The New York Giants began a new era in 2019. In March, the Giants traded away their biggest superstar, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Since then, the two sides have remained mostly quiet. However, that recently changed.
Odell Beckham Jr. decided on Monday night that he wanted to let his Twitter fingers loose. Odell went on an honest tirade discussing his time in New York and his relationships with his former coaches, general managers, and teammates.
Unfortunately, Beckham could not do this without taking it a step too far for some fans. In the midst of his Twitter frenzy, Odell decided to take a shot at Eli Manning. Manning, a 16-year veteran, future Hall Of Fame quarterback for the Giants, does not deserve Odell’s disrespect for a couple of reasons.
Manning’s Spring Workouts
Odell Beckham’s shot at Eli Manning came in response to a new video of Manning working out this offseason. Manning linked up with teammates Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Corey Coleman, and former teammate Hakeem Nicks. Manning looked sharp in the video and received praise on social media.
Eli Manning is SLINGING it
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) April 22, 2019
This gathering should come as no surprise to most fans of Eli Manning and/or the New York Giants. Manning conducts spring workouts with his teammates every year. Most notably, Eli gets his teammates together for some training at Duke University every offseason.
— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) April 5, 2017
Manning has a good group of receivers turn out for the Duke workout every year. However, one receiver who was absent for most of those workouts was Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham showed up in 2015, but that is it. He made it to one workout in five years.
During Monday’s Twitter rant, Beckham responded to a fan’s tweet criticizing Eli Manning for never having workout videos when Odell was on the team. That fan was terribly misinformed. Manning has workout videos and pictures with his teammates surface every year. It is Odell who chose not to be a part of them.
😂🤐 *takes the high road* I’m workin on the best me! That’s all I can say
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) April 22, 2019
Odell responded to this tweet, claiming that he was “taking the high road” by keeping his mouth shut on this topic. Odell has no reason to open his mouth and respond to this comment. The opportunities for these workout videos were present while Odell was in New York. It was Odell who was absent. Odell’s petty tweet was far from the high road.
These Duke workouts are one example of Eli’s commitment to practicing with his teammates, however, they are not the only example. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were spotted multiple times last offseason spending extra time working out together after practices. Knowing this, it is hard to understand how Beckham could feel like Eli did not try to put enough work in with Beckham during his five years in Big Blue.
Manning’s Public Respect For Beckham
When asked about the recent Odell Beckham Jr. trade, Manning gave nothing but compliments to Odell. Eli referred to Odell as a “good friend” for the last five years.
Eli was asked what his first reaction was to the Odell Beckham trade. Being the great teammate he is, Manning’s first reaction was that he “wanted to reach out to him.” He referred to Odell as “more than just a player” and showed concern for Beckham as a person and wanted to make sure he was doing OK and see how he was handling the trade.
Last month, Eli also publically complimented Odell. Eli was asked who was the most gifted athlete he ever played with. His response was: “Probably Odell.” Eli never had anything bad to say about Odell, despite Odell going public in an ESPN interview with rapper Lil Wayne and admitting that he thinks Eli Manning might be the Giants’ problems.
This was a move that Odell received heavy criticism for. It was considered a distraction and described as a disrespectful way of discussing his teammates. Despite this, Eli Manning remained true to himself. He remained a classy, respectful man who never has anything bad to say about his current or former teammates.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a full grown adult and is free to do or say whatever he wants. However, just because he can does not always mean he should. And most people would agree, Odell should not publically disrespect his former quarterback who showed him nothing but love and appreciation over the last five years.