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Ex-Giant Odell Beckham Jr. says Pat Shurmur “betrayed” him

Two years removed from New York and the star wide receiver continues to harbor ill feelings

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made noise when he was a player on the New York Giants and he continues to make noise now.

Beckham tallied 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in New York. The Giants recorded one winning season and a 31-49 overall record during his tenure. Beckham, who surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in his first season with the Browns, suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 against Cincinnati and has been sidelined since.

The star playmaker took to the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden to express his simmering discontent with the Giants organization, implying that then-head coach Pat Shurmur undermined his final two seasons with the team.

“It just felt like I was coming to the end of a road and I was pushing for something that wasn’t tangible. And that was where it all went haywire,” Beckham said. “We got a new coach in there, and I feel like that’s a situation I can be honest now, because people have come out, like anonymous coaches, when we know who it really was.

“I felt betrayed in a sense that this coach tried to turn me against my brothers and my coaches and was telling the young guys to stay away from me because I’m not a good person or not a good team (player) or role model or this and that.”

Beckham and the Giants did not part on good terms. The three-time Pro Bowler was traded two seasons into a five-year contract worth $90 million. The former LSU Tiger made his mark in New York with jaw-dropping catches and off-the-field controversies.

Beckham also criticized Eli Manning on the podcast.

“I know I got a lot of s—t when I talked bad on Eli and I never once said a bad thing. If anything, I just speak the truth,” Beckham said on the podcast. “The only thing I can look back on and be like ‘Man, I regret saying that’ is saying he’s not the same player, even though it’s the truth.”

The 28-year-old Beckham expressed his frustration with the Giants coaching staff in failing to give Manning the best chance to win in the former QBs final seasons in the league.

“I will tell you where I ran into trouble,” Beckham said. “It was when I felt like we had the pieces. We know that Eli [was] a little older. I felt like they never put people around Eli. I’ve been here now, I’ve given you two seasons. I’ve shown you what I’m capable of. I can hoop.

“And I felt like they never put people around Eli. It bothered me because I felt like they never built around him. And we just kept drafting, we were drafting not like building an organization…You know, we were just never good. I ran into that problem, bro, when I felt like they weren’t growing and evolving as an organization. Like, I wasn’t winning. I hated losing that bad. Great, I was having great seasons. But I hated losing. I hated it. Hated it.”

Finally, Beckham said that he thought he would remain a Giant throughout his NFL career.

“I never thought I would play for another team besides the Giants,” Beckham said. “I never wanted to win a championship for anybody more than the Giants, bro. It was just such a legendary place. I was very proud to be a part of that organization.”