The New York Giants got smoked by the Green Bay Packers in last night’s NFC Wildcard game, 38-13. Odell Beckham Jr., far and away the Giants’ best player, had one of his poorest performances of the season, with just 28 yards on four catches, along with two huge drops. That’s a smaller output than Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, Will Tye, and f*cking Tavvares King (who?). For a player of Beckham’s stature, that type of performance is unacceptable.
Naturally, sports media was quick to point to Beckham’s Miami boat trip last week as one of the reasons for his poor performance. However, Beckham, being the self-centered player he was, quickly went on the defensive in his postgame press conference by defending his own actions and pointing fingers at the rest of the team:
At the end of the day, I went though practice — had zero drops, zero missed assignments. There was nothing that could connect seven days ago to today, and how we came out and played and executed. There’s just nothing in the world, it’s not realistic.
I think it did a great job of creating distractions for us, and it’s unfortunate — that’s just the way this world is. And there’s just no way you can connect something that happened seven days ago to this game, today, how we came out and played, and how the Packers have won seven in a row, and how they scored 38 points, and how they executed, they came up with the 3rd downs — they did what they needed to do.
The connection is just not there, in my opinion, but everybody’s going to have their own opinions.
This quote right here lays out everything that’s wrong with Odell Beckham. In his eyes, it’s the media’s fault for overhyping his trip to Miami, and not his fault for going. He says that there’s no connection between his boat trip and his performance, even though he opened himself up to the criticism by going in the first place. Until Odell Beckham realizes he doesn’t make the rules, he’s going to continue to be one of the most frustrating players in the league.
Furthermore, reports indicate that Beckham punched a hole in a wall outside of the Giants’ locker room after his press conference.
He put a hole in a sheetrock wall outside of the Giants locker room, according to members of the Packers’ ground crew, the latest example of the talented receiver losing his cool after a loss.
That led a member of the grounds crew to peek his head out of a door where Beckham was standing next to a six-inch hole in the wall, according to Mark Hollister, another grounds crew employee. ESPN later reported that the NFL was investigating.
“(The first grounds crew member) said, ‘C’mon man,’ and he was told to f— off,” Hollister said. “No one saw him punching the wall but basically he was standing right there.”
All of this is proof that despite the fact Beckham has been in the league for three years now, he still doesn’t get it.