PITTSBURGH – Odell Beckham Jr. blasted Terry McAulay’s officiating crew after the Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, accusing one referee of telling Beckham to “get out (of) my face” on the field and lobbying for the NFL to never put McAulay’s crew on a Giants game again given their shared history with Beckham’s blow-ups against Josh Norman.
Beckham was flagged for offensive pass interference on the Giants’ second drive down the left sideline even though Steelers defensive back Ross Cockrell had initiated contact on a play that everyone in the building assumed would produce a flag on the defense.
Beckham said he couldn’t believe the ensuing exchange.
“I went up and asked him what was going on, what was the flag, and he said, ‘Get out my face,'” Beckham said in the locker room after. “The refs aren’t the reason we lost the game. The Giants are the reason we lost the game … (But)you can’t sit there and worry about what they’re gonna call and not call. Obviously they’re not gonna call much.”
Beckham then went a step further.
“I don’t really think we should have this crew anymore when the Giants are playing with the past history and everything that’s going on,” Beckham said, explaining, “You should look it up or something like that. I’m pretty sure this is the same crew from the Panthers game, the Redskins game, so just put two-and-two together. It shouldn’t be that hard for you.”
Indeed, Sunday’s entire eight-man officiating crew – minus McAulay, the referee – worked the Giants’ Week 3 home loss to Washington and Norman. And four of Sunday’s officials, including McAulay, were running the show in Week 15 of last season when Beckham earned the darkest side of his reputation and a one-game suspension, flipping out against Norman who was then playing DB for the Panthers.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News