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Giants' GM Jerry Reese to Odell Beckham: It's time to grow up

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1/10/2017 8:01:37 AM
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Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't pull any punches when he sat down with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday morning, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Beckham again is under fire for his inability to control his emotions after he punched a hole in a wall outside of the visitors' locker room at Lambeau Stadium following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Packers in the Wild-Card round. Reese's message to his talented, but impetuous star player: It's time to grow up.

"We all had to grow up at different times in our lives. I think it's time for him to do that," Reese said after the team wrapped up the season with exit interviews on Monday. "He's been here for three years now. He's 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's got to be responsible for those things. We'll talk through it. I know he's a smart guy. I believe he understands that he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise. I think he'll accept that responsibility."

Punching the wall on Sunday was the latest in a long line of outbursts from Beckham this season. It's clear that the organization is growing tired of the 24-year-old's antics.

"I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does," Reese said. "Everybody knows he's a gifted player, but there's some things that he's done that he needs to look at himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about some of the things that he's done. I think he'll do that. We'll help him with that, but he has to help himself and we believe he'll do that. He's a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn't do smart things."

Reese said the team is conducting its own investigation into what happened on Sunday night outside the locker room. Reese was sitting in a chair about 100 feet down the hall with a closed door between him and the scene of Beckham's eruption.

Reese said the team will hold Beckham responsible after it gets all of the information about what happened.

"It comes down to him being responsible," Reese said. "We'll definitely one-thousand percent hold him accountable for that."


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