The New York Giants were eliminated easily from the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers on the weekend, and wide receiver Odell Beckham didn’t take it well. He allegedly punched a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field after the loss and has generally earned a reputation for throwing a solid temper tantrum whenever things don’t go his way.
Members of the Giants organization have mostly given politically correct responses when asked about Beckham’s outbursts. However, general manager Jerry Reese was singing a different tune when he met with reporters on Monday to discuss the season as a whole.
“I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does,” Reese said. “Everybody knows that he’s a gifted player, but there have been some things that he’s done that he needs to look himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about some of the things that he’s done. […]
“We all have had to grow up in different times in our lives,” he said. “I think it’s time for him to do that. He’s been here for three years now. He’s a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field, but the things he does off the football field, he has to be responsible for those things. We’ll talk through it and I believe — I know — he’s a smart guy. I believe he understands he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise. I think he’ll accept that responsibility.” (Via Giants.com)
Reese refused to get into the specifics of Beckham’s actions. The star wide receiver received criticism for attacking a kicking net in frustration this past season, and a much-publicized Miami boat trip (on an off-day) before their playoff game with the Packers has received plenty of scrutiny. In addition, Beckham has gained a reputation as a bit of a whiner when it comes to NFL officials.
Like Reese said, no one questions Beckham’s incredible talents on the football field. But if the Giants are ever going to capitalize on having one of the best pass catchers in the game, Beckham needs to make sure his emotions don’t get in the way.