Staff and management of the New York Giants, particularly head coach Pat Shurmur, were reportedly “livid” at some of the things said by Odell Beckham Jr. in an interview on ESPN conducted by Josina Anderson. Beckham, who was accompanied by rapper ‘Lil Wayne, gave more than a few eyebrow-raising answers.
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Beckham lamented the situation the Giants are in. Saying that he isn’t given the same opportunities, in his view, like other receivers around the league.
Another answer that was sure to rub some people the wrong way – particularly Giants fans and management – was his response to being happy in New York. The 25-year-old receiver paused before giving an answer, then started his response by qualifying it by stating how much he likes spending time in L.A. “This is where I’m at, this is where I’m gonna be at …” was ultimately Beckham’s final answer. For the Giants, that’s not exactly what you’d want to hear from a player who is fresh off signing a five-year, $95 million contract extension.
When Anderson pressed the Giants wideout on what’s to blame for the Giants general offensive ineptitude this season, Beckham replied, “It’s everything at the moment.” The Giants “lack heart,” according to Beckham.
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Asked about Eli Manning, the fifth-year pro sort of stumbled on his words while forming an answer. By the end, he noted how he wants to show how he can beat people deep, inferring that Manning’s deep ball leaves a lot to be desired. He added, “I don’t want to be held back anymore.”
As for the Giants, Pat Shurmur suggested that Odell Beckham Jr. will be punished in some form or another. The head coach reportedly spoke with his wide receiver about the interview. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Beckham addressed the team Saturday night and apologized for things he said in the interview.