Odell Beckham: I’m only a cancer on a team that’s OK with losing

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Odell Beckham would like you to know that if he was a problem on the Giants, it’s because he had a problem with the Giants’ complacency about going 6-10 or worse in four of his five seasons there.

In a series of tweets, Beckham responded to a comment from Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman in which Gettleman was asked if the Giants had a culture problem and answered, “Not anymore.” Some saw Gettleman’s statement as saying the Giants got rid of their culture problem when they traded Beckham to the Browns, and Beckham didn’t appreciate that suggestion.

“Ask any one of my teammates of who I was as a teammates and a man and a person,” Beckham wrote. “Yes I’m cancer to a place that’s ok wit losing because I want to win that BADDD. Ur absolutely correct!”

Beckham said he’s happier in Cleveland.

“I’ve never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!” Beckham wrote.

Beckham and Gettleman may both agree that the trade was for the best.

121 responses to “Odell Beckham: I’m only a cancer on a team that’s OK with losing

  1. So you’re a front runner then? Good when things are great. When things go south, you go into giant 3 year old mode, throwing tantrums all over and making things worse. Not sure that’s a great thing to admit to there, OBJ.

  2. It’s stunning how little it takes to provoke the simple minded people on Twitter. Don’t call yourself a man while doing your fighting on your phone.

  3. The OBJ trade was the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of the return. You give up a superstar HOF receiver in his prime, and one of the most popular and exciting players in the sport, for the 17th pick. There’s just no way to spin that as a positive.

    Gettleman will he fired after the season but the damage is already done. His quotes about Eli Manning (8-23 the past two seasons) confirm it.

  4. Ive found out in life that being a petulant immature complainer accomplishes nothing no matter your true intentions. I`ll give the guy the benefit of the doubt but im sure a young talented team like the browns has many guys that want to win baaaaad. lets see what happens if there are some uncomfortable growing pains.

  5. whatever. nobody is going to believe him anymore until he stays healthy for an entire season and actually lives up to his so called “potential”. and the browns havent exactly shown that as an organization they are dedicated to winning. i admit theyre making moves but he would be better off just being quiet and playing great (for once)

  6. Odell has some amazing highlights but he is not going to carry a team to a championship. He only averaged 11.8 per games per season in New York and only has 1 full season playing all 16 games in the NFL.

  7. He’s in the best spot in olive til the Browns settle for 6-10 and nut bar goes nut bar again,can’t fix cancer teammates no matter where when or why they are any where!

  8. Great move Mr. Gettleman. Any player who fights a kicking net and ends up losing that battle shouldn’t be considered a “man and a person.” One miracle catch and some mediocre play after that justifies his place in history? Sigh

  9. Not going to lie, I’m not a fan of Beckham but there are two things you should know:

    He is not wrong. The Giants have not been the same since Coughlin left (which as a Cowboys fan, was a happy day for me).

    As a Cowboys fan Beckham being traded was also a happy day for me.

  10. As a Giants fan, he’s not a cancer. He’s incredibly famous, unlike any other NFL player ever before. It was a distraction, especially in a city like New York.

  11. He never talks about his team it’s always about him as an individual. The bottom line is the Giants won two Super Bowls without him and flat-lined with him.

  12. He’s annoying, but he’s right. The giants have had a losing culture ever since the end of the coughlin era. Also, gettleman is a joke. That said, he’s in cleveland now. A losing culture is a built in feature.

  13. “I’ve never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!” Beckham wrote.

    Yeah, that’ll last for about a quarter before he throws his first temper tantrum. The Giants were smart to get rid of that drama queen.

  14. when ever i see OBJ talk i think to myself, what a role model. what a stand up guy for young people to look up to.

  15. I seem to remember a playoff game and Odell taking the wrs out of town to party. Traded away and still sucking the air out of the room. He is all yours Cleveland.

  16. Everyones happy when your winning. When things get tough the last thing you need is a cancer on your team. Clevland has a lot of talent but wow I don’t see much leadership.

  17. Attention, Beckham has stopped pretending to be a urinating dog; halted kicking net destruction; stopped posing for photos that include marijuana, cocaine, and pizza; and called off pre-playoff-game boat parties to break the following news: He’s actually great for team culture.

  18. “Yes I’m cancer to a place that’s ok wit losing ”

    Of course when everyone thinks of winning NFL football, the first place that comes to mind is Cleveland.

  19. OBJ has never played in offense with this much talent. And he’s never played with a QB this good.

    If he stays healthy, he and Cleveland will be a playoff team.

  20. The verdict is in. He appeared in 59 games in five years. His unavailability contributed to the culture of losing. Of course his teammates think the world of him, what does that mean? The question is what ownership and the coaching staff think of him, the guys who have to deal with him in all his bizarre totality, as far as how much he is actually contributing to winning and having a healthy, positive culture that everyone’s comfortable with. The guy spends a lot of time on the West Coast. Right there, you have a problem. Giants shrewdly cut bait on a guy who was and is more trouble than he’s worth.

  21. These people including our president (I’m not anti commander in chief) need to get off of Twitter. It’s like getting drunk and spouting off to your ex girlfriend. Itll get you no where.

  22. I’ll give OBJ one thing. It is cool that he was representing LT with that crucifix ear ring. Not even a Giants fan but First and Ten Do it Again. “Like a pack of crazed dogs”

  23. Well whatever the cause a couple of things work for me. He wants to win and the Browns need people in the locker room who want to win. As a fan of both the Browns and the game, I am just looking forward to how it all plays out.

  24. Pat Shurmer was in over his head in Cleveland and treated players badly. Gettelman was in over his head in Charlotte and treated players badly. Good thing they both went to the brightest media spotlight in the world to showcase their lack of leadership.

  25. Why wouldn’t someone ask Gettleman what he meant by that comment before anyone jumped to any inaccurate conclusions and assume something that may not be true?

  26. What if Cleveland starts to lose games? Will Beckham be a troublemaker in the locker room?

  27. Where to begin on this one, lol.
    I don’t think I would call him a clubhouse cancer. Instead, I’d call him a man-boy-child.
    This Giant fan recognizes that Odell is a very talented player and when he has his head screwed on right he is one of the very best.

    But when he is ‘bein’ Odell’….
    There was his fight with the kicking net (which he lost).
    Then there was his meltdown in Carolina with #24.
    Then there was his Playoff game ‘appearance’ against the Packers, after he and his posse partied in Miami (he was a non-factor, and the Giants lost).
    Then there was the Dog peeing end zone celebration in Philly (I kinda liked that one, lol)
    Then there was the ‘white powder’ incident.
    Then there was the Lil’ Wayne appearance.

    The Browns won the off-season but they haven’t actually played a game yet.
    Like most folks I’m relieved for the long suffering Browns fans, but Odell is a DIVA of the first order,
    and now he’s YOUR diva, lol.

    Looking forward to reading more entertaining Odell stories from Cleveland 🙂

  28. There’s obviously some truth to both sides here but Gettleman didn’t need to say a comment like that, it was immature and unneeded. You orchestrated the trade and you said as much with your actions, no need to comment any farther.

  29. Say what you want about Beckham, but Gettleman is hurting the Giants with these comments. If he was such a cancer, you’re the one who rewarded him with a huge contract and are still sitting with dead money. Moreover, you’re still fielding questions about a trade that most feel you got the short end of. Stop attacking players who aren’t on your team who haven’t so much as exhaled in your direction since he left. Wish him well and focus on fixing YOUR franchise.

  30. Nope. You were okay with being a cancer on a team that was winning too. (See heading off to the tropics to a party boat the week leading into a playoff game)

  31. Whenever I read something a WR said that’s questionable I ask myself: “Could I imagine Larry Fitzgerald saying this?”

    If not…..it’s diva drama

  32. Good riddance. Glad I won’t be seeing his baby temper tantrums anymore. We’ll see how he acts when he doesn’t get the ball in Cleveland.

  33. I’d imagine this is one of those guys that makes a bad situation worse instead of rallying his team when there is a bump in the road. Saquan needed to be the face of the Giants not OBJ a much better example of a leader.

  34. Crazy to think it’s only been a few weeks since he’s been on Cleveland and he’s already had to delete tweets and is fighting with fans. Only a matter of time before he does and ESPN interview with LIL Wayne trashing the city and then starts making out with the goal post.

  35. I mean, he kind of has a point. If I was on a team that didn’t care about winning I’d be mad too.

    But I also probably wouldn’t punch kicking nets on the sideline.

  36. He knows he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland! The team may be on the rise, but no one wants to be in Cleveland! Cleveland isn’t New York. This team will be fun to watch this year though!

  37. Maybe not a cancer, but you did get Couglin fired for not taking you off field when you had a flag infested attitude-implosion during a vital game. That was pure poison. But otherwise you’re just an underperformer in the biggest games, and a constant selfish distraction and PR headache off it. And I think it is that mega-diva culture Gettleman wants to get away from.

  38. Your performance in your first playoff game against the PACKERS ,,you talking about that kind of losing ???

  39. sportsfan18 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:08 pm
    OBJ, you’re either a part of the solution, or you’re a part of the problem…

    ——————————–

    I dont think Gettleman has any solutions.

  40. Wait until the end of the season and we will see who is right and who is wrong.

    We’ll see if the Giants improve, stay the same, or go backwards…

  41. The only way things could have worked out better for him the last few years with the Giants is…………….if he could have somehow found a way to throw the ball to himself.

  42. Sometimes a fresh start does wonders, but often it’s just a guy taking his old problems to a new place. It ain’t ALL going to be roses in Cleveland and the first downturn OBJ will resume having his normal meltdowns.

  43. Gettleman is trash!! 1st he gives OBJ THE CONTRACT, then he says “we didnt sign him to trade him”. Now he bashes him?!? Dudes a straight clown. So what happens when/if the browns produce a better team? The cancer is the locker room being torn tween keeping eli or moving on

  44. I never thought i’d see the day that a player gets traded to the Browns, and the complacency level is actually lower than the team he was traded from…

  45. Better to be thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth and prove it. The Giants won before he got here, and will win again now that this snowflake is gone

  46. No, OBJ. Your circumstances do not dictate your behavior. Your character does and you brought that with you when you went to Cleveland. I hope the Browns do well but that desire is lessened considerably due to his presence on the team. Maybe the relationship with Landry can mellow both out but I suspect if there is some drama those two will be front and center as it is happening.

  47. He’s bad for team culture on losing teams. And on his only winning Giants team, he took part in a boat party that turned into a huge distraction before a playoff loss in which he dropped several passes.

  48. jonathankrobinson424 says:

    April 23, 2019 at 9:36 am

    What I can’t wait to see is the meltdown in friendship with Jarvis Landry once he has to share catches 50/50.

    —–

    If only those guys had experience sharing the load before, or if only they had a WR coach who knew how to manage them together…. LOL

  49. If you actually listened to the interview, Gettleman never said anything negative about Odell. In fact, when he was asked specifically if off-field or durability issues lead to the Beckham trade, he answered “No. Nope. Absolutely not.”

    The “culture” Gettleman was referring to was the McAdoo culture. Gettleman cut two players within his first week as GM because he didn’t like their attitude. He traded Eli Apple midseason because he didn’t like his attitude.

    Beckham has always been talked about as a hard worker and great teammate. Collins was considered a leader. Both were let go because of what they were costing the team cap-wise, and what the team got in return for their departure.

  50. So, some food for though to bring about context… Here are his biggest trespasses in the minds of the media/fans; Swings on a field goal practice post/loses his mind on the sideline. Takes a boat trip to Miami on a game day week. Comes out shirtless in Green Bay to show how much of a man he is. Tries to fight Josh Norman all game long and hit him helmet to helmet (cheap shot). Drops a wide open TD in a pivotal game opening drive…When did all these things happen??? You guess it – A WINNING SEASON(11-5)/Playoffs! So save the losing team makes you a cancer crap for the end of next year… Oh and lets not forget going on air with Lil Wayne, yes the rapper, for an interview and saying you aren’t sure you are happy after signing a massive contract extension… Time to look in the mirror before you morph into AB.

  51. The NFL is filled with the most competitive, hardworking athletes in the US. In that competitive landscape it’s the little things that make a difference. OBJ may really want to win, he works hard, he’s very talented, but he doesn’t appear to be willing to do the little things. He appears unable to put the team first. Always the center of attention, always distracting from the goal. Guys like that often win because they are so good, but the guys that win the most aren’t like that.

  52. The factory of sadness sounds like it’s exuding soo much happiness for OBJ and there hasn’t even been a game yet.. I guess the good news is your’e undefeated until you’re not.. let’s see what happens when the losses pile up

  53. Once again, a media contrived “controversy”. Please show me where anyone, players, front office or ownership called him a cancer. This was a business decision that the media has turned into something it isn’t. Why because they want this type of reaction. Over and over, the same media message to OBJ – “they didn’t want you”, you’re more trouble than you’re worth. When the Raiders traded Khalil Mack, was he a cancer too? How about when Miami traded Landry? The hypocrisy of especially the NY media is so tiresome. What I love the most is that under Getty, probably for the first time in years, they honestly have no idea what the Giants are going to do. Not like in 2015, when EVERYONE know we wanted Brandon Scherf in the first round, including Washington, who jumped us to get him. We had to settle for Ereck Flowers and the rest is history. Has anyone noticed how many times the mock for the Giants has changed this year and how there is absolutely no consensus whatsoever. Perfect!

    You know how I know this whole OBJ thing is a media contrivance? Because they keep asking Marc Ross what he thinks about the Giants current moves. This tells you how desperate they are for info. They actually ask one of the architects of the 3-13 2017 season what he thinks of the Giants current moves. Think about that for just a second and you understand how perfectly stupid it is to treat such a person as an authority.

  54. A simple:

    I always try to do the best that I’m capable of. I hope my teammates think the same way. That doesn’t guarantee success but there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you give 100%.

    Would have had the same sentiment without the Me, Me, Me.

  55. chickensalad43 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    The OBJ trade was the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of the return. You give up a superstar HOF receiver in his prime, and one of the most popular and exciting players in the sport, for the 17th pick. There’s just no way to spin that as a positive.

    ****************************************************************************

    As a Steeler fan, I gladly would’ve taken the 17th pick for AB over a 3rd and 5th. Once AB tanked his value, though, no way that was going to happen.

    Who knows if the AB situation influenced Gettleman, but if so, smart move on his part to get out ahead of it than wait to get bitten in the ass. Especially if Giants didn’t see OBJ as part of the long-term plan, get rid of him while there’s value.

  56. Over-rated. Prima Donna. Not Worth The Trouble. Won’t Play More Than Eight Games Next Season.

  57. “I’ve never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!” Beckham wrote.

    Boy, when was the last time someone said they were happy to playing for the Browns? Cleveland is a fine city with some of the best fans in the NFL having to put up with that incompetence for decades. Beckham is clearly in the honeymoon phase, but reality will come crashing down when the losses inevitably pile up. They still have Haslam as an owner who just can’t help meddling like Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder.

  58. It’s as if all the geniuses making jokes about how OBJ is now on a team that has even more of a losing culture than the Giants are conveniently (or ignorantly) overlooking something. A 5-2 record in their last 7 games.

    But it’s cool. We get it. You’re upset he didnt sign with your team.

  59. chickensalad43 says:
    April 22, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    The OBJ trade was the worst I’ve ever seen in terms of the return. You give up a superstar HOF receiver in his prime, and one of the most popular and exciting players in the sport, for the 17th pick. There’s just no way to spin that as a positive.

    Gettleman will he fired after the season but the damage is already done. His quotes about Eli Manning (8-23 the past two seasons) confirm it.

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    the patriots won the sb with receivers julian edelman, chris hogan, phillip dorsett, etc. you dont need star wrs to win super bowls. teams win super bowls, and this guy is not a team player.

  60. Eli Manning’s contract is a bigger cancer than Odell Beckham.

    Beckham is T.O. 2.0, he only whines when the team loses. He’s not Antonio Brown who bails on a winning team after scoring more than 30 fantasy points.

  61. surprised Cleveland wanted to sign up for the distractions Beckham’s emotional tirades bring. They seem to finally have some great upside.

  62. trickbunny says:
    April 23, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    It’s as if all the geniuses making jokes about how OBJ is now on a team that has even more of a losing culture than the Giants are conveniently (or ignorantly) overlooking something. A 5-2 record in their last 7 games.

    But it’s cool. We get it. You’re upset he didnt sign with your team.
    ****************************

    You’re one to talk about conveniently overlooking somethings – yes, the Browns were 5-2 to end the season. Yup, they beat the mighty powerhouses of the league such as the Bengals, Carolina, Denver, Bengals again, and Atlanta – losing to Houston and Baltimore.

    So, while it’s nice to win some games, be aware of who you beat (all losing teams) and who beat you (winning teams)

    The Browns will be roughly were they ended up last year, between 5-9 wins and if lucky to make the playoffs destroyed in the 1st round.

    Throwing a bunch of high priced, talented players doesn’t mean your going to win it all – see the Rams from last year.

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