November 28, 2020

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Gregg Williams rips Odell Beckham by referencing…

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Gregg Williams rips Odell Beckham by referencing...


Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer a member of the New York Giants, but somehow the link continues to hang on by the skin of its teeth.

Part of that can be attributed to Beckham’s repeated shots at the Giants, while another part can be attributed to the compare and contrast nature of sports fans — how is Beckham doing in Cleveland in comparison to how Giants receivers and safety Jabrill Peppers are doing in East Rutherford.

However, the entire situation took a strange twist this week as Beckham ripped New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for life-changing injuries that the superstar receiver felt were deliberate.

“I had players on this team telling me that’s what he was telling them to do: take me out of the game, and it’s preseason,” Beckham told reporters. “So you just know who he is. That’s the man who’s calling the plays.

“I had people who were here when he was here telling [them], ‘If you get a chance, take a shot at him. If you can hurt him, I guarantee he’s going to leave the game hurt,’ and stuff like that.”

“It’s something that I’ll never forget. It’s something that changed my life forever.”

To Beckham’s defense, he’s twice had run-ins with Williams — first in 2014 when the Giants played the then-St. Louis Rams, and then again in 2017 when, somewhat ironically, Williams was with the Cleveland Browns.

In 2014 against the Rams, Beckham was on the receiving end of various questionable and late hits, eventually leading to a massive on-field brawl that nearly spilled into the stands.

The second incident — a 2017 preseason game against the Browns — nearly cost Beckham the season. He suffered a serious ankle injury on a wildly questionable hit from Briean Boddy-Calhoun, which kept him out in Week 2 and, in reality, should have kept him out longer.

So, other than being a member of the Giants at the time, how does Big Blue suddenly find themselves as a part of this spat?

Well, New York fans — both green and blue — can thank Williams for that.

During a line of questioning about Beckham’s comments on Friday, Williams opted to drag the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman into things, implying that New York thought so little of Beckham that they were willing to ship him off for just about nothing.

“That’s your opinion. What’s New York’s opinion, the Giants’ opinion? What did the Giants do? That’s not a question for me,” Williams snapped in response to a question about how dynamic a player Beckham is.

Although there is clear bad blood between the Giants and Beckham at this point, you have to take his side over Williams here. First and foremost, no one in New York has ever questioned Beckham’s athletic skill — not once, not ever. Moreover, Williams is well-known as a dirty coach stemming back long before BountyGate and his suspension with the New Orleans Saints, and some would argue he persists with that level of dirty play even today.

Even against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, several players were seen making questionable and, in some cases, blatantly late hits against quarterback Josh Allen & Co. And while Williams denies ever being part of a bounty system — yes, he literally denied that on Friday — it’s clear that little has changed in his approach to the game.

Beckham has a right to be wary. He’s the biggest superstar on the field and that’s exactly who Williams wants (and has wanted) taken out. Unfortunately for Beckham, he now appears to be playing right into Williams’ arrogant hands.

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