“I felt disrespected,” said Beckham, who was on vacation in Paris when he learned of the trade. “This team has not been good for the last six years. Period … It’s just all bad. 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 … I felt disrespected they weren’t even man enough to even sit me down to my face and tell me what’s going on.”
Beckham specifically said “The GM when asked who disrespected him. He also appeared to take issue with coach Pat Shurmur.
“To be called and 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.”
Earlier this offseason, Beckham said he wasn’t going to reach his full potential with the Giants.
“I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there.”
Beckham said he “loved New Yorkers” and “forever will have love for the New York fans.” The organization? Not so much. He told GQ he didn’t feel he could play in New York any longer.
“I can’t do this anymore. I just can’t do it. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t in a good place. And like I told you earlier, I feel like everything is about happiness, and I just was not.”
There was also this, about the five-year, $90 million contract he signed before last season:
“I really felt like: Why did we even sign this contract? What did we sign this for? That’s what I felt during the season. Why did we do this deal to not feel long-term, because I don’t feel like y’all are still wanting me to be here long-term during the season. I could feel it during the season. I would be up and down the sidelines saying that, like, “Why did you sign me?” I could’ve just not did this at all.”
Valentine’s View: Beckham doesn’t bother to mention that perhaps the organization felt disrespected when he did the ESPN interview after signing the $90 million deal. My only other thought here is that the more Beckham talks the more it becomes obvious that the Beckham-Giants divorce had to happen, and it had to happen sooner rather than later.