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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has been more disruptive than his stats would indicate.
The Pro Bowl defensive back, who has one pick this season, has continued to be the agitator. He again feuded with an opposing player — this time Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant — during and after Thursday’s contest.
It was the latest instance that showed Norman has hardly been deterred by the $26,000 fine for his most notable feud against New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last December. Norman has already picked up more than $80,000 in fines so far this season.
Here’s a rundown of Norman’s first season with the Redskins:
Norman was released by the Carolina Panthers in the offseason. After the Redskins signed him to a five-season, $75 million deal, the first thing many did was find Norman’s first matchup against the Giants and Beckham.
The hype was quelled some when Norman wasn’t paired up with Beckham early in the contest. Norman did cover Beckham more as the game progressed, and Beckham caught seven passes for 121 yards.
That didn’t mean Norman was ineffective as he clearly got under Beckham’s skin. Beckham threw a tantrum on the sideline, took his helmet to the kicking net that collapsed into him and was inconsolable after the Redskins’ 29-27 victory.
Norman didn’t rub in the win in his chat with reporters after the game, although he was later fined $48,620 by the NFL for delivering a hit to the head of Giants receiver Sterling Shepard.
Norman has just one interception this season, and it cost him.
After the pick against the Cleveland Browns, Norman celebrated by shooting an imaginary bow and arrow. That resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. The NFL also fined him nearly $10,000.
“I mean it’s a barbaric sport,” Norman told Pro Football Talk. “So if you want to be a double standard, like, c’mon, man. Let’s be realistic here. You want to have things the way you want it, but then again, when it comes to us, we can’t have the things we want. It don’t even make any sense.”
Norman directed criticism at the league after the Redskins’ 27-27 tie against the Cincinnati Bengals in London.
“Who is 88?” Norman said, referencing official Brad Freeman’s number. “I just got to know. Who is official 88? He sucked. Just got to be honest with you. I’m going to be straightforward. He was terrible and I feel he like should be reprimanded. I feel like some of the plays that was going on out there … it was terrible.”
The outburst resulted in a $25,000 fine from the league.
Norman wasn’t done taking aim at the league.
He told The Associated Press that the NFL commissioner should only be allowed to serve a finite number of years.
“The game has been this way for 100 years,” Norman said. “Why are people in the (NFL) office trying to change it? What are you trying to make better? Why touch the game? … Change the staff. We changed the president; let’s change them, too,” he said. “There should be a number of years you can run it. There should be a term limit in the NFL.”
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