Eli Manning backpedals about being 'sick' of Beckham's antics

So now Eli Manning doesn’t mind Odell Beckham Jr.’s antics one bit, and he has no problem with his mercurial wide receiver’s new fiancee. Now, Eli Manning isn’t “sick” of anything about Beckham, even if just a day earlier on the radio he’d finally sounded at his wits’ end.

Welcome to the latest round of Odell Beckham’s messy soap opera (or “side drama,” as a slightly frustrated Manning finally put it), the part where a Giants’ two-time Super Bowl-winning QB no longer knows exactly what to say.

On Tuesday, Manning was at his indecisive worst when trying to explain how he felt about Beckham, continuing a confounding pattern throughout the Giants organization, a pattern that’s enabled an uber-talented receiver to transform the Big Blue sideline into “Daze of Our Lives.” Taking a page from Beckham’s playbook, Manning blamed everyone else for taking his comments on Monday about how he could get “real sick” of his star teammate out of context.

“No, I’m not tired of it,” he said of Beckham’s antics. “I thought ya’ll might get tired of it. That was my comment. Talking about you. I’m fine with it. He’s doing a lot of good things. He’s playing the game the right way.”

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“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,” he added.

It was more of what the Giants have done throughout these three years of babysitting Beckham, more inconsistent messages sent to a receiver who doesn’t care for any message except the ones he delivers in “Head and Shoulders” ads and tweets. Nobody in East Rutherford can take a stand against Odell Beckham Jr., not even his typically no-nonsense quarterback.

One moment, workaholic head coach Ben McAdoo calls his star a “distraction,” then days later, he claims Beckham is nothing of the sort. On Monday, Manning admitted on WFAN that “you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays” (and those are Manning’s words, not ours). On Tuesday, he’s all ready to be best man at the Beckham-Kicking Net wedding.

“Odell and I have a great relationship,” he said. “We talk about a lot of things. He knows I’m always looking out for him . . . Odell and I are on the same page.”

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It’s a page all about enabling, apparently, a page that’s encouraging the receiver to be increasingly brazen, so much so that ESPN cameras appeared to catch him mouthing “fine me” on Sunday. And it’s a page that Manning keeps fighting to stay on, even if it’s obvious that he doesn’t like at least some of Beckham’s antics.

Odell Beckham’s excessiveness continued with his net proposal Sunday.

Odell Beckham’s excessiveness continued with his net proposal Sunday.

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He seemed tired of the constant Beckham questions on Tuesday, and at one point, after a barrage of Odell queries, the PR person quietly begged for “any questions about anything else,” to no avail. And even if he’s not “sick” of all these celebrations, Manning does desperately want Beckham to avoid penalties like the 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct gift that set up the Ravens’ almost-but-not-quite final drive.

“Just gotta make sure your celebrations and what not are not doing things that are hurting the team in any way,” he said.

That’s all especially important this Sunday, when the Giants face the Rams on Sunday and when Beckham goes head-to-head with the Gregg Williams-led defense that goaded him into his first career fight two years ago. It was in St. Louis during Beckham’s rookie season that a late hit on the receiver led Beckham to fight linebacker Alec Ogletree, sparking a mini-brawl.

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Manning, who asked his teammates to play “smart” five times on Tuesday, almost certainly doesn’t want Beckham to repeat those antics. And deep down, he finally admitted, he’s not crazy about his receiver’s choice of bride, either.

“I think the net’s kind of played it’s part,” he said, trying his best to bring humor to this whole nightmare. “We can move on from the net personally.”

But how would Odell Beckham celebrate if not with the kicking net?

“You’d have to ask him,” Manning said. “I don’t know. I’m not in that business. I’m not creative enough to propose to a net.”

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That, of course, is precisely why Beckham now runs the Giants’ show.

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