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Twitter fight: Panthers’ Josh Norman, Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. back at it

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman looks toward an official for a call after a play against New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during a game in December.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman looks toward an official for a call after a play against New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during a game in December. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. sparred on the field in December, and on Good Friday they’re sparring online.

The Panthers cornerback sent a missive to the New York Giants receiver via Twitter at what Norman perceived (and what was in all likelihood) a slight to Norman.

Friday’s Twitter exchange continues what got started in Carolina’s 38-35 win against the Giants on Dec. 20 when the two combined for five personal foul calls and Beckham was ultimately suspended for the next game for his actions.

Beckham fired the first shot in what we know as a subtweet. That’s when a person tweets about someone without actually mentioning them.

Norman has been on just about every national sports network and talked to every national outlet in the past month or two. He’s talking about the franchise tag, discussing broad NFL topics or dressing as Batman and reciting lines from the movies.

In effect, Beckham is saying that his antics caused Norman’s profile to rise, though I recall the matchup between the two being the most talked-about topic in the NFL in the week leading up to the game.

There’s no doubt Norman became more a national name after the Giants game, but Beckham was far from a kingmaker.

Norman caught wind of the tweet and responded by quoting the rapper Drake.

If you thought this feud was going away, it’s not. Beckham has subtweeting Norman before, like when Norman allowed a touchdown in the playoff win against the Seahawks and OBJ took to Twitter.

There’s also no telling what would have happened had Beckham and Norman played with or against each other in the Pro Bowl, so it’s a good thing Norman was occupied with Super Bowl 50.

I supposed we’ll keep doing this dance for a while. The Panthers and Giants aren’t scheduled to meet in the 2016 regular season.

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