New York Giants co-owner John Mara was not happy with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s touchdown celebration against the Philadelphia Eagles. Today, he made his feelings known.
Mara sent out an e-mail to various media outlets voicing his displeasure.
“I do not want to get into a discussion about this, but I will say that I am very unhappy with Odell’s behavior on Sunday and we intend to deal with it internally.”
After Beckham scored his first touchdown of the season in the 27-24 loss, he got down on his hands and knees. He pretended to walk like a dog and lifted up his leg in the end zone, simulating a dog urinating.
Beckham received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty enforced on the ensuing kickoff. After the game, Beckham didn’t appear to care about the celebration or the penalty he received.
“I’m a dog, so I acted like a dog,” Beckham said. “I don’t know if the rulebook said you can’t hike your leg. He said I peed on somebody, so I was trying to find the imaginary ghost that I peed on. But I didn’t see him.”
Head coach Ben McAdoo didn’t want to discuss it while Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the celebration was “unfortunate” and his team would “file it away”.
The Giants and Eagles meet again in Week 15 (Dec. 17) at MetLife Stadium.
Beckham was asked by a fan on Twitter if his celebration and the comments had anything to do with President Trump’s recent comments about NFL players who protest.
If u seen that , I have to tip my hat to u for thinkin outside the box. #URRIGHTONPOINT impressed
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) September 25, 2017
Quarterback Eli Manning said he didn’t see the celebration and didn’t feel a need to discuss it. He was more concerned with the 10 penalties the Giants committed Sunday. He wants the team to play smarter, including Beckham. He also said he understands why there’s been so much criticism following Beckham’s latest headline grabbing incident that has nothing to do with the game itself.
“Hey, that is part of football,” Manning said. “You get penalized there are going to be people who are unhappy, whether it is the owner, the head coach or other players. You can’t afford penalties…I want him (Beckham) to go out there and play hard. It’s part of being smart in all aspects of penalties
“I don’t think unhappy is the word. Just everyone has to be a little smarter in this situation where things are tough and we have to get wins and we have to grind and we’re catching some bad breaks and things aren’t going our way—we can’t afford to make it harder on ourselves.”