ESPN reported earlier this week a Giants player overheard Panthers players directing anti-gay slurs at Beckham Jr. before their Week 15 game, a 38–35 Panthers win. Multiple former players spoke out in support of the claim. Carolina players were also seen carrying a baseball bat onto the field during warmups.
Beckham was involved in numerous incidents during the game, and later suspended one week for launching himself at Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. Beckham appealed the suspension, which was upheld Wednesday.
The head of the NFL referees association criticized how the Panthers vs. Giants game was officiated, saying the referees were not judicious enough in trying to keep the game under control.