Even with the New York Giants' season now over, Odell Beckham Jr. remains in the headlines.
One week after the three-time Pro Bowler and his fellow Giants receivers spent their day off partying in Miami — six days before a wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers when those same players were guilty of dropping several Eli Manning passes — New York general manager Jerry Reese sent a warning shot across Beckham's blonde bow.
"We all have had to grow up at different times in our lives, and I think it is time for him to do that," Reese said in a press conference Monday. "He has been here for three years now and is a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field, but the things he does off the football field, he has to be responsible for those things and we will talk through it. I know he is a smart guy, and I believe he understands that he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise, and I think he will accept that responsibility."
Reese did not believe Beckham's trip to Florida had any bearing on the Giants' 38-13 loss Sunday but had to field questions about a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field allegedly created in one of the receiver's emotional outbursts. The Giants are holding an investigation, and Reese spoke to Beckham on Monday.
"This is what I see — I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does," said Reese without saying whether Beckham was responsible for the hole.
"Everybody knows that he is a gifted player, but there are some things that he has done that he needs to look at himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about, and I think he will do that. We will help him with that, but he has to help himself, and we believe he will do that. He is a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn’t do smart things."
With at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons — plus a slew of highlight-reel, one-handed receptions — Beckham is off to a historic start while establishing himself as an elite talent.
But his on-field scrapes with players like Josh Norman, sideline tantrums and attention-grabbing episodes like proposing marriage to a kicking net have made Beckham a detriment on multiple occasions.
But Beckham's quarterback, often seen trying to calm him during games, remains supportive.
"I don’t have concerns. I think Odell is passionate. He’s passionate and he wants to win," Manning said Monday.
"This was important for him. He wanted to go out there and have the best game of his career. Maybe he put too much pressure on himself and emphasis. Unfortunately, going to the playoffs is different.
"I hate to say that when I’m in my 13th year, but sometimes guys just have to go through it and see what it’s like. Understand that they can’t make it bigger than what it is. You have to have a calm mindset and just go out there and play football. Be relaxed and bring out your best. Don’t try to play your best, you just have to trust the training and just go do it. I think Odell is going to be fine. He’s learning every year and this is another learning experience for him."