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Panthers' Marcus Ball: 'They can say what they want to say'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers practice squad player Marcus Ball avoided addressing accusations Wednesday that he threatened to end the career of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday.

"Man, it's crazy," Ball said. "Y'all don't even know me. Y'all don't know my name. Talking about these kids, man. Those kids up there, wherever they're at, saying what they want to say.

"They can say what they want to say. It's all good with me. We've got Atlanta on Sunday."

Ball later told the NFL Network, "If I had a dollar for all ex-girlfriends that had false allegations about me."

Giants punter Brad Wing said he was standing near Beckham near the 50-yard line when Ball approached carrying a baseball bat.

The bat was a symbol the Panthers have been using for several weeks to say they would "keep bringing the wood."

Wing said Beckham went to shake Ball's hand and Ball didn't acknowledge it.

"Odell said to him, 'Why are you not playing?'" Wing said. "The guy said, 'I'll be the reason you don't play today or ever again.'" Wing said officials broke it up and Ball went back to his own side. Wing said he saw Ball go directly to speak to Carolina cornerback Josh Norman.

Wing said Ball was holding the bat at his side and never raised it or threatened with it. Wing also said he didn't hear any anti-gay slurs.

But Wing added that it was strange Ball crossed the 50-yard line, usually treated as a sacred boundary in warmups.

Beckham was called for three personal foul penalties, including one helmet-to-helmet shot to Norman, during the game. He was suspended for one game on Monday but appealed. The appeal was upheld on Wednesday.

Beckham reportedly felt threatened by the bat in explaining why he lost control in his matchup with Norman, who had two personal fouls against him.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin defended Beckham on Wednesday.

"He was out of control. He was wrong. There's no doubt about that," Coughlin said. "You'd like that it didn't happen. But the fact of the matter is, the situation in the pregame with the baseball bat, and if you know what occurred at the very beginning of the game, you can understand that there were two sides to this and not just one."

Carolina coach Ron Rivera, when told about Wing's comments regarding Ball, said, "That's one guy."

"That's it," Rivera added. "I'm not going to go back to it. It's just a guy that made a statement and we've moved on from that.

"We've sat down. We've talked about things as we've needed to, as a coach and players and general manager and all those things. We are where we are right now. Until we hear something different from the league, we're going to move forward."

Rivera said on Monday he talked to Ball about the incident and was satisfied his player did nothing wrong. He said until there was evidence proving that wasn't the case, there was nothing he could do. He referred to the whole matter as a "soap opera" and an attempt at "spin control" on Beckham's behalf.

Rivera admitted he apologized to Coughlin after the game, a moment captured by NFL Films.

"Because I felt the game got out of hand,'' Rivera said. "All the way across the board. As a head coach, I feel responsible for our players. And I didn't like the tone of the game, whether it was set by us or set by them, reacted by us or reacted by them."