Before the New York Giants began interviewing general manager candidates, we listed five questions prospective GMs would have to answer. One of those involved the handling of Odell Beckham Jr.
Louis Riddick interviewed for the job on Thursday. His television work as an analyst at ESPN has given Riddick the opportunity to comment on a wide variety of things. In 2016, Riddick took Beckham to task over some of his selfish antics. The comments below from Riddick came after Beckham scored a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens and went on to propose to the kicking net.
"Right after he scored that touchdown, which was a great touchdown, you saw the fact that this kid can attack you in so many different ways. You knew he was going to do something that was going to take away from the fact that this is a football team that had put themselves in position to win and he was just going to make it about himself.
"As soon as he took his helmet off, there were people trying to tell him hold on for a minute and he was kinda pushing people away like this is me now. Now it's my stage. Now it's about me.
"I don't know how you get that out of him ... it's annoying, and I'm a defender of the guy because I understand individuality, but it starts to get annoying."
Beckham did draw flag on that play for taking his helmet off before he left the field.
Riddick called Beckham a “me driven” player.
"You're dealing with a guy here, he has a unique way of conducting himself. He very much so has a streak to me in him that is very much so "me" driven.
"He likes the attention. He likes to be the center of attention no matter how much he says he doesn't want to be.
"The only reason you tolerate this on an NFL team is because he is such a unique talent. Guys who aren't unique talents wouldn't be able to get away with that kind of thing. You start acting like that you're outta here, you're on the waiver wire, you're sitting there looking for work."
If Riddick gets the job it will be interesting to see if his annoyance at Beckham’s antics leads him to do more about them than the previous regime, which for the most part just looked the other way.