Dave Gettleman reacts to Odell Beckham’s recent criticism
Odell Beckham Jr. has made it clear he was unhappy with the way the New York Giants handled his trade to the Cleveland Browns, and general manager Dave Gettleman is at a loss over what the organization could have done differently.
In a recent Q&A with GQ, Beckham had some pointed remarks about the Giants organization as well as Gettleman, specifically related to his perception that the team conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner during the trade.
Gettleman responded to Beckham’s critical comments during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones.
“Here’s what I’d say,” Gettleman says. “I handled it professionally and with complete respect. What more can I do?”
“I can’t be responsible for the way people characterize things that happened. Because you know what? It’s the way they saw it. It’s what they feel. You can’t argue with emotions.”
Beckham said he would have preferred it had the Giants sat down face-to-face with him during the trade process. Earlier this offseason, Beckham said he felt “disrespected” throughout the entire process. It merits noting, though, that Beckham was in Europe at the time the trade went through.
Interestingly, when news of Beckham’s most recent criticism of Beckham originally surfaced late last month, Gettleman had no interest in discussing the situation, deflecting media members’ questions, saying, “Odell plays for the Cleveland Browns now, and we’re moving on.”
All that said, to say Gettleman’s tenure with the Giants has been a controversial one would be an understatement, including not only because of the Beckham trade but also due to the decision to draft quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a move that was almost universally panned.
Despite the constant criticism, Gettleman insists he chooses to remain above the fray.
“People make fun of me. If it makes them happy, let them have it,” Gettleman said. “I don’t care. I just know I’m blessed. I’ve got the Lord and my family and I’ve got football.”