It’s hard to go a week in the NFL anymore without getting Odell Beckham Jr. comments. This week is no different. Beckham Jr. had a lackluster game this past Monday. He finished the evening with just three catches for a meager 23 yards as the Giants fell to 1-3 with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. After the game in an interview with ESPN’s Anita Marks, Odell expressed his discontent.
“Football is my sanctuary. It’s where I go to escape. It’s where I’m most happy. I’m not having fun anymore.”
When pressed, Beckham Jr. commented on his feelings concerning the referees, the media, and even his teammates. He felt that the media still holds contempt at last season’s raucous match up between him and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman while Norman was still with the Carolina Panthers. He feels the media has “tarnished” his image.
ESPN wasn’t the only outlet that Odell Beckham Jr. commented to. In an interview with the New York Post following the game with the Vikings, he heaped blame on the officials.
“I just have to know the scenario, that refs are looking to call anything [on me] and they’re not looking to call anything the other way. That’s just the position I’m in.”
These comments were made because Beckman Jr. was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after bumping line judge Tony Symonette after making his second catch while in the process of jawing with the Viking’s defense.
“I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag.”
He finished off his trifecta of blame expressing that the Giants are not paying attention to what he has to say when asked about him being more involved in the offense during the ESPN interview.
“What I’m communicating, we’re not doing. I’m not getting the opportunities to contribute, and that’s frustrating to me.”
The accusations and blame seem to be taking its toll on the organization, his teammates, and sports outlets across the nation. After Monday’s game, ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan stated that the problem receiver had a long talk with Giants’ General Manager Jerry Reese. It is not known what was said.
Or course, the player that seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place in all of this is Eli Manning. It is his job to get the ball to the receivers, and he seems to think that Odell Beckham Jr. is letting the off-field controversies affect his on-field play and behavior.
“People are looking for him. He’s got to play smart, and he can’t afford to do anything there. They’re going to call him. He’s brought that on himself, and he’s got to realize that.”
Where Odell can expect his harshest criticism is in the media. Michael Wilbon on Tuesday’s Pardon the Interruption pulled no punches when it came to describing the Giants’ wide receiver. Wilbon at the 3:30 mark began his description of Beckham as a “delusional egomaniac.” He added he behaved like a “clown and idiot,” and he finished it off by saying he was getting flagged because he behaved as “stupidly” as he could.
In light of the recent Odell Beckham Jr. comments, do you agree with the assessment of Wilbon and Manning? Has the troubled receiver brought all of these hardships on himself, or do you think he is not getting a fair shake? In a season that sees the G-Men already at the bottom of the division, could we be seeing the beginning of the end to Beckham in New York?
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