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St. Louis Rams’ T.J. McDonald: Odell Beckham Jr. “is the Only Player They’ve Got, Period”

December 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Following a 37-27 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon — a game that featured an all-out brawl resulting in three ejections — emotions and tempers were still hot inside the St. Louis Rams locker-room. And while a handful of players tried to dismiss the events of the game, others, like Rams safety T.J. McDonald, were not interested in allowing cooler heads to prevail.

"He was just doing a little extra. … so I put a little extra stuff on him to let him know I'm here," McDonald said of Odell Beckham Jr. "I mean, I know he's a good player and everything, but he's the only player they've got. Period."

McDonald went on to add that he felt disrespected when Beckham Jr. spun the ball in the endzone after his touchdown — something he's done after nearly every score this season — and, as a result, the Rams defense wanted to make sure he "felt them" the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, defensive end William Hayes, who was the sole Ram ejected from the game, admitted he threw a punch, but claimed it was in self-defense.

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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Honors Slain NYPD Officers, Calls for End to Violence

December 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants had just defeated the St. Louis Rams by a score of 37-27, but head coach Tom Coughlin took the first few moments of his postgame press conference to discuss a real-world issue: the ongoing tension between society and our police officers, specifically the two NYPD officers — Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu — who were gunned down in a "revenge killing" on Saturday.

“The first thing I want to say is we wore this because the New York Giants wanted to honor and mourn the assassination of the two New York City policemen that took place last night in our city,” Coughlin said. “We also wanted to wear this pin representing peace. Let’s hope that the voice of reason can prevail. Violence never solved anything. I realize there are issues, but solve them with nonviolent means.”

In addition to his postgame comments, Coughlin also wore a black patch on his left shoulder and a "peace" sign medallion under the "NY" on his gameday shirt to not only honor Ramos and Liu, but to help send a message of peace.

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New York Giants’ Preston Parker, Damontre Moore Won’t Apologize for Defending Odell Beckham Jr.

December 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Tempers didn't just flare, but boiled over in the second quarter on Sunday afternoon as St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree hit New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. late and out of bounds. What follows was the largest brawl in the NFL this season, ending with three ejections.

Among the players ejected was Giants' second-year defensive end Damontre Moore, who said after the game he would not apologize for the coming to the aid of his teammate.

"I should have been smarter mentally and controlled my emotions, but the way I was thinking was that was a brother, he was in danger. I was going to go out there and help my brother," Moore said via Newsday. "No, no. … As far as protecting my family, no, I'm not sorry for it."

Wide receiver Preston Parker, who was also ejected for throwing punches, shared similar sentiments to Moore, saying if he had the opportunity to change what he did in that moment, he'd have done it all exactly the same.

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New York Giants’ Jameel McClain, Antrel Rolle Rip St. Louis Rams for Being “Dirty”

December 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Following a 37-27 beating of the St. Louis Rams — a game that included a massive brawl and three ejections — several New York Giants players immediately addressed what had happened on the field Sunday afternoon, and to say they were displeased and bluntly spoken would be a bit of an understatement.

"That dirty sh-t don't make you tough," linebacker Jameel McClain said as he walked off the field. "God damn that is a dirty ass team — they suck as an organization."

After he had a moment to calm down in the locker-room, McClain was again asked about the fight and his opinion of the St. Louis Rams organization. He essentially said the same thing, but in a much more PC way.

"I'm just not interested," McClain said via ESPN. "I had a lot of respect for the things their defense did. I'm just not interested in chippiness and dirty play. It's not what this game is about, and it has no room in the league."

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Late Hits on Odell Beckham Jr. Sparks Brawl Between New York Giants, St. Louis Rams: Video

December 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Leading up to their Week 16 game against the St. Louis Rams, the New York Giants knew they had to be prepared for an aggressive, agonizing approach from their opponents. After all, they are a Jeff Fisher coached team, led on defense by the well-known Gregg Williams, who was suspended for a full league year in 2012 because of his involvement with the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

But midway through the second quarter — after the second late hit against Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — things got completely out of hand. The two teams erupted in an all-out brawl that resulted in the ejections of three players.

Even prior to the brawl, the game had been chippy. It started early with a few clear targets of Beckham Jr. and an unexpected penalty on kicker Josh Brown, who jumped on a pile late and then appeared to kick a Rams player in the face — although there's no way to tell whether that was deliberate or not.

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