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Odell Beckham Has Bigger Problems Than a Boat Trip

Todd Salem
Odell Beckham Jr. caught lots of flak for his boat trip, but his antics after games and on the sidelines are much more concerning. | Photo Credit:

Odell Beckham Jr. was dragged through the media ringer after his subpar performance in the New York Giants’ wildcard-round loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was criticized for taking a boat trip the week prior; he was harangued for dropping passes and not being the game-changing player he has been in the past. It seems, though, that his actions after the game were far more alarming and should have been what dominated headlines instead.

After the loss to the Packers, Beckham once again let his emotions get the best of him. He reportedly slammed his head against lockers and punched a hole in a wall in the Green Bay facility. Packers’ officials want the hole fixed and paid for. Giants’ officials and teammates, and even their general manager, want Beckham to grow up.

No matter how often Beckham announces to the world that he doesn’t let people get under his skin, he has shown a propensity for doing exactly that, both during games, on the sidelines, and after contests are over. He is an emotional player and has yet to show the ability to control that.
I don’t have a problem with Beckham sunning himself out on a boat. That doesn’t affect anything. What matters more is the lurking potential for him to hurt himself or someone else during one of these postgame blowups. Everyone in the NFL takes losses hard; not everyone will bang their head against a locker to prove that. 

It is almost as if the show of him being emotional is more important than him actually being emotional. The same thing has been true for his blowups on the sidelines during games. Tons of players get mad during the action for calls missed, passes missed, what have you. Few take it as far as Beckham has with his shenanigans for the camera. It makes him seem incredibly phony at the same time as making him seem like the most genuine player in the league.

No one knows what the answer is at the moment. OBJ remains the Giants’ best player. I don’t care about him being a role model for young kids. I care more about him being a valuable piece of this franchise. Remaining in control of himself is a large part of that that he is currently missing - perhaps the only part.

Todd Salem, New York Giants Lead Writer and pecan pie enthusiast

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