Odell Beckham Jr. Fined By Giants For Comments About Eli Manning
According to reports from Fox’s Jay Glazer, Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined by the New York Giants for some remarks he made in an ESPN interview last week.
The actual amount that Beckham is being fined is currently unknown, but the act of the fine itself is more important–this punishment is a gesture by the organization indicating that they are not going to tolerate actions which could potentially cause a divide in the locker room. When OBJ was asked by ESPN’s Josina Anderson if Eli Manning was the one to blame for the Giants’ early-season offensive struggles, the wide receiver responded, “I don’t know.”
“Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not — we know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been, you know … cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house.” Beckham continued. “But I’m, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody.”
OBJ says that he does not regret the comments he made, especially if they managed to bring his team together. Unsurprisingly, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t appear to be quite as enthusiastic about the positive spin Odell put on his fine-worthy remarks.