Odell Beckham needs to finally learn the difference between intentions and appearances

Odell Beckham needs to finally learn the difference between intentions and appearances

John Mara already said Giants ownership intends to pay Odell Beckham Jr. big bucks on a new contract sooner rather than later, so this discussion could be moot.

But the fact is that until Beckham gets paid, it is fair to wonder how every move he makes, every word he says, every game he misses and anything he does off the field could factor into whether the Giants stay true to their word or change their minds, and how any developments could affect Beckham's value if they do commit.

This is worth discussing now because Beckham reportedly was out dancing and partying with NBA star Russell Westbrook in Manhattan the night after the Giants' Week 1 loss in Dallas on Sept. 10, a game that Beckham sat out due to a sprained left ankle he originally injured on Aug. 21.

Beckham said this past week that his dancing on a Giants off-day was mischaracterized and overblown, and there is no reason not to take him at his word.

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But again, Beckham seems unacquainted with the difference between intentions and appearances, a lesson he presumably would have learned from that January boat and party trip to Miami six days prior to playoff annihilation in Green Bay.

These are different situations, and no one begrudges an injured 24-year-old superstar — unable to play the sport he loves and undergoing constant therapy — from unwinding on an off-night.

However, the point is that Beckham knows who he is, what type of attention he draws, and he also certainly knows that after his mistake last January, he is expected to show maturation in his understanding of appearances and how the decisions he makes can reflect upon him and the Giants.

Mara, co-owner Steve Tisch and GM Jerry Reese, frankly, would not be doing their jobs if they did not at least ask Beckham what this is about. If they aren't going to ask Beckham, they need to ask his agent.

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Odell Beckham's off-field distractions can't be helping his contract value. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

There was a more pressing issue at hand heading into Monday night's home opener against the Detroit Lions: how long the ankle will keep Beckham sidelined. But the bigger picture involves monitoring these off-field decisions within the context of the contract talks.

Beckham's people are saying nothing on the record right now. For all we know, the Giants and Beckham's agent could be in the middle of negotiations as we speak. Such secrecy would be normal, and it's hard to believe the Giants eventually won't pay Beckham in the neighborhood of five years and $100 million, with more than half guaranteed.

What wasn't normal, though, was head coach Ben McAdoo's refusal on Thursday to comment on the report that Beckham had been out dancing one night after McAdoo monitored Beckham's tender ankle on the field in Arlington, Tex., before ruling him out for an eventual 19-3 Giants loss.

McAdoo only would say Beckham had been "limited" in Thursday's practice. If the coach had an opinion on Beckham's nightlife, he wasn't about to share it. But if McAdoo actually believes that such a story is a non-issue, then that would enable and condone Beckham's decision and behavior. And it's just hard to believe McAdoo would be naïve enough to think it was in his best interest to do so.

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When you think about, it's really hard to believe, given how much drama has followed Beckham since the spring, that's it's only Week 2 of the NFL season. It feels like a whole season's worth already has passed.

First Beckham skipped all 10 of the Giants' voluntary OTA practices to make a statement about wanting a new contract. Then he showed at the Giants' mandatory minicamp and did little to quell the controversy, while expounding on the mental calmness he had found in a reflective offseason.

Days before training camp, Beckham (coincidentally, right) released a video in which he said he wants to be the highest paid player ever in the NFL. Then he reported to camp and practiced well, only to then get hurt in his first and only preseason appearance in Cleveland on Aug. 21.

Beckham sustained his ankle injury in Week 1 of the preseason against the Browns. (David Richard/AP)

He collapsed in the tunnel in Cleveland after the injury. Plenty of people accused him of milking it for the ESPN cameras. Beckham then flipped the script and was happy after the game. He even mocked a question about whether he'd be ready to play in Week 1. But it turns out the next day reality set in, and the injury was as serious as it had looked right after Browns safety Briean Boddy-Calhoun's dangerous low hit.

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The Giants have played to the public's uncertainty about Beckham's injury as long as possible, making him a game-time decision for Week 1 in Dallas despite that it would have meant a return less than three weeks from an injury that was supposed to take six-to-eight weeks to heal.

Oh, and there was Beckham this week finally making that reality public: this high ankle sprain normally is supposed to take a person six weeks to heal. Monday's game against the Lions would mark only four weeks out from the injury and brought another must-see Beckham pre-game warmup to monitor his status.

It's been all Odell all the time, even with him nowhere near the field. It certainly doesn't hurt Beckham's value that the Giants couldn't score a touchdown without him in Week 1; but it also can't help that he is reportedly out dancing after missing that same game.

To put one conspiracy theory to bed right now: many fans asked after Week 1 if Beckham is staying out of games to make a point about his value and to get a new contract. That couldn't be further from the truth: Beckham wants to play more than anything.

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But then again, those are the questions that arise when you skip OTAs for the same reason, and then are reportedly out dancing the night after missing a game.

Appearances matter.

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