New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t about to change who he is in the wake of criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo and the media over his emotional sideline outbursts.
“Nah, I’m not really … I’m in a great place right now,” Beckham said Thursday, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “Mentally, physically, spiritually, there is not really much that bothers me at all, to be honest. So I’m going to go out and play football the only way I’ve ever known how to play, try my best to be the best teammate you possibly can.
“At the end of the day, you play for the guys that wear the jersey. They’re the ones who take the field with you, who you share the blood, sweat, and tears with. I’m just going to go out and be who I am.”
Beckham would not go into whether or not he was concerned with his head coach calling him a “distraction” on Monday, chalking the comments up to “he said, she said.”
Giants’ teammates did not seem concerned with their No. 1 receiver’s behavior, with quarterback Eli Manning and cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie coming to his defense, with the latter giving him a pep talk about where and when it’s okay to show that emotion.
“I told him to continue to be you. Never lose that fire,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But on the sideline there are a bunch of guys and they’re already down and, if a guy looks at you the way we look at you as a leader, keep it in control until we get to the locker room. Throw your helmet all across the locker room so nobody can see. That’s fine. In an atmosphere like (the sideline during a game), keep your cool.”