As a rule, Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes the high road when teammates with whom he maybe didn’t have the best relationship move on.
But in an extensive sit-down interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio Saturday, Manning strongly hinted to having had a strained relationship with former receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
To recap, Beckham has been a loose cannon every time he’s been asked about the Giants. He ripped the team in an interview with Complex for holding him back, and he even went so far as to suggest in the current issue of GQ that he was the reason for keeping the Giants relevant despite their losing seasons.
Manning has kept mostly quiet about Beckham’s verbal outbursts, but during a sit-down with the NFL Network at the start of training camp, he reminded people that he has “won a few games before (Beckham) was here.”
When Paolantonio asked Manning about his relationship with Beckham during their sit-down, the 16-year veteran quarterback admitted that the communication between him and Beckham has been virtually non-existent of late.
“You know, we haven’t talked a whole lot since everything happened, but, I hope, eventually all of this gets put behind and we can just enjoy the places where we are right now and what’s going forward and just kind of laugh about this one day,” Manning said.
“Obviously I have wonderful memories with Odell. I’ve known Odell a long time, since he was a junior in high school. … We had a number of great years and big plays and exciting plays here,” Manning said.
“Unfortunately, teammates move on and go to different places, whether it’s trades or retirement or whatnot. You go through it, and sometimes it’s just not a happy ending.
“It rarely ends happily for anybody in this league, but obviously feelings get hurt and things happen. People say things. But I think we both want to move on. We both have our futures to look forward to, and this upcoming season to look forward to, and I wish him nothing but the best and success.”