Giants owner: “I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior”

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The latest Odell Beckham Jr. distraction might not be a deal-breaker for the Giants, but it’s clearly not what they’d prefer from their star wideout who happens to want a new contract.

Giants co-owner John Mara told Tom Rock of Newsday he had grown weary of some of the sideshow aspects of his best player’s life.

I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior,” Mara said. “He knows what is expected of him and now it’s up to him.”

Beckham turned up in a video with a woman and a pizza and an unusually dark cigarette and a pile of a white powder,

When Mara was asked if that video was an example of knowing what the expectations were, he replied: “It wasn’t helpful.”

Beckham’s entering the final year of his rookie deal, and speculation has swirled about a possible extension for months. Mara didn’t want to go there, or whether he was worth the headaches that come with his brand of stardom.

“I’m not going to talk about his contract,” Mara said. “Contracts get done when they’re supposed to get done. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Mara hasn’t spoken with Beckham, but said coach Pat Shurmur had. Later in the day during a group interview, Mara said the Giants aren’t shoipping Beckham actively, but they just traded Jason Pierre-Paul, and he noted that “no one is untouchable.”

The Giants have said in the past they wanted Beckham to stay in New York his entire career, and it’s unclear if the latest episode is enough to change that. New General Manager Dave Gettleman said at the Scouting Combine Beckham had a “clean slate” with him, but it seems Gettleman’s boss has a longer memory.

87 responses to “Giants owner: “I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior”

  1. Well he had a good time for a while, he’ll always have that one handed catch he can look back on fondly

  2. Maybe if beckham would just play football instead of making everything about him and his baby crap, you wouldnt have to answer questions about beckham.

  3. Well Mr Mara, to be honest, Odell is increasingly tired of your uninspiring leadership of the Giants organization. Some of your dumb decisions, departures and appointments are the reason the team has the #2 position in the Draft.

  4. “I’m tired of answering questions about his behavior….that being said. He rolls a mighty fine doobie”

    I wanted to include the full quote for context.

  5. OBJ to Cleveland for #4 Chubb and Barkley. for the G Men and Darnold and OBJ for Cleveland.

  6. We get to deal with total clowns like OBJ and Zeke Elliot… while talented players with their heads screwed on straight like Kap and Eric Reid go unsigned. Stay classy NFL.

  7. #Shame…

    First round picks got screwed in the last negotiations. The Giants will use the 5th year option on Beckham and very possibly will use a franchise tag if not two…by the time Beckham gets to “free” agency…Jarvis Landry will be signing his 3rd contract and will undoubtedly have made more money than Beckham despite being the lesser player.

    Odell would’ve been better off being drafted in the 2nd round…by now he’d be franchise tagged and staring at either free agency or a 2nd tag next year…either way he’d be making a lot more. Being drafted in the first round is almost punishment for the really good players/stars of this league!!!

  8. I’m thinking the Giants will be waiting by their phone on draft day, ready to deal this guy. It’s in their best interest to try to build up his value between now and then, so don’t expect the Giants to be too critical. This guy has chosen to follow in the footsteps of Terrell Owens. He’s constantly making the news. Most of it is not good news. The last time the Giants were in a meaningful playoff game, he dropped the ball, literally and figuratively. Some teams put up with stuff when they think they have an elite player, but Beckham was terrible in their last playoff lost, and he’s often not even dressed out on game day. There are 31 other teams out there. It only takes one. Terrell Owens wore out his welcome in several cities, but there was usually one team that thought they could overcome the nonsense.

  9. “We get to deal with total clowns like OBJ and Zeke Elliot… while talented players with their heads screwed on straight like Kap and Eric Reid go unsigned. Stay
    classy NFL.”
    ______________

    Kap sucks and Reid is the least talented safety to be unsigned. Tre Boston and Vaccaro deserve more coverage for why they’re not signed than Reid does

  10. I love this…here is one of the owners who urged Goodell to
    ignore the findings and recommendations of an NFL
    investigator in the Elliot, case so he could screw Jerry Jones.
    Just because Jones out maneuvers the LA expansion
    committee led by Mara and Rooney. Nothing like
    having the head investigator who is a huge Giant
    fan run run the “ fair and honest “ investigation.
    Hold the other teams players to a level of conduct but
    let my players do what they want!
    Just because your are a second generation owner doesn’t
    mean you have special rights.

  11. Obj ISNT worth a 3rd! dude is an immature headache! A ME LOOK at ME wr! Giants need to get his asz out of town!
    Fans joke about the Cowboys? Funny every team has their headaches! Bennett in Philly as well. We as fans just want our star stud players to act professional while playing a kids game and becoming rich! To much to ask? Seems so.
    NFC EAST! None better in pro sports BAR NONE!

  12. Always said that one handed catch was the worst thing that could have happened to his career !

  13. Why do people keep bringing up Cleveland??if he can’t behave for a class organization like NYG (pains me to say that as an Eagles fan) why would Cleveland expect him to behave?

  14. Lets see how OBJ handles the new coach and GM , my bet is he is gone from NY after the year . The Giants need a lot of players and still need a QB soon as Eli looks like he doesn’t want to get hit any time he sets up to pass . The Giants are smart and are hoping OBJ has a big year and they can trade him to some crap team with a young QB . I would never want a player like OBJ he is a diva that wants way to much money .

  15. Gmen are in a bad spot with Beckham but they will figure something out. But Beckham is screwed in terms of longevity and his value now. No strong organization will take him, which means his only chance is a long term contract with a poor team. He’ll get a nice guarantee, say 28M, then get cut after 1or

  16. Josh Brown’s wife was tired of the domestic abuse she suffered that you and the rest of the Giants front office hid and enabled Mara.

    Maybe if you weren’t an accomplice after the fact to serial domestic violence better things would be happening to your team.

  17. Hey, John Mara, I’ve got the solution for you:

    Make it clear to OB that if you have to answer any more questions about his behavior, it will be the LAST time you will do so.

    The idiot is more trouble than he’s worth.

  18. Bad guys dont obey the law! Guns dont kill people Bad Sick People kill people! P E R I O D !
    The Rich Athletes, Hollywood actors and Musicians whom live in Gated Communities and have Alarm Systems with Armed Security NEED TO STAY OUT OF TOPICS ABOUT GUNS!
    Disarming the INNOCENT just makes us target practice for bad sick people! We have the RIGHT to protect ourselves from Bad Sick People! You can never take drugs off the street and you will NEVER be able to take guns off the street! Bad people will always have access to both!
    Want to do some good in protesting? Hey Kids, “STOP SCHOOL BULLYING” which can lead to this kind of sick misguided behavior!
    Carry on to SPORTS and this CLOWN with CLOWN hair!

  19. Im sure Mara will find a way to get Godell to issue a fine/suspension to the Cowboys again for the uncapped year with Miles Austin!

  20. I like how that girl claimed that the blunt in his hand was a piece of pizza, and the cocaine next to him wasn’t cocaine. Must have been baby powder.

  21. All jokes and sarcasm aside if I were The Giants I would trade him for as much as I can get. Will he be really good to great on the field? Yes! Will he eventually cause more distractions with his out of control narcisstic insane ego? Yes! Will he help The Giants win a championship? NO!
    He is a serious problem! To the point that he looks at times mentally unstable.

  22. That is one of the reasons I respect Jerry Jones. He understands the NFL attracts amazing talent that is sometimes wrapped in the foolishness of youth, power, and ego’s that can come with playing at an amazing level. Odell, has made a whole lot of paper for the Giants and they have paid him pennies. If mara wants to come at Odell and needs a quiet WR, then PLEASE, send him straight to Dallas. Jerry knows how to work with these kinds of guys when their talent is high. It has helped us win a lot of games and SB’s.

    Just because a lot of people are not CAUGHT in their foolishness in no way means it doesnt happen. Sometimes nothing is made of things because the players are NOT quite as high profile. This is sports ENTERTAINMENT. I am a cowboy and I was thrilled to watch the first matchup between Odell and Josh Norman when he was with the Panthers. Those surprise things bring a level of anticipation and excitement when it happens on occasion. I loved seeing Odell on the boat before the playoffs and loved when they walked out of the Packers game in the freezing cold with shirts off! Love it! Don’t want to see whole teams of perfect gentlemen play football. Need some of this stuff to add to the laughs and fun. These football players are some tough cats.

  23. Carry on to SPORTS and this CLOWN with CLOWN hair!
    _________________
    The guys has blond hair. How is that clown hair. I am truly shaking my hair when I look around and see everyday sane people walking around with CLOWN hair=Purple/Pink/ green/ blue/ What a ridiculous statement.

  24. The Giants should move him – WR is not a position that needs so much money locked into it. Get an offensive line and running game and you can survive with average to above average WRs.

    No WR is worth the amount of money or headaches.

  25. Ozzie needs to trade whatever it takes to bring him to bmore. We will forgive u for ur inability to draft a decent WR if you can swing this trade.

  26. The Truth says:
    March 25, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Wow ! Getting a little testy are we Mara ?

    ——————-
    I would be too at this point.

  27. Excellent! Giants Trade a Great Pass rusher, Sign a mediocre Offensive tackle for $15 Million a year and now they have to deal with this. Should be a good season. Eli must be Psyched.

  28. b–slice says:
    March 25, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    Im sure Mara will find a way to get Godell to issue a fine/suspension to the Cowboys again for the uncapped year with Miles Austin!

    ——————————

    Funny you should mention Miles Austin. One thing I remember was how awesome he was and then how suddenly that changed. He got a couple extra years of NFL career though because he was a good guy to have around. Would OBJ get that if he hits his wall?

  29. Thetruthis says:
    March 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    Carry on to SPORTS and this CLOWN with CLOWN hair!
    _________________
    The guys has blond hair. How is that clown hair. I am truly shaking my hair when I look around and see everyday sane people walking around with CLOWN hair=Purple/Pink/ green/ blue/ What a ridiculous statement

    Bro stop clowning with me! A black man with platinum blonde hair punching a kickers net while it hits back harder!? Dude is a CLOWN! AND acting like ONE!
    Now chicks with pink hair or punk rockers or just kids being kids is cool. But hey IF dude LOOKS ACTS and TALKS like a CLOWN….. then bro yeah CLOWN!

  30. The guy is a diva. Maybe the biggest diva in NFL history. He is going to be a distraction, he is going to do stupid, bizarre things on a regular basis. If he isn’t the center of attention every second of the day he freaks out.

  31. Really hope he breaks the bank with the Giants, type of dude that can completely ruin a team with his crap. He has the ability to win games single handedly & destroy an organization, similar power to what T.O. did to & for the eagles.

  32. “waynefontesismyfather says: March 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm: Send him to Cleveland.”

    No, don’t do that to Cleveland. They’re pretty bad but Beckham? Don’t wish him on the Browns, please. They have enough problems without having Odell thrown into the mix.

  33. To all the posters who say 1st round picks get screwed:
    This is the direct the result of the wishes of the 2011 NFL veteran players via the NFLPA in the collective bargaining agreement. The NFLPA may have had bad negotiators, but the players ratified it. In other words, Odell, Zack Martin, and others have to thank retired players like Peyton Manning for their circumstance.

  34. Maybe John Mara will watch his own team instead of putting his nose in the Cowboys business!

  35. Bring him to the Cowboys!!!!! We are up for the challenge with a guy of his persona and talent. So fun to watch play.

  36. For a guy so concerned about making as much money as possible, which I totally support, he is costing himself (tens of) millions by his behavior. Not sure who is agent is but that person must be so frustrated.

  37. The young dope should be thrown out of the league. But, that won’t happen.
    Mara will resign him. Why? Because he helps his team win. Because he is a draw. Stupid football fans will pay anything for their team to win, no matter who the team employs or how they do it.
    Football is a drug. You idiots will continue to pay for your ‘high’.

  38. For a guy so concerned about making as much money as possible, which I totally support, he is costing himself (tens of) millions by his behavior. Not sure who is agent is but that person must be so frustrated.

    Duane Johnson.

  39. “I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior,” Mara said. “He knows what is expected of him and now it’s up to him.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What about that last statement is any different than it has been since he was drafted? He knows now and knew then but still chose to act the way he has. If you’re tired of answering questions about it then just get rid of him. If you think he will suddenly change after he gets that shiny albatross of a contract he wants then you are going to be severely disappointed, no better off than you were and missing a whole lot of cash chasing that dream…but he will gladly deposit those checks and ignore any semblance of responsibility. Good luck with that.

  40. notlistinin says:
    March 25, 2018 at 6:22 pm
    To all the posters who say 1st round picks get screwed:
    This is the direct the result of the wishes of the 2011 NFL veteran players via the NFLPA in the collective bargaining agreement. The NFLPA may have had bad negotiators, but the players ratified it. In other words, Odell, Zack Martin, and others have to thank retired players like Peyton Manning for their circumstance.

    ————————————-

    This is a direct result of ROOKIES getting 50 – 70 mil in their first contract WITHOUT HAVING STEPPED FOOT ON THE FIELD.

    The wealth of the players was unequally distributed to the top 10% of Elite players and Rookies with everyone in the middle getting screwed.

    People have such short memories these days.

  41. Gantt, I’m so disappointed – and I’m sure Florio would agree – that you didn’t go with the regular picture of Mara looking constipated for this article.

  42. XXX
    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Well he had a good time for a while, he’ll always have that one handed catch he can look back on fondly
    XXX

    Kevin Mitchell does that now.

  43. I can understand fans of the Eagles (current SB Champs) or the Patriots (for the most part, the “gold standard” in the league) saying they absolutely would not want OBJ on the team they root for. But, if OBJ was cut like so many say the Giants should do, fans of all 29 other teams would AT LEAST want their team to make a concerted effort to get him.

    And if you deny it, you’re still lying.

  44. calizcowboyz says:
    March 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm
    Thetruthis says:
    March 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Bro stop clowning with me! A black man with platinum blonde hair punching a kickers net while it hits back harder!? Dude is a CLOWN! AND acting like ONE!
    Now chicks with pink hair or punk rockers or just kids being kids is cool. But hey IF dude LOOKS ACTS and TALKS like a CLOWN….. then bro yeah CLOWN!
    ————————————————————————–
    Time to put down the Ed Hardy cologne and the HGH, “BRO”. It’s affecting your brain.

  45. Most of the posters on here are so DELUSIONAL it isnt even Funny!!! Beckham WILL NOT BE TRADED and DEFINITELY not Released!!! Lol Tho it may be a “Bad Optic” he will not face ANY type of penalties for the video that surfaced from Paris!!! 1st of All, there is ZERO REAL EVIDENCE that his “Cigar” contained Anything Illegal!! Hate to Break it To You But “Assumptions/Common Sense Logic” NEVER Gets a Player Suspended!! And Whatever Substance the young lady was indulging in HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBJ!!! While I agree its “Not A Good Look” its Hardly a reason to trade/Cut the MOST TALENTED PLAYER on the Roster!! How quickly we forget how the Giants Supported a Wife abuser in Kicker Josh Brown but think they aughta Trade/Cut OBJ because he “Lost a fight against the kicking Net” Lol Or because he was at a house party where some sexual misconduct took place?? SMDH. Or because of on his OFF DAY, him and a few teammates decided to take a trip and enjoy a day on a boat A WEEK B4 a game?? Lol PUHHHHHLLLEEAAZZE !!!! OBJ has NEVER failed a Drug Test NOR gotten into any OFF the Field legal problems that caused him to lose any time from the Field!! Just because OBJ is “Living His Life” the way he see’s fit shouldnt “Bother” a Fan!!! Lol News Flash, Athletes are JUST PEOPLE!!! Not meant to Raise Ur Kids, Set examples for Ur Kids, and Most certainly not Role Models for All Aspects of Life!!!

  46. They’re further away from winning a playoff game now than before OBJ arrived.

    What’s the point of paying a mint to a receiver in that scenario? Especially one who hasn’t helped you win a single playoff game?

    Giants can take their new QB1 at #2 and add a couple more draft picks for dealing OBJ. If that’s not a shortcut through a rebuild, I don’t know what is.

  47. That video will cost OBJ millions in the long run. OBJ was destined to a long term multi-year contract with huge guaranteed money. Now owners will be leery resulting in short term contracts with performance clauses.
    OBJ doesn’t realize how fleeting stardom can be.

  48. OBJ will never earn a bus ticket to Canton like OchoUno (T.O.) or Randy Moss did because he loves being the center of attention as a circus act (one-handed catches… chile, pleeze lol!) more than Producing On The Field.

    Cut him loose and let him become a traveling road show, Mr. Mara.

  49. If the Giants owner is tired of hearing about O’Dell’s behavior, then do something about it!!! Suspend and fine him and even bench him!! O’Dell is a talented receiver but it’s also true that his elevator doesn’t quite go to the top.
    The Giants have no one to blame but themselves about Beckham, because they should have stopped his antics early on, but they didn’t. Wait until they have to pay him the boatload of money he will demand — then they’ll see what a nut job he really is!!

  50. id trade him the amount of money he wants and the fact that he can’t stay healthy let alone cause you trouble off the field. You don’t need to have the best WR in the league to make it to the superbowl you can get by with avg to good wide receivers.

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