New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was slapped with a $12,154 fine for a touchdown celebration that saw him get down on his hands and knees and pretend to urinate like a dog, a move that left owner John Mara “very unhappy.”
“I’m a dog, so I acted like a dog,” an aloof Beckham told reporters after the game, appearing annoyed that he was asked about the faux-pee. “I don’t know if the rulebook said you can’t hike your leg. He said I peed on somebody, so I was trying to find the imaginary ghost that I peed on. But I didn’t see him.”
The stunt caused Beckham’s team to suffer a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct during Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Mara met with Beckham on Wednesday to address the incident, and afterwards, the star wide receiver was a little more contrite.
“More myself, I guess,” he said when asked if he embarrassed the NFL with his actions. “Only thing is just causing the penalty for the team. That’s really it. I don’t even know if they knew to call the flag or not because the look of confusion on their face was, ‘Do we throw the flag or not?’ And then, it was kind of just like, they threw the flag.”
“So, only regret is causing us 15 yards, having to cover a long kickoff,” Beckham concluded. “Thankfully, we didn’t have any setback from there. Covered the kickoff well.”
On Monday, Beckham suggested that his canine celebration was a cerebral dig at President Donald Trump and his “get that son of a bitch of the field right now” line in response to national anthem protesters in the NFL.
If u seen that , I have to tip my hat to u for thinkin outside the box. #URRIGHTONPOINT impressed
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) September 25, 2017
But during his post-game explanation, Beckham played dumb.
“Did it look like it [had meaning]?” he told a reporter mockingly. “Okay. Well, if it looked like it, then it might have been something.”