EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Back from his one-game suspension, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Wednesday that he has learned from the experience but won't change the way he plays the game.
"I don't think anything's going to change except learning from this experience," Beckham said after Giants practice Wednesday. "I don't think I'm going to play with any less intensity. I don't think I'm going to play with any less emotion."
Beckham incurred three personal foul penalties for aggressive and violent on-field actions in the Giants' Week 15 loss to Carolina and was suspended for this past week's game as a result. He lost control on multiple occasions, lashing out at Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and other Carolina defenders. In the time since that game, it was revealed that a Panthers player carrying a baseball bat (part of Carolina's normal pregame ritual) interacted with Beckham before the game, and it was clear during the game that Norman and other Panthers players were trying to rattle Beckham with their physical play.
Of course, it all worked, as Beckham's responses went far enough over the line to earn him a suspension. He chose not to rehash too much Wednesday.
Asked if he'd spoken with Norman since the game, Beckham said, "Ah, no."
Asked about the baseball bat, Beckham said, "Pretty irrelevant now. The suspension's over, we move forward."
Asked about what was said to him on the field by the opposition, Beckham said, "Words are words."
Asked if he'd seen video of his on-field actions against Carolina, he said he had but would only add, "I take responsibility for my actions, I learn from it, and it's all good."
Beckham said it bothered him not to be in Minnesota with the team Sunday and that he felt bad his actions had hurt the team and set a bad example for young fans.
"It's just unfortunate," Beckham said. "You never want to do that on the field. To be caught up in such a moment, you don't want to put the team in that situation and you don't want to show that to kids. I wasn't controlling myself and I ended up hurting my team. It's poor sportsmanship and not something you want to put on film. Everything is under your control and ultimately it's up to you. You can't do that type of stuff."