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Odell Beckham Jr. Loses Appeal Over Suspension, Says ‘I Dropped the Ball on Sportsmanship'

Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have to serve his one-game suspension. 

Hearing officer James Thrash on Wednesday upheld the suspension for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules after hearing an appeal by the New York Giants wide receiver earlier in the day.

Beckham will miss the game Sunday night at Minnesota. The second-year Pro Bowler is barred from team meetings; attending or watching practices; attending Sunday's game; or having contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. He will be reinstated next Monday.

The league suspended Beckham on Monday for his conduct last Sunday against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties, including one for a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

Norman was fined $26,044 for his role in the confrontations.

Beckham also had a run-in with a Panthers' player in the pre-game warmups.

The star wide receiver apologized in a statement Wednesday to "my teammates, the Giants organization and to all fans of hte NFL." 

"I work hard to be great and accepting the Blessing of having the physical skills to play at this level brings the responsibility to conduct myself in a certain way on and off the field," Beckham said. "Sportsmanship and respecting the game are as important as blocking, running routes and catching the football. I dropped the ball on sportsmanship Sunday." 

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