Odell Beckham takes swipe at Giants, says they held him back
Odell Beckham Jr and the New York Giants have not exactly been spreading the love since they parted ways earlier this offseason, and the star wide receiver fired the latest shot.
In an interview with Jacob Davey of Complex that was published on Friday, Beckham was asked if he believes being traded from the Giants to the Cleveland Browns will help him fulfill his potential. He essentially said the Giants were holding him back.
“I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there,” Beckham said. “So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit. I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role.”
Beckham also said he is excited about the “culture” they have created in Cleveland, which is an interesting way to put it. Shortly after Beckham was traded, Giants GM Dave Gettlemen seemed to take a shot at him by saying the team had a “culture problem” with OBJ on the roster.
Beckham has indicated in the past that he doesn’t feel the Giants give him the respect he deserves, and he is obviously relieved to be out of New York. Whether or not that will translate to huge numbers playing with Baker Mayfield remains to be seen, but Browns fans have every reason to be excited.