Odell Beckham: Giants’ decision to trade him to Browns ‘personal’
Odell Beckham Jr. continues to take shots at the New York Giants, and his latest barb directed at his former team questions their motivations for trading him to the Cleveland Browns.
In a recent piece in Sports Illustrated, Beckham is quoted speculating that the Giants’ decision to deal him to the Browns — despite the presence of better offers, he contends — had everything to do with the team’s belief that the trade would condemn him to NFL purgatory in light of the Browns’ longstanding history of organizational dysfunction.
“This wasn’t no business move,” Beckham said. “This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die.”
Beckham has long made his unhappiness over how the Giants handled his trade abundantly clear. He recently said he would have preferred it had the Giants sat down face-to-face with him during the process. Earlier this offseason, Beckham said he felt “disrespected” throughout the trade deliberations.
It merits noting, though, that Beckham was in Europe at the time the trade went through, something Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made note of when responding recently to Beckham’s gripes.
There has of course been no shortage of back-and-forth chatter between Beckham and Giants over how his tumultuous history with the team came to such an unceremonious end. The case can be made, however, that perhaps it is time for both parties, Beckham in particular, to leave the bad blood in the past and focus on their respective and separate futures.