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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Brad Wing: Bat-wielding Panther made ‘legitimate threat’ toward Odell Beckham


A new side of the Odell Beckham #BatGate story has emerged: the eyewitness account of Giants punter Brad Wing, who apparently was the closest player to the alleged incident.

Wing said that a Panthers player not in uniform carrying the baseball bat – likely practice squad player Marcus Ball – made a “legitimate threat” toward Beckham. Here is Wing’s story, as presented by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News and Bob Glauber of New York’s Newsday.

Wing would know: video from the pregame does show that he and Beckham were basically right next to each other, with Wing eventually moving Beckham away from the confrontation.

The Panthers clearly got inside Beckham’s head, and even if there was no intent from Ball to follow through on his threats, there’s no place for it on the field in any context.

Ball, for his part, gave a strong denial when these comments were brought to his attention.

This saga doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The Panthers have previously denied that any threats were made toward Beckham, but there was definitely some sort of incident between Ball and Beckham before the game, and the Giants star spent the entire day playing recklessly, earning himself a suspension. With neither team backing down from their respective stories, this could go unresolved for quite a while.

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