Eli Manning clarifies seemingly critical comments about Odell Beckham Jr.
Eli Manning is attempting to backtrack on — or at least clarify — comments he made about New York Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr.’s antics and how “you can get real sick of it.”
The Giants quarterback found himself at the center of a controversy this week over the seemingly critical commentary concerning the talented-yet-enigmatic Beckham.
Speaking on WFAN on Monday following the Giants’ 27-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Manning’s take on Beckham arguably couldn’t have come across clearer. Manning was specifically addressing how Beckham was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after removing his helmet following a game-winning, 66-yard touchdown pass. On the game, Bekcham hauled in eight catches for 222 yards and pair of touchdowns.
“He made plays and so it’s one of those deals where you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays,” Manning said in part of Beckham.
But on Tuesday, Manning said he meant the media may get sick of Beckham’s antics, not his teammates. Or at least not Manning, who said “Odell and I have a great relationship” and “are on the same page.”
“I’m not tired of it. Thought y’all might get tired of it. That was my comment,” Manning said, via ESPN.com. “It’s up to you, and maybe thought it was me. But I’m talking about you. I’m fine with it. … I want him to play well. I want him to make plays. I want him to have celebrations and dances, and I’m fine with that. I want the team to go out there and win games. It was a fun locker room after the game, exciting locker room. It should be all positive stuff.”
Manning went on to say that he gets asked about Beckham a lot, meaning he has to talk about his teammate often. Manning argues given that environment, there’s a chance some of his comments about Beckham could be misinterpreted.
Manning is correct in that it’s easier to ignore Beckham’s antics if he’s producing. But sooner or later, Beckham’s penchant for unpredictability could potentially be the difference between a Giants win and a Giants loss.