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Giants’ QB Eli Manning says he isn’t sick of WR Odell Beckham Jr.

16 OCT 2016: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) back to pass during the game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens played at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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New York Giants’ WR Odell Beckham is notorious for doing everything he can to get attention, and QB Eli Manning was asked about it recently. He said “you can get real sick of it,” which people took to mean that Manning himself was sick of Beckham’s antics. Yesterday, though, he backed off on that stance a bit, saying:

“I’m not tired of it. Thought y’all might get tired of it. That was my comment. It’s up to you, and maybe thought it was me. But I’m talking about you. I’m fine with it.”

So when Manning said “you can get real sick of it,” he apparently didn’t mean “you” in the more general sense, implying that he was tired of it, but literally meant “you” as in the reporter that he was talking to at the time. That’s a bit strange, but things do sometimes come across differently in print than in conversation.

He went on to add that he and Beckham were close, saying:

“I’m not trying to make comments about him. I get asked about him a lot, so I have to comment about it. I’m not trying. Odell and I have a great relationship. We talk about a lot of things. On the same page, he knows I’m always looking out for him, and he understands you can say things and it kind of can be taken one way.”

He also noted that he’d like the WR to do whatever he wants if it helps him stay on the top of his game:

“I want him to play well. I want him to make plays. I want him to have celebrations and dances, and I’m fine with that. I want the team to go out there and win games. It was a fun locker room after the game, exciting locker room. It should be all positive stuff.”

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