The issue of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham’s behavior made it all the way to the Vatican this week, which is a pretty good sign that it has become an issue that the team would be better off not having on their plate as they try to end a two-game losing streak against the Packers this weekend.
On Thursday, Beckham said that it would stop.
“I think it’s gotten to a point where I just want to compete,” Beckham said, via ESPN.com. “None of the extra stuff. I just want to compete. That never seems to be the case. You just keep smiling. It’ll be straight. It’ll all work itself out. We’ll start winning some games and help pick up this offense. The thing that kills me is that I remember when I was a kid. I remember when I looked up to someone and watched them, emulated them. What I’m doing is not something I would want a 6-year-old boy to be out there and learn from. Honestly, as funny as it sounds, that’s really all I care about.”
Beckham’s ability to stick with his vow to eliminate the “extra stuff” may be tested by opposing players who have seen Beckham lose his cool thanks to extracurricular activities. While Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan slammed players who might go that route, Beckham said he would do the same thing himself so he should be well on guard for any provocations that could set off another outburst.