One thing is for certain: someone definitely punched a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field after the Packers took care of the Giants in the final game of Wild Card weekend. The only question remaining: who did it?
All fingers seem to be pointing in the direction of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was visibly frustrated during the game. He was held to just four receptions for 28-yards and his season ended with a 38-13 playoff loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, Beckham was seen banging his head against the wall after the game and witnesses claim that he also punched a hole in it.
Odell Beckham was banging head against locker room door, per Sal Pal. Also believed to have punched this hole in pic.twitter.com/dOpRJyremD
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) January 9, 2017
Neil Best of Newsday reported that members of the Lambeau Field grounds crew also told him they saw Beckham cause the damage.
The NFL has launched a full investigation into the hole, according to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN:
A security employee told Paolantonio that the security team took pictures, spoke with members of the grounds crew, and took their phone numbers for follow-up interviews.
A Giants spokesman said the team is aware of the incident but isn’t commenting.
Quarterback Eli Manning didn’t comment specifically on the damaged wall, but did take the time to remind everyone that Beckham is an emotional, passionate player.
“Odell is an emotional guy. He was disappointed,” Manning said after the loss. “I saw him with his head down and disappointed. There are a lot of guys that will shed a tear or two. When you lose a playoff game — and for a lot of guys it’s their first time in the playoffs — to kind of have the season abruptly end like that is a shock. Everyone handles it differently.”