Odell Beckham Jr. blows off fallout from ESPN interview: ‘Just chatter’
Odell Beckham Jr. continues to downplay the controversy spawned by his recent candid comments about the New York Giants, specifically those made during an interview that aired on ESPN over the weekend.
“Just chatter,” Beckham said on Tuesday, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “Same approach every single day, get up, be the best that I can be. We’re moving forward. My teammates, my brothers, there’s nothing that can come in between us. We’ve had these conversations and like I said, we’re all moving forward onto Philly.”
Beckham raised eyebrows and drew the ire of Giants head coach Pat Shurmur over the interview with ESPN insider Josina Anderson, which also featured a cameo by hip hop artist Lil Wayne.
The Giants superstar wideout said on Monday that he did not “regret anything” about the interview, which was remarkably candid. In the end, Beckham feels anything that needed to be addressed about the interview, whether it be with teammates or Shurmur, have been already handled.
“Yeah, I think we all understand each other,” Beckham said. “Like I said, there’s nothing that is going to come in between my brothers, my teammates. This is something that is going to pull us closer. I felt very close as a team this Sunday, and that’s the way that we have to play. That’s the way we’re going to fight.
“Nobody in here likes to lose. We’re all tired of losing. We want to change that culture, atmosphere, whatever it is, because this is a place that has a lot of pride and we want to be able to be proud of what we display and do all those things.”
The Giants (1-4, last in NFC East) came close to a huge win on Sunday but came up short courtesy of a 63-yard field goal by Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano with six seconds remaining in a 33-31 loss.
“It was a big week for us. We took a big step,” Beckham said. “Unfortunately, we lost on a 63-yard field goal. If I had to lose on a 63-yard field goal, so be it.”