Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Felt 'Disrespected' by Giants Trade


(WFAN) -- In a GQ cover story, Odell Beckham Jr. says he had been praying he'd land on a new team before March's blockbuster trade that sent him from the Giants to the Cleveland Browns.

The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver also says in the Q&A oozing with ego that he considered retirement at just 24 years old and, even though he wasn't happy in New York, he felt disrespected when the Giants dealt him.

"My initial reaction was not disappointment.… I felt disrespected," Beckham said. "Like, after everything I've done for them. This is me being honest: This team has not been good for the last six years. Period. Even the year we went to the playoffs and everyone was talking about this and that. And we went there, and I didn't have a great playoff game. Don't get me wrong, I had a terrible game. But I left the game with seven targets, and I'm supposed to be your number one receiver."

Beckham also said of the Giants that he was "a main reason at keeping that brand alive."

"They were getting prime-time games, still, as a 5-and-11 team," he said. "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 prime-time games. I felt disrespected they weren't even man enough to even sit me down to my face and tell me what's going on."

When asked who specifically he blamed, Beckham mentioned general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur.

"(T)o be called like that and then be texted by your coach and be like, 'Oh, yeah, I heard the news.' Yeah, you heard the news? It happened because of you," Beckham said. "The reason I'm gone is because of you. It was just tough because of the way I initially felt. On the other side of it, I was excited about a new start because I had been—honestly, I had been praying to God the season before this season for a change."

Beckham, who signed a five-year contract for $90 million plus incentives in August 2018, said he felt he couldn't play for the Giants anymore. 

"I just can't do it," he said. "I wasn't happy. I wasn't in a good place."

Beckham said he was so unhappy two or three years ago that he thought about walking away from football. 

"Not many people know, but I used to talk to my momma and I'd be like, “Ma, if I was done doing this now, would you still be proud of me?'

"To love something so much to a place where it is my everything, and to watch it be tainted, or all kinds of things be in the middle of it. Like, it hurt me to my soul."

And when asked if he thought his brand might take a hit playing in the smaller market of Cleveland, Beckham said: "I forever will have love for the New York fans. They gave me my first home. But there's this sense of entitlement—like I was made there. And in my head, that was the first place I had the opportunity to show the world what God had set out for me to do. It didn't matter where I was at."