."
Coughlin said the Giants had discussions with the league with the role some of the Panthers played, including bringing a bat onto the field before the game.
Beckahm appeared in front of former NFL receiver James Thrash, the appeals officer on the case. Thrash's position is paid equally by the NFL and players association.
Norman reportedly has been fined a combined $26,044 for his confrontations with Beckham. Norman was fined $8,681 for a face-mask incident and $17,363 for striking Beckham in the head and neck area, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports.