Eli Manning Fires Back At Odell Beckham Jr. Following Criticism Of Giants

Alex Greenberg
July 25, 2019 - 7:31 pm

Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants continue to look back and reflect on what was an ugly breakup.

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Earlier this week, GQ unveiled a cover story featuring Beckham, which included the wide receiver taking some shots at the Giants. Beckham said he was “disrespected” by the trade that sent him to Cleveland, and he also claimed that he was the reason the Giants still got prime-time games when he was a member of the team.

Eli Manning, Beckham’s old quarterback, has now fired back. Manning pointed out that the Giants had success and popularity before Beckham came to town.

“I don’t think they (Beckham’s comments) bothered me. You just kind of shake your head and laugh,” Manning said on NFL Network after Thursday’s Giants practice. “I won a few games before he was here.”


It’s clear that Manning is in the final stages of his career, but he does have a point. Beckham wasn’t around when No. 10 led the Giants to Super Bowl championships in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. The 26-year-old never even got close to that point with the team.

Manning and Beckham were apparently friends during their time together as teammates, but that relationship may have soured. Beckham now insists that he wants to move on and put his time with the Giants behind him.

Odell Beckham Jr. stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility on June 4, 2019.
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The Giants dealt Beckham to Cleveland in March for Jabrill Peppers and a first round pick, which the Giants then used on Dexter Lawrence.

Beckham goes to a Browns team that will surely be hyped up quite a bit heading into the season. They’ve made some big moves, but the AFC is difficult, and Cleveland hasn’t exactly had a winning culture in recent history.