Victor Cruz: Odell Beckham Jr. ‘has to find a way to just control himself’
Victor Cruz became the latest member of the New York Giants organization to weigh in on the issues surrounding Odell Beckham Jr., suggesting in part that his teammate needs to get a better hold on his emotions.
Beckham had an uncharacteristically awful game in the Giants’ lopsided 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round, with two inexcusable drops highlighting a nightmarish performance. But what came afterward was perhaps most troubling.
Beckham allegedly suffered a meltdown after the loss and punched a hole in a Lambeau Field wall.
Witnesses on Lambeau grounds crew said @OBJ_3 punched this hole in wall outside locker room pic.twitter.com/GVuP0m7a34
— Neil Best (@sportswatch) January 9, 2017
Beckham is also accused of allegedly telling a Lambeau Field grounds crew member to “(expletive) off” after being asked to calm down. He also allegedly banged his head on a door in the locker as well.
But what made Beckham’s disappointing performance in Sunday’s loss to the Packers a more significant point of contention, however, is it came after he and a handful of teammates traveled to Miami on the Giants’ day off Monday. Beckham blew off any criticism for the trip by arguing he’s a “grown man” who can take care of himself.
Cruz has since spoke out about his teammate in the wake of his latest temper tantrum.
“I think he is very, very hard on himself, almost to a fault,” Cruz said during an appearance on WFAN, via CBS Sports. “I think he’s on track to reach his full potential, but I think having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard, whether it’s continued negative press or whatever the case may be. He has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard after games like that.”
Giants general manager Jerry Reese was much more critical in the wake of Beckham’s latest meltdown, essentially stating Beckham needs to “grow up.”
Disappointing playoff performance aside, the issues plaguing Beckham are less about his performances on the field and more about his inability to control himself off of it. It’s definitely something Beckham should focus on heading into his fourth NFL season.