The NFL has found no evidence to substantiate allegations that Carolina Panthers players directed homophobic slurs at New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. before last Sunday's game between the two teams, according to a person familiar with the league's deliberations on the incident.
Barring new information surfacing to corroborate the accusations, the league will not discipline any Panthers players based on those allegations of slurs.
Several media outlets reported this week that there were allegations of homophobic slurs being directed at Beckham. Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, now an analyst for the league-owned NFL Network, told SiriusXM satellite radio that Beckham was subjected to insults about his sexuality.
"Then you start talking about his hairstyle," Sanders said, according to an account by the website ProFootballTalk of the radio interview. "Then you start talking about his sexuality. So now when you're talking about things like that of that nature, it goes way off the field into something because now this is personal."
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin told the New York Daily News that Beckham told him he was subjected to slurs and has been "dealing with it every week."
Irvin told the newspaper: "He deals with it a lot. For some reason, everybody goes after him with gay slurs. He's a different kind of dude. He has the hairdo out, he's not the big muscular kind of dude. The ladies all love him. He's a star. I wonder why people are going in that direction. It blows my mind. I told him he can't let stuff that people say get to you."
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