EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Controversial New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s two-touchdown performance Sunday was stained by a graphic attempt to mimic a urinating male dog following his first score of the 2017 season.
He revealed through his social media account that the action was in response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that NFL team owners fire any "son of a bitch" who takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem.
Beckham, who drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions, said after the game he was looking to give his struggling team a spark.
"When I get in the end zone, I'm going to do what I do. I'm going to try to spark this team," he said. "The consequences are going to be what they are. It's like life, you have to deal with the consequences. And that's something I can take. We were motivated from that. I don't think it set us back any. I just don't think we finished."
He then added, "I don't care if you kick it from the 5-yard line on our side. We need to make a play."
Head coach Ben McAdoo, who is trying to figure out how to right a sinking ship, was quick to downplay Beckham's judgement.
"We should be talking about the way he played," McAdoo said Monday via conference call. "He made some great plays in the ball game yesterday, some tremendous plays, game-changing plays. I'd rather be talking about that then the celebration penalty."
When pressed further about Beckham's action and that it cost the Giants 15 penalty yards, the head coach said, "I mean it's simple: I don't want to kick off from the 20-yard line. It doesn't help our team. It makes it tough on the players who are covering kicks and it makes an impact on field position."
Beckham's penalty was the 19th called against him in his career and his second this season. Since entering the NFL in 2014, eight of his penalties have been of the undisciplined category, including taunting, unnecessary roughness, and unsportsmanlike conduct.
He was suspended one game in 2015 for drawing multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game against cornerback Josh Norman, then of the Panthers.
Last year, he was fined $127,157 for various rule violations that included verbal offense against an official, two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and one excessive celebration infraction.
In the wake of President Donald J. Trump's comments regarding NFL athletes who take a knee during the National Anthem, three prominent Giants players -- defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and safety Landon Collins -- all took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before their game Sunday against the Eagles while the rest of their teammates, coaches and staff locked arms in solidarity.
Trump's words seemed to particularly hit Vernon hard. His father is a retired police officer who emigrated from Jamaica and whose mother emigrated from Switzerland.
"I had a lot of patience from last year with what was going on. I respect this nation, this country. I'm a first-generation American," Vernon said. "All these remarks just built up. (Saturday night), just hearing that just struck a chord."
Vernon didn't stop there.
"What does it say as far at the First Amendment when you can show you feel non-violently when you have a platform to do it? No matter how much money you make, why not do it? Why not stand down with your brothers and represent something that's bigger than the game of football?
"Something that we have in our nation that's been going on a long time and I just felt it was a necessary thing to do. What's fair is fair. If you can protest something that's non-violent and make a stand for something what's wrong with that?"
Vernon, who generally chooses his words carefully, continued. "I've been raised the right way. I know what's right and I know what's wrong. Ain't nobody ever going to scare me. I don't care if you the president or not -- you ain't my president."
Collins, who despite not being voted a team captain has morphed into a leader, said that his decision to kneel had nothing to do with disrespect of the country itself.
"We love our country to death," he said. "We'd die for it, too if we could. At the same time, we respect each other, we have a family over here and we're going to fight for each other."
After the game, the Giants organization issued the following team statement: "We think the national anthem is an important way to honor this great country and the men and women who protect all of us. We are thankful and respect that we live in a country where an individual has the right to make the choice in how they recognize the anthem.
"Coach McAdoo has been proactive in conveying to our players the significance of the national anthem. As an organization, we will continue to provide our players with opportunities to make a difference in our society and in our communities. Many of our players have accepted the responsibility to use their platform to make this country and our world a better place.
"There are many issues and problems that trouble all of us, and we know many of our players feel strongly about being on the forefront of positive change and progress and being a force for unity. As an organization and a team, we practice empathy and not judgement."