“I forever will have love for the New York fans,” responded when asked if he feared his brand shrinking with the move from New York to Cleveland. “They gave me my first home. But there’s this sense of entitlement — like I was made there. And in my head, that was the first place I had the opportunity to show the world what God had set out for me to do. It didn’t matter where I was at. Now, did it help that it was Sunday Night Football for the New York Giants versus the Dallas Cowboys? One thousand percent. But The Catch happened around the entire world. I feel like it wouldn’t matter where I was at-once you got hooked onto who I was and what I was doing. And who knows? If I was in another place, you don’t know if the numbers would’ve been more or less.”
Beckham reiterated his reaction to getting traded from New York to Cleveland, which he Tweeted in the spring, that he felt “disrespected” the team didn’t keep him in the loop throughout the process.
“My initial reaction was not disappointment…. I felt disrespected,” Beckham said of the trade. “Like, after everything I’ve done for them. This is me being honest: This team has not been good for the last six years. Period. Even the year we went to the playoffs and everyone was talking about this and that. And we went there, and I didn’t have a great playoff game. Don’t get me wrong, I had a terrible game. But I left the game with seven targets, and I’m supposed to be your number one receiver. I left the game with seven targets. We lost. They scored 40 points. It’s just all bad. I felt disrespected, because I felt like I was a main reason at keeping that brand alive. They were getting prime-time games, still, as a 5-and-11 team. Why? Because people want to see the show. You want to see me play. That’s just real rap. I’m not sitting here like, “It’s because of me.” But let’s just be real. That’s why we’re still getting prime-time games. I felt disrespected they weren’t even man enough to even sit me down to my face and tell me what’s going on.”
Beckham made it clear he places the blame for the frustrating situation on Giants GM Dave Gettleman.
“The GM,” Beckham responded when asked who ‘they’ meant. “And I’ll forever have respect for [Giantspresident and CEO] Mr. Mara. Everything he’s ever done for me, he’s shown nothing but love. Even when we were having our talks, it was coming from a place of love. I could always feel it. So I’ll forever have respect for him. But then to be called like that and then be texted by your coach and be like, “Oh, yeah, I heard the news.” Yeah, you heard the news? It happened because of you. The reason I’m gone is because of you. It was just tough because of the way I initially felt. On the other side of it, I was excited about a new start because I had been-honestly, I had been praying to God the season before this season for a change.”
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) July 22, 2019
Why rehash this.
Such a receiver thing to do.
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