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Odell Beckham Jr Fires Back at Former Giants DE Who Wanted Him to Stay in New York: ‘I Didn’t Leave, I Got Booted’

Published 02/10/2022, 1:45 PM EST

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While speaking to the media on Zoom, Odell Beckham Jr was surprised that nobody asked him about the New York Giants. It was only then Osi Umenyiora snuck in the Zoom session and asked Beckham why he left the Giants and didn’t stay with them. However, OBJ clarified all he had to say in a few words.

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OBJ was holding media over Zoom when the former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora crashed as an NFL UK reporter. He asked OBJ why he decided to leave the New York Giants. Umenyiora said, “Last time we spoke, I remember telling you, ‘Hey, listen. Don’t leave New York’”.


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The New York Giants kicked Odell Beckham Jr. to the curb in 2019, parting ways with the superstar wide receiver and potentially ending his career in Big Blue. OBJ replied, “First, I didn’t leave, I got booted. Second, it is a great feeling to be here at this moment.”

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It was a bittersweet exit for OBJ from the Giants. Nevertheless, he expressed that he was quite pleased with how things have turned out. He has made it to the Super Bowl after all.

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The New York Giants offered Beckham a five-year contract worth approximately $95 million. However, he was eventually traded months after the contract was finalized. The Giants cut OBJ after he recorded 77 catches for 1,052 yards and scored six touchdowns in the 12 games of the 2018 NFL season. Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns. In exchange for him, the Giants received Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and 1st and 3rd round draft selections in 2019.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman said, “Football is the ultimate team game. If all 11 guys aren’t doing the right thing, you’re not going to be successful……… There is a cultural thing to it that’s critical. I have not been on a team that’s gone to a Super Bowl that’s had a culture problem.” OBJ responded to a series of tweets strongly disagreeing with the GM’s comments. Therefore, when asked why he left the Giants, he didn’t hesitate and clarified the matter.


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OBJ is bound to make his first appearance in the Super Bowl. Thus, it will be exciting to see him win his first ring and prove all his doubters wrong. Do you think OBJ is capable of winning the Super Bowl? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Anubhav is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently majoring in computer science at the University of Delhi, having also previously worked as a content editor for an NGO. Anubhav is a basketball enthusiast and a true Los Angeles Lakers fan.
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