Odell Beckham’s antics are getting out of hand.
At first it was funny, then it was scary, and now it has simply become sad. The egomaniac’s behavior has crossed the line, and no one has any idea what to do about it.
After five relatively disappointing weeks from a production standpoint, Beckham broke out in a massive way on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The LSU product hauled in 8 catches for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, which included a 66-yard score on a crucial 4th & 1 that proved to be the game-winner.
However, making the winning play wasn’t enough for Beckham, who proceeded to take his helmet off in the end zone (drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty), and then run down the sidelines screaming before another infamous interaction with the kicking net. Beckham proposed to the kicking net in jest, all while there was still 1:24 left in a 27-23 ballgame.
While the Giants’ defense managed to hold on for the victory, it’s clear members throughout the Giants’ organization are growing tired of this charade.
Two-time Super Bowl champion, Eli Manning, is clearly fed up, saying, “you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays.” However, to avoid creating negative headlines on the matter, Manning also added that “when he goes out there and has a couple of huge catches and 200 yards and a game-winning touchdown, you still want him to be smarter, but you accept it a little easier.”
Meanwhile, the team’s head coach, Ben McAdoo, also isn’t bullish on OBJ’s behavior. “Can’t have it,” McAdoo said. “We need to keep the focus on the ball game.”
Focusing on the football game is exactly what needs to happen, but it is something Beckham seems incapable of doing. Everyone remembers the incident last season with then-Panthers cornerback, Josh Norman, as Beckham has a terrible tendency to let his emotions dictate his play.
While he’s only 23-years young, it’s time for Beckham to grow up. The Giants find themselves in the middle of a heated NFC East, and will need their star receiver to stop being a distraction if they are to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
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