PITTSBURGH -- Odell Beckham Jr. has had it with the officiating crew that he believes mishandled the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Steelers on Sunday -- the same crew he dealt with in his last two games against his nemesis, Josh Norman. He implied their rocky history has tilted the playing field against him.
And he believes they should be banned from officiating any Giants games again.
"It's not like I'm sitting here saying the refs are the reason we lost the game, but there's plenty of (bad) calls in the game and anybody can go watch the film. Anybody," Beckham said. "Anybody can go watch the film and see exactly what was going on. I don't know. I don't really think that we should have this crew any more when the Giants are playing with the past history and everything that's gone on."
Asked specifically what his problem was with this crew, Beckham pointed out that they officiated the game last December against Carolina (and Norman) when he drew three personal fouls and, eventually, a suspension, as well as the Giants' Week 3 game against Washington (and Norman) when he felt he was unfairly warned by the officials prior to the game.
"Just put two and two together," he said. "It wouldn't be that hard for you."
These were mostly the same crews from those games. Referee Terry McAulay, who was the referee on Sunday, led a mostly similar crew in the Carolina game. And the crew on Sunday was identical to the crew from the Week 3 game in Washington, except that John Hussey had stepped in for McAulay as the referee.
Beckham does have a case. There were plenty of controversial calls beginning with a pass interference called on Beckham in the first quarter when he was called for a push-off on Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell. Beckham said he saw the flag and "absolutely" thought it was going the other way.
"It was a horrible call in my opinion," Beckham said. "I don't understand how I'm running down the field on a go route and someone tries to stop my progress, but I can't put my hands on them. But like I said, you can't sit there and rely on anybody. You've got to go out and get it and just try to stay composed. It's hard to stay composed when you know that there's a lot of nonsense going on."
Beckham said he asked one of the officials for an explanation and was told "Get out of my face" -- which obviously only made him angrier the rest of the night.
"I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. I'm trying to just play football the way I love playing football. And it's hard. It almost feels like a disrespect thing," Beckham said. "I'm trying to figure out what I did wrong so I don't do it again, and you're going to sit here and tell me 'Get out of my face'? I don't really understand that. That's not really how I was raised or anything like that."
There were other questionable calls, too. The refs could have called pass interference on Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier when he broke up a fourth-down pass to Giants tight end Will Tye at the goal line, but they didn't. Later, they actually threw the flag when Steelers safety Mike Mitchell hammered Tye as he pulled up after a pass sailed over his head.
Before that, even Eli Manning was screaming at officials on a third-down incompletion when it appeared Mitchell had interfered with Beckham.
The officials called 12 penalties against the Steelers for 115 yards, and just four penalties for 24 yards against the Giants. So obviously the Giants had bigger issues than just the refs.
"You've got to know we're coming in here and it's us against the world, in a sense," Beckham said. "You can't sit there and rely on refs, obviously. Obviously that's not the case. You can't sit there and rely on them, if anybody watched the game today."