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Sources: Odell Beckham Jr. not dating Iggy Azalea

Odell Beckham Jr. has been making big news this week as OTAs for the New York Giants got underway this week. But all of it has nothing to do with any exploits on the football field.

Reports surfaced Wednesday indicating Beckham is dating pop star Iggy Azalea. But that doesn’t appear to be the case, given comments from well-placed “sources” in Beckham’s camp.

Individuals evidently in the know regarding the goings-on in Beckham’s private life “vehemently” denied the dating rumors, per a TMZ report, saying that “people will create anything.”

Beckham, per gossip reports, was spotted making time with Azalea, the ex of Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young (more on that here), at a bowling center in Los Angeles, where the two were “being romantic with each other throughout their outing, giggling and cozying up to each other,” per a Page Six report.

As noted, Beckham has been the source of some big news this week, albeit having nothing to do with participating in OTAs.  The wide receiver skipped out on Monday’s OTA session, reportedly opting instead to workout with his trainer in L.A. Subsequent reports suggested Beckham intended to join the Giants Thursday, but that appears not to be the case.

And then Beckham spent time this week doing passing drills with Johnny Manziel.

Beckham having navigated a tumultuous 2016 campaign, upped the ante by an ill-conceived trip to Florida with teammates leading up to the Giants’ playoff showdown with the Green Bay Packers, which ended in a loss.

Beckham has since enjoyed an up-and-down offseason. He was praised for his “professionalism” at the Pro Bowl but later showed up 90 minutes late to a youth football camp.

The Giants picked up Beckham’s fifth-year option in late April, after which the wide receiver vowed in a series of tweets that he will be “workin harder than I ever have, to be the the best that I ever have been…”

It seems that pledge hasn’t yet come to fruition, at least insofar as it relates to participating in Giants OTAs … when juxtaposed with possibly dating a pop star and hanging out with unemployed quarterbacks.