Is Eli Manning sick of Odell Beckham Jr.’s antics, or was the New York Giants quarterback’s comments taken out of context? Seems there’s a case to be made for the latter.
After Beckham went off for 222 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns in the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Manning seemed to imply he had been getting “sick of” the wideout’s outburts without the production to back it up. On Tuesday, Manning attempted to walk back the remark, telling Ralph Vacchiano for SNY.tv that what he was actually sick of the constant questions about Beckham’s behavior.
“I’m not tired of it,” the Giants captain said. “I thought you might be tired of it. That was my comment. Talking about you. I’m fine with it. He’s doing a lot of good things and playing the game the right way. He just has to make sure the celebrations and what’s going on aren’t hurting the team in any way.”
Manning also went on to tell Vacchiano that he and Beckham actually have a “great relationship.”
Even after toning it down the past couple weeks, the story about Beckham’s behavior continues to take on a life of its own. While it certainly came off like Manning was becoming annoyed with the constant blow-ups, especially while the Pro Bowl receiver wasn’t at a high level, it’s certainly possible what the 13th-year veteran was trying to convey he was tired of the questions.
And who could blame him?
NFL players are constantly asked the same questions over and over, sometimes multiple times the same day, and with the coverage Beckham has received, it’s no doubt become a distraction inside the locker room. Even if Manning really was sick of his teammate, it’s unlikely he would say that in the media, so chances are good he was taken out of context or simply misspoke. Drama resolved.