Sport Why Odell Beckham Jr., Giants boat party is so troubling for an NFL GM

03:20  11 january  2017
03:20  11 january  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Former NFL GM Jeff Diamond felt for Giants brass when he heard about the wide receiver boat party in Miami last week.

Former NFL GM Jeff Diamond felt for Giants brass when he heard about the wide receiver boat party in Miami last week.

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There was no shortage of amusing headlines after the Giants’ wild-card playoff loss to the Packers, courtesy of the pre-playoff excursion to Miami by Odell Beckham Jr. and his fellow New York receivers.

But I'll tell you who was not laughing: Giants owner John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese, coach Ben McAdoo, his staff and plenty of Giants players.

As a former NFL general manager and team president, I empathized with Giants brass when the story broke last week after the release of an Instagram photo featuring Beckham, Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis partying on a boat, along with other details about hitting the clubs in South Beach.

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In pregame warmups, at least one Panthers official, and possibly more, carried black baseball bats on to the field and were motioning with them towards Odell Beckham Jr . while making comments to him, per a league source. In this Instagram video you can see practice-squad player Marcus Ball pointing a bat at the Giants as they took the field: According to NFL .com’s Ian Rapoport, Ball later had to be separated from Beckham Jr .

Odell Beckham partied on a boat and with Justin Bieber on his off day. New York Giants (11-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-6). Key player: All due respect to Big Game Eli Manning, but the Giants will live and die based on the performance of their elite-and-he’ll-make-sure-you-know-it receiver Odell Beckham Jr . No player on the Giants , and few players in sports as a whole, has the ability to turn an entire game on its head the way Beckham does.

Regardless of how the game turned out (bad) and how the players performed (poor), it was a terrible decision for them to travel to Miami on the Sunday/Monday before a playoff game. First and foremost, it set in motion the dreaded “D"word for sports teams — distraction.

Beckham and his boat mates can claim until they're big blue in the face that their trip had no effect, but that's simply untrue.

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The immediate impact was last week's torrent of tabloid headlines in the nation's biggest market followed by constant questioning during the week. And when the end result was a loss, in which the players in question did not play well, it became the worst-case scenario. Beckham, Shepard, Cruz and Lewis now have no one to blame but themselves and their bad judgment.

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The best player on the New York Giants ' roster is Odell Beckham Jr . Giants GM Jerry Reese echoed as much on Monday when he spoke out on Beckham and his lack of maturity. You know the story by now: They partied with Justin Bieber, hung out on a boat with Trey Songz. No player in the NFL has ever proposed to a kicking net, but Beckham has. He's not the only one to (allegedly) punch

The best player on the New York Giants ' roster is Odell Beckham Jr . Giants GM Jerry Reese echoed as much on Monday when he spoke out on Beckham and his lack of maturity. You know the story by now: They partied with Justin Bieber, hung out on a boat with Trey Songz. No player in the NFL has ever proposed to a kicking net, but Beckham has. He's not the only one to (allegedly) punch

While some might say a hot Aaron Rodgers was destined to beat the Giants, the reality is Beckham and Shepard's drops of potential first-half touchdown passes (along with a key, early third-down drop by Beckham) prevented the Giants from opening up a large lead that may have been difficult for the Packers to overcome.

I also believe the Miami trip and resulting media circus put extra pressure on Beckham and his boat mates, as they badly wanted to play well to calm the storm. Instead, they probably were pressing, which could have contributed to the dropsies.

But the overriding question remains: Why open up a can of worms and give anyone a reason to question commitment and focus?

I'm sure Giants execs and coaches, along with player leaders such as Eli Manning, would have preferred the four players spend New Year's Day plusthe Monday after resting in New York and studying video of the Packers' defense. I highly doubt any of that went on in Miami.

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I realize that, with the exception of the 30-year-old Cruz, we're talking about young guys in their low 20s who seemingly had time to recover from a night of little sleep and likely several alcoholic beverages. But an airplane is a prime spot to pick up cold and flu germs, so it's never a good idea to bring extra travel into play, especially during the week of a playoff game. And for Beckham, Shepard and Lewis, it was their first playoff game. Preparation should have been their priorities.

But, again, the simple creation of this mammoth distraction made it a bad call. Even if Beckham and Shepard had great games with no dropped balls, the players still would have come off as having a lack of focus and misplaced priorities. Beckham's sub-par game with only four catches on 11 targets for 28 yards was abysmal for a Pro Bowl receiver on the big stage of the playoffs.

And Cruz, as the veteran of the group, should be taking more heat since he should have been smart enough to talk the others out of making the trip. With his injury history and coming off a 39-catch season while scheduled to make over $7 million next season, he might have sealed his departure from the Giants.

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Between two NFL wild-card games and the Golden Globes, Twitter users had plenty of material to work with to end their weekend. However, some of the best jokes of the day were at the expense of Odell Beckham Jr . and the rest of the New York Giants . Odell Beckham Jr . is the. Best Of All Time. — Tom Keiser (@keisertroll) January 9, 2017. However, R&B singer Trey Songz, who joined the Giants wideouts on the party boat , shut everyone down with one simple reminder. DB's weren't on the yacht. Just a lil FYI.

The rookie Shepard, a second-round pick, will be given a chance to get his act together after a good rookie year (65 catches and eight touchdowns). As for the undrafted rookie Lewis, a roster bubble player who had seven catches this season, it definitely was not a wise move to get caught up in this mess.

During my career, I dealt with several incidents involving players who put themselves in bad situations on their days off during the season (and more often during the offseason) … but never on the week before a playoff game. Plus, things are much different today than they were when I worked in the league, with everyone now having cell phone cameras and immediate access to social media sites. It's very difficult for players to fly under the radar in their off-field activities, particularly for stars like Beckham.

When I met with our team every year at training camp, I would tell them they are living life in the fish bowl, with people watching their every move and ready to embarrass them if given the opportunity. I would quote Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, who said, "Never do anything to put yourself or the organization in a bad light."

My final statement would be, "Always act like a professional on and off the field."

Beckham at least realizes that the ill-conceived trip created a firestorm.

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"I think it did a great job creating distractions for us," he said. " It's unfortunate. It did a great job of putting it in people's mind, 'OK, now if the Giants lose it's because you went to Miami.’”

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Beckham has been a lightning rod of controversy over the past couple seasons, with on-field fights, diva behavior and other antics, including allegedly punching a hole in the Lambeau Field wall after the playoff loss.

He’ll have to listen to criticism of his Miami trip and poor play against Packers loss until next season. It may even stick with him until he helps lead his team to a playoff victory.

Meanwhile, he'll need to do lots of fence mending with Giants brass, coaches and some of his teammates, as will the other three players.

Let's hope Beckham, being the great talent and exciting player he is, quickly matures and learns from his mistakes. He especially needs to understand there's plenty of time to travel and party after the season.

As it turns out, all he had to do was wait one week.

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.

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Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly puts hole in wall after playoff loss .
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