Eli Manning isn't as up in arms about Odell Beckham Jr.'s recent touchdown celebration penalty as you may have thought.
The Giants suffered a bad loss to division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, however, it wasn't an overall bad game for Beckham. He hauled in nine catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. One of Beckham's touchdown celebrations didn't sit too well with the National Football League (NFL), as the young receiver lifted up his leg to mimic a dog urinating. Giants owner John Mara expressed displeasure with Beckham's actions but didn't want to go into it any further than that.
Reporters spoke to quarterback Eli Manning over the issue to get his take on the celebration, and while many thought the longtime vet would sympathize with Mara's comments, he actually didn't seem to be too upset with the actions at all.
Manning expressed more displeasure with the fact that his team was penalized rather than the actual actions of Beckham (quotes via NFL.com):
"I didn't see the celebration when it occurred. I knew we were penalized, but I didn't know why it occurred. Penalties, you can't have penalties. That's that simple and so on all aspects of it, we have to eliminate those."
When asked if he was unhappy with Beckham's antics, Manning said unhappy wouldn't necessarily b the word he'd use, and simply stated that everyone needs to be a little smarter when on the field:
"No. I want him to go out there and play hard obviously. It's part of being smart in all aspects of penalties. I don't think unhappy is the word.
"Just everybody has to be a little smarter and in this situation when things are tough and we're trying to find ways to get wins and we have to grind and we're catching some bad breaks and things aren't going our way, we can't afford to make it harder on ourselves."
What are your thoughts on Manning's comments regarding Beckham's on-field antics? Should Manning have voiced up against the ridiculous celebration? Or is his reluctance to chastise his young receiver justified? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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