On the very same day Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took an unprovoked shot at the New York Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was back at it again, putting general manager Dave Gettleman and his former team back in his sights for the umpteenth time this year.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, Beckham claimed that the decision to trade him from New York to Cleveland had nothing to do with business and everything to do with a personal vendetta meant to destroy him.
“This wasn’t no business move,” Beckham said. “This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die.”
That’s an odd way of looking at it when the Browns are considered Super Bowl contenders, have a talented young rookie quarterback and employ his best friend, but I digress…
Beckham insists these aren’t personally-motivated shots at the Giants, but rather, just him calling it as he sees it because New York operates with an ancient mindset.
“[They’re] stuck in an older mindset,” Beckham said. “Just speaking facts.”
Beckham also felt it crucial to mention that he and quarterback Eli Manning are not friends, have never been friends and will never be friends away from the game.
On the topic of his old quarterback, Beckham has nothing bad to say. He and Eli Manning were “cool” but not friends, teammates who didn’t “hang out outside” of football.
Not to leave anyone behind in his desire to be victimized by all, Beckham also blamed the New York media for the perception of him, suggesting that while he did make some mistakes along the way, the Big Apple beat had it in for him from the onset and stopped at nothing to bring him down.
Beckham also feels the Giants embraced the negative coverage of him in an attempt to control him.
“They built something that they now wanted to control,” he says, “and there is no need to try to control it.”
Beckham had found himself in hot water multiple times for appearing in photos and videos that drew questions about illegal substances, he was suspended for violent late hits against then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, punched a hole in the Lambeau Field wall, cried on the sidelines, proposed to a kicking net in the middle of the game, refused to return after halftime several times while “undergoing IVs” and repeatedly took aim at his quarterback in the media.
Somehow, despite all of that and what we didn’t even bother mentioning, Beckham was the victim and remains the victim.
For a man who claims to be so “happy” and “free” in Cleveland, both Beckham and his teammates seem awfully hung up — even obsessed — with the New York Football Giants.
At some point, like most toddlers, Beckham and his teammates will cry themselves out. In the mean time, the adults just have to grin and bear it knowing full well that everything in Cleveland is likely to implode sooner rather than later.