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OBJ: Felt disrespected by Giants, mulled retiring

Odell Beckham Jr. revealed in a new GQ cover story that he felt “disrespected” by the New York Giants when they traded him to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason and that things got so bad at times the past few years that he had contemplated stepping away from the game.

The wide-ranging interview covered Beckham’s happiness (he says he’s happier now than ever), his musical taste, rumors about his being gay (he said he found it humorous, adding, “I have no problem with anyone’s sexual orientation”), his hair, The Catch, the trade and the Giants.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“I felt disrespected, because I felt like I was a main reason at keeping that brand alive. They were getting prime-time games, still, as a 5-and-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 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.”2

Beckham’s anger was directed at general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur. Gettleman famously said on multiple occasions that the Giants didn’t sign Beckham to trade him. Shurmur has said that the trade wasn’t personal but instead a football decision.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Neither seems to be at the top of Beckham’s Christmas card list, although his relationship with co-owner John Mara seems much more amicable post-trade.

“I’ll forever have respect for [Giants president and CEO] Mr. Mara. Everything he’s ever done for me, he’s shown nothing but love,” Beckham said. “Even when we were having our talks, it was coming from a place of love. I could always feel it. So I’ll forever have respect for him.

“But then to 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. 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 said there were times last season when he was pacing up and down the sideline asking, “Why did you sign me?” He signed a then-record five-year extension potentially worth $95 million before the season.