Odell Beckham Jr. opens up about time with Giants: ‘I felt betrayed’

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Odell Beckham Jr. finally spoke out about his time with the Giants and what went wrong during his days with Big Blue.

“I felt betrayed in a sense that this coach had tried to turn me against my brothers and my people,” Beckham Jr. said in a candid interview on CBS’s “All Things Considered” podcast with Patrick McFadden and Patrick Peterson on Tuesday. “(The coach) was telling the young guys to stay away from me because I’m not a good person or not a good (team player) or not a good role model, this and that.”

The “coach” Beckham was referring to was probably Pat Shurmur, but he didn’t explicitly say so. He also reiterated that at the time, every coach or player that came out about the team’s problems elected to stay “anonymous” even though everyone in the locker room know who they were talking about.

Before the aftermath even began, notwithstanding, Beckham Jr. seeped as much Blue as any Giants fanatic.

“I never figured I would play for another group other than the Giants,” Beckham Jr. said. “I never needed to win a title for anyone more than the Giants. It just was quite an unbelievable spot, I was pleased to be a piece of that association.”

Beckham Jr. was exchanged to the Cleveland Browns on March 12, 2019 for two picks in the 2019 draft and Jabrill Peppers. The exchange occurred after over a time of Beckham realizing GM Dave Gettleman was shopping him to different groups. His disappointments with the Giants, in any case, begun with something more significant.

“I’m going to reveal to you where I ran into inconvenience. It was the point at which I felt like we had the pieces, we realize that Eli (Manning is) somewhat more established,” Beckham stated, “I’ve been here now, I’ve given both of you seasons, I’ve demonstrated you I can band, and I felt like they never put individuals around Eli. It pestered me since it never felt like they worked around him. Furthermore, we continued drafting, however we were simply, dislike, assembling an association or an establishment.

“We were simply never acceptable,” Beckham proceeded. “I ran into that issue when I felt that they weren’t developing and advancing as an association. I wasn’t winning. I detested losing that awful. I was having incredible seasons. I despised losing. I despised it… It just felt like I was reaching the stopping point and was pushing for something that wasn’t generally substantial and that is the place where everything went haywire for me.”

Beckham Jr. was one of the Giants’ most noteworthy hostile weapons, especially his initial three seasons, when he logged 91, 96 and 101 gets, and a ludicrous 35 score gets in his initial 43 NFL games.

But on the other hand he’s not without fault, as he settled on a few flawed choices during his experience with the Giants that caused lead to him being asked to take a hike. Most strikingly, he and different individuals from the Giants traveled to Miami six days before a season finisher game against the Packers in January 2017, went for a prominent boat ride and afterward got dispensed with by Green Bay. Beckham had a terrible game, with a few key drops.

He also angered the Giants and fans alike early the following season when after scoring a touchdown he dropped to all fours and pretended to pee like a dog.

Before both of those incidents, Beckham once took his frustrations out on a sideline kicking net. He then tried to amend for that by offering a marriage proposal to another net during a different game.

He was traded during a pivotal point for the organization going nowhere fast under Shurmur, who was fired after the 2019 season.

Beckham seemed to be in better pastures after reuniting with college teammate Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, and with a younger quarterback in Baker Mayfield. That first season, however, was tough for the Browns and many thought he wasn’t happy being in Cleveland. He cleared up those rumors by tweeting: “I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz.” That was after the Browns had dug themselves into a 5-12 hole and Beckham Jr. had some issues with not getting targeted enough.

Beckham’s 2020 season, his second with the Browns, was cut short after tearing his ACL in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals. In November a report by NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport surfaced that the Browns were looking to move on from Beckham.


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