New York Giants Execs Made Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman Cry In 2012
Josh Norman’s crying is apparently not anything new. In pre-draft meetings with the New York Giants in 2012, Norman cried when his maturity was questioned.
Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman’s on-field showdown with Odell Beckham Jr. has extended into the off season and, most recently, in an interview with ESPN the Magazine.
Norman targeted not only OBJ in his rantings, but Sam Bradford and Roger Goodell among others. There are plenty of anecdotes in the interview, but Norman drops one gem that hints his problems with the Giants organization started way before last season.
During Norman’s pre-draft meetings in 2012, teams questioned some of his methods on the field. He was known as a gambler at Coastal Carolina University. Sometimes Norman played outside of the designated coverage which lead to a contentious relationship with the coaching staff. That led teams to question his maturity and, as ESPN Senior Writer Keith Van Valkenburg details, one interview still sticks out in Norman’s mind.
The memory of one meeting — with the Giants, interestingly enough — still infuriates him. They were “trying to get me to admit that I wouldn’t listen to coaching,” Norman says. “That I was a dirtbag. They kept asking me the same question, wanting me to admit to something I didn’t do. I ended up breaking down in the room.” Norman stormed out and called his agent in tears, he says. “I don’t ever want to go there,” Norman told him. “Ever. I’d rather play against them.”
[The Giants] kept asking me the same question, wanting me to admit to something I didn’t do.”
Judging by some of the comments, his maturity should probably still be questioned. The Carolina Panthers ended up selecting Norman in the fifth round and that selection paid off. Norman himself got paid $75 million in the off season by the Redskins to face off against the Giants twice every year. So, it looks like four years after that tear-filled meeting, Norman got his wish.