Giants owner John Mara: Odell Beckham needs to do less talking

Odell Beckham Jr. has caught the ire of New York Giants owner John Mara again.

While speaking at the NFL’s owners meetings on Tuesday, Mara spoke with reporters about Beckham’s recent comments made in the now infamous ESPN interview with Josina Anderson and Lil Wayne. Mara was none too pleased with what Beckham said or how he went about it.

“I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field as opposed to what he says and what he does off the field. I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking,” Mara said about Beckham.

Mara also told Batista that he did not speak with Beckham after the ESPN interview aired. According to Batista, Mara said that he feels Beckham already has enough people in his life talk to him. He also reiterated that he would rather Beckham make headlines with his play on the field than with interviews off the field. Earlier, we learned the Giants had no knowledge of Beckham’s interview and the star wide receiver organized the event with his own public relations team without first confirming it with New York’s management.

Beckham recently revealed that the comments he made during the ESPN interview may not have exactly expressed how he truly feels.

In Beckham’s new Facebook Watch series called “I Am More: OBJ,” the star wide receiver backtracked on his reason for apologizing to Giants teammates after the interview aired.

“Bro, I’m sorry that I’m not gonna apologize from my heart,” Beckham said, via Pat Leonard of The Daily News. “I don’t feel like you deserve an apology for one, and I don’t feel like it’s necessary for me to apologize for how I feel.”

It’s not clear who Beckham is addressing here, but it is clear that Beckham is contradicting the apology he made earlier last week. According to Beckham, he was simply trying to display leadership and rally his teammates in the ESPN interview. Regardless of what Beckham’s intentions were or were not in giving that interview, it’s a bit surprising he can not recognize the impact of how said comments were perceived by others.

Shortly after the Giants made Beckham’s $90 million contract extension official, co-owner John Mara made a point that the wide receiver’s improved maturity played a big factor in the franchise’s decision to commit a large allocation of salary cap resources to him. It appears that Beckham’s idea of maturity and leadership may be different than some people around him. Ultimately, if he continues down this path, you have to wonder if he will be able to stay on a common ground with Mara and the Giants front office — they clearly have a different idea about what makes a mature leader in the NFL.

In two of the last four Giants games, Beckham has walked off the field before halftime while the Giants offense still had one more possession. In both games, the Giants offense was sputtering and after both games, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed what Beckham told reporters — he simply need to get an IV due to dehydration. We can take Beckham and Shurmur’s word here, but that becomes increasingly more difficult to do when the young receiver displays a lack of awareness as to what makes a good leader in an NFL locker room. An argument can be made that going public with criticism about your teammates and coaches only to later backtrack on any apology about said public criticism is not the sign of a strong locker room leader.

The Giants need to turn their attention to 2019 and beyond and it starts at the QB position; it’s time to see the rookie Kyle Lauletta in action and the clock is ticking, don’t miss any of the updates, take a second to sign up for our FREE Giants newsletter!

Beckham has since been fined by the Giants organization for his comments in the ESPN interview.

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