Odell Beckham remains bitter about his departure from the Giants

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Odell Beckham Jr. played his last game for the Giants on Dec. 2, 2018. He hasn’t gotten over them, and they haven’t gotten over him.

It was not an amicable divorce.

“I never thought I would play for another team besides the Giants,” Beckham said this week on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, via the New York Post. “I never wanted to win a championship for anybody more than the Giants, bro. It was just such a legendary place. I was very proud to be a part of that organization.”

So who does the receiver blame for his trade to the Browns? He doesn’t name former coach Pat Shurmur and current General Manager Dave Gettleman, but it’s obvious he points a finger — one in particular — at them.

“It just felt like I was coming to the end of a road and I was pushing for something that wasn’t tangible. And that was where it all went haywire,” Beckham said. “We got a new coach in there, and I feel like that’s a situation I can be honest now, because people have come out, like anonymous coaches, when we know who it really was.

“I felt betrayed in a sense that this coach tried to turn me against my brothers and my coaches and was telling the young guys to stay away from me because I’m not a good person or not a good team [player] or role model or this and that.”

Beckham had his best seasons in New York, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons. The team fined him in October 2018 after he criticized Shurmur and Eli Manning in an ESPN interview, and five months later, Beckham was in Cleveland.

“I know I got a lot of s— when I talked bad on Eli and I never once said a bad thing. If anything, I just speak the truth,” Beckham said on the podcast. “The only thing I can look back on and be like, ‘Man, I regret saying that’ is saying he’s not the same player, even though it’s the truth.”

The Giants didn’t do enough with the talent they had or building around the talent they had, according to Beckham. The team had only one winning season and a 31-49 record overall in Beckham’s tenure.

“I will tell you where I ran into trouble,” Beckham said. “It was when I felt like we had the pieces. We know that Eli [was] a little older. I felt like they never put people around Eli. I’ve been here now. I’ve given you two seasons. I’ve shown you what I’m capable of. I can hoop.

“And I felt like they never put people around Eli. It bothered me because I felt like they never built around him. And we just kept drafting, we were drafting not like building an organization. . . . You know, we were just never good. I ran into that problem, bro, when I felt like they weren’t growing and evolving as an organization. Like, I wasn’t winning. I hated losing that bad. Great, I was having great seasons. But I hated losing. I hated it. Hated it.”

44 responses to “Odell Beckham remains bitter about his departure from the Giants

  1. They totally blew Manning’s second half of his career. The garbage OL and JPP(2010) was last pass rusher taken in RD 1.

  2. Funny how the Giants are slowly but surely on the road to respectability since the trade, and the Browns are looking legit and drama-free since the injury.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  3. He said more during this than others say during their careers. He is a very good player but forcing the ball to anyone usually is a terrible thing to do, and it doesn’t help he gets pissed when he does not get the football or when corners press him.

  4. It’s kind of hard to take the wanting to win thing seriously when he was flying to Miami and partying like Johnny Manziel days before his complete no-show performance against the Packers in the playoffs (which they lost).

  5. Betrayed? Imagine how the Giants felt when they had a WR attempting WWE moves to settle one of the dumber personal grievances possible

  6. Watched the clip of the interview myself. Clearly most here didn’t it.

    OBJ has passion for the game and driven to succeed. He just wanted better drafts. And paid price for honesty. Get well soon OBJ and if he is traded, hopefully he lands a top superbowl contending team. He deserves to win superbowl. Amazing talent.

  7. “I didn’t speak poorly of him, I just spoke the truth!” Is a major diva attitude. Notice how the Browns have been better without him?

  8. Worst thing that ever happened to him was that one handed TD catch. All of a sudden he’s getting all the attention, getting texts from Lebron, getting the Madden cover, and he considered himself a superstar before he ever really achieved anything in this league other than having a strong season, a lot of talent, and making a great one handed catch that was a PI anyways. He went from being Beckham, a tantalizing WR talent whose greatest asset was that he could take any slant and turn it into a 75 yard TD, had good hands, but dropped too many balls…..to OBJ, a larger than life figure that the media created whose antics were about everything but winning games. He bought into the hype and became what he is now; more of a detriment than positive to whichever team he’s on. And now he’s talking up ELi? he threw Eli under the bus more times than I remember. He brought all his problems on himself. Where’s Lil Wayne, now?

  9. It seems like the Browns started winning as soon as he left. The Steelers are doing quite well without Antonio Brown. See a pattern?

  10. They haven’t gotten over him? Huh?

    Giants look like they’re progressing well since they’ve moved on from him.

  11. OBJ isn’t the same player he once was, but we don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just the truth.

  12. You forgot to mention your great focus and dedication before a playoff game boating and partying like you already won something.

  13. This guy! Browns are better wothout you and so are the Giants. One catch is all this punk has done.

  14. He hasn’t gotten over them, and they haven’t gotten over him.

    So where in this article have the Giants not gotten over OBJ? Seems pretty clear they have.

  15. Everyone KNOWS that that one handed catch went right to EGO , and he’s been milking it ever sense. He really is bad chemistry for any team.

  16. Completely overrated.

    The irony is Eli is the only QB where he had any success whatsoever.

  17. He thinks he can make himself a great football player by talking about himself a lot !

  18. Overrated crybaby thinks we care his fee-fees got hurt by the Giants. Everyone is getting along fine workout you, Odell.

  19. Odell Beckham occurs a little hypersensitive to me, there is a lesson to be learned and he predictably embraces being butt hurt. That is why a guy with such amazing talent will only be mediocre.

  20. Lets not pretend the Giants were a team to be proud of from 2017-2019. McAdoo and Shurmur were colossal failures. The Beckham trade helped both the Browns and the Giants get better, though it took a few years (and the right coaching staffs) for the pieces to fall in place.

  21. What these divas don’t realise is the grass isn’t always greener. Teams like the Giants and Steelers are consistently well-run organizations. Shut up and play ball in the big market. Being a Vikings fan I think of Diggs. Diggs has had an amazing year and Buffalo is a very good team. Diggs led the NFL in recieving yards much of the year. As of now the leading receivers are…
    Jefferson (Diggs replacement)

    What is the name you aren’t hearing this year? Diggs is barely mentioned nationally and in fantasy. When a rookie on the 6-6 Vikings team is talked about more than you, you messed up. Enjoy Twitter.

  22. Odell Beckham has always been a guy who drums to his own beat. He’s not even close to being an elite WR now. His ego got in his way and the Browns are better off without him.

  23. Child in a grown man’s body. Giants and Browns are doing better without this diva on the field.

  24. “I never wanted to win a championship for anybody more than the Giants”

    And yet they never won anything with you and were better before you got there. You never even helped them win a playoff game, pretty much failing to show up in the one chance you got.

    Once again, you’re on a team that appears be better without your “hooping” on it.

    People who are great for teams demonstrate that by now. You’re heading into your 7th year with no sign of that.

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