Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t plan to curb his natural instincts and questionable behavior despite being called out by New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo.
On Sunday, the wide receiver reacted frantically from the sidelines as the Washington Redskins stunned the Giants 29-27 to further renew the rivalry between Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman.
After the loss, coach McAdoo told the media that Beckham Jr. had to learn to control his emotions and not prove to be “a distraction” for the team.
But Beckham Jr. doesn’t believe he was unruffled on Sunday, even though many analysts felt he buckled under the pressure of going up against rival Norman.
“Nah, I’m not really … I’m in a great place right now. Mentally, physically, spiritually, there is not really much that bothers me at all, to be honest.
“So I’m going to go out and play football the only way I’ve ever known how to play, try my best to be the best teammate you possibly can,” the two-time Pro Bowler said on Thursday ahead of the Giants-Vikings game on Monday.
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On Sunday, Beckham Jr. was criticized for slamming his helmet against the kicking net before yelling and stomping on the sidelines of the Redskins-Giants game.
The incident occurred in the fourth quarter after the Redskins forced an interception.
NFL Network cameras caught Eli Manning trying to calm Beckham Jr. down.
After the game, coach McAdoo said the team was trying to help Beckham Jr. in his maturation process.
“He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates. It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing,” said the rookie coach.
When asked to respond to his coach’s comments, Beckham Jr. said he was only interested in Monday’s Vikings-Giants game.
“He said, she said. I’m not really concerned about anything but the Minnesota Vikings.”
“At the end of the day, you play for the guys that wear the jersey. They’re the ones who take the field with you, who you share the blood, sweat and tears with. I’m just going to go out and be who I am,” added the former Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 with the 12th overall pick.