Odell Beckham Jr. returned to practice this week after serving his one-game suspension for fighting with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, but the Giants wide receiver wasn’t willing to address reports that he had gay slurs directed at him which instigated the ugly incident in Week 15.
“Words are Words,” Beckham deadpanned. “Words are words.”
Beckham was vilified for drawing three unnecessary roughness penalties including a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit during which he torpedo himself at the back of Norman’s head.
With a week off to reflect on his actions, Beckham expressed remorse for the way things played out.
“It was tough,” noted Beckham. “It was tough just not being able to be here with my teammates. I think sometimes you’re so fortunate to be able to do this and you may take it for granted like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go into work today’ and just having some time off, being able to sit back and you really miss this. You miss being here and I’m definitely happy to be back.”
The Giants were embarrassed 49-17 by the Vikings on Sunday night football, but were already eliminated from the playoffs by virtue of Washington’s win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Beckham makes his return for the season finale against the Eagles, but admits he learned an important lesson from his outburst a couple weeks ago.
“I don’t think I’m going to change the way I play, I feel that I’m going to change the actions were on the field that Sunday,” said Beckham. “It’s not what we should be doing, it’s not what I want to represent the Giants with. Most importantly, it’s not something I want the kids looking up to and learning from me that way. That’s definitely not what I’m about.”
As Beckham and company turn their attention to a Philadelphia squad that just parted ways with their head coach, the future of Tom Coughlin with Big Blue has been a major talking point this week. While the wide receiver didn’t’ speculate on his coach’s job status, he admitted that he created unnecessary headaches for Coughlin who was heavily criticized for not removing him from the game against Carolina.
“I don’t like coach having to deal with anything like that,” noted Beckham. “I wouldn’t want even the players to have to deal with stuff like that and have to deal with questions about me. It just was an unfortunate situation and put a lot of people in a lot of bad positions. It’s definitely something that I don’t want to do again.”