New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t mince words when talking about the way refs are looking for WR Odell Beckham Jr. to commit penalties.
“He’s got to play smart,” Manning said, per the New York Daily News. “He can’t afford to do anything they’ll call. He’s kind of brought that upon himself, so he’s got to realize that . . . No doubt. Can’t afford the penalties.”
In light of Manning’s word and also the advice to take it easy from GM Jerry Reese and others, Beckham still sounds defiant:
“There’s never an explanation (from the officials),” Beckham said. “It’s always it’s just my fault. That’s all I look at it as, it’s my fault. I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way it might be a fine or a flag…. As tough as it is to understand for a 23-year-old who has been blessed with a lot – God has given me a lot of ability, amazing amount of everything – and it seems like it’s all working against you”
“But what are you gonna do, are you gonna back down or stand up? And I’ve never been one to back down.”