Odell Beckham: ‘I’m Not Having Fun Anymore’ Playing Football


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Just about any wide receiver on the planet would be happy with amassing 303 yards through the first four games of the season.

Not Odell Beckham.

The New York Giants receiver is on a 16-game pace for a career-low in receiving yards despite playing just 12 games in 2013 and 15 in 2014.

He also has yet to catch a touchdown after snagging 25 of them through his first 27 games. Shockingly, he says football is a lot less fun when he's not finding success.

"Football is my sanctuary," Beckham said in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday. "It's where I go to escape. It's where I'm most happy. I'm not having fun anymore."

Just over a week ago, Beckham melted down on the sidelines during the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins, getting jacked up in the face by the kicker's practice net then crying while the game's outcomes was still in the air. Then this week, on Monday Night Football, Beckham drew an unsportsmanlike taunting penalty after continued physical play from Minnesota Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes.

He caught for a career-low 23 yards in the loss.

"What I'm communicating, we're not doing," he said of possible offensive adjustments made by the team on the sideline. "I'm not getting the opportunities to contribute, and that's frustrating to me."

When asked about Beckham's displeasure with his role in the offense, Giants coach Ben McAdoo told reporters, "I have no response."

After Week 3, McAdoo warned Beckham not to make himself a distraction for the team, but he didn't classify the wideout's actions on Monday night as such.

"It was not a distraction," McAdoo said. "Two competitive players playing the game."