Giants quarterback Eli Manning responded to Odell Beckham Jr.’s recent comments criticizing his former team, claiming he wasn’t bothered by his former teammate’s jabs.
“You just kinda shake your head and laugh,” Manning said when asked about Beckham’s criticism. “We won a few games before he was here.”
“You just kinda shake your head and laugh.”
-Eli Manning, on Odell Beckham Jr. claiming he was the reason the 5-11 Giants got primetime games.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) July 26, 2019
Manning’s response comes after Beckham criticized his former team in a recent interview with GQ, suggesting he “kept (New York’s) brand alive” and was the “main reason” the Giants continued to get primetime coverage, even though they missed the playoffs in four of his five seasons.
“I felt disrespected, because I felt like I was a main reason at keeping that brand alive,” Beckham said. “They were getting primetime games, still, as a 5-11 team. Why? Because people want to see the show. You want to see me play. That’s just real rap. I’m not sitting here like, ‘It’s because of me.’ But let’s just be real. That’s why we’re still getting primetime games.”
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman also reacted to Beckham’s comments, though he was quick to shut down any questions.
“Odell Beckham plays for the Cleveland Browns now. We’re moving on,” Gettleman said (via ESPN) when asked about Beckham’s interview with GQ. “Wish him the best.”
Gettleman was pressed with a follow-up question, but he quickly said: “No more Odell questions.”