Giants fans come for OBJ on Twitter after he says he felt 'stuck' in New York

Blake SchusterYahoo Sports Contributor

As bad breakups go, the one between New York Giants fans and Odell Beckham Jr. seems to keep dragging on.

And it’s mostly Giants fans who aren’t ready to move on. New York supporters jumped into Beckham’s mentions on social media after the wideout gave an interview to Complex.com that briefly touched on his exit from the Big Apple.

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“I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore,” Beckham said. “I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit. I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role.

“... I’m trying to achieve growth. I want to release myself from my past and have a fresh start. I’ve been waiting to explode in games, and I’ve been working extremely hard to get take my game to the next level. That’s exactly what I think I can do at the Browns.”

That’s a pretty straightforward approach to moving on from a bad situation and trying to start over, right? Well not if you’re a Giants fan who thinks Beckham is somehow to blame both for the team’s misfortunes and the breakup that sent him to Cleveland. Specifically, the part about being “stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore” seems to have struck a nerve.

So much so that Beckham has been responding to critics on Twitter by both defending his comments — as if there’s anything in there that warrants a defense — and telling fans to move on.

Players change teams all the time. Even great ones. The way things ended in New York were unfortunate but it’s hard to blame Beckham for feeling stuck. Quarterback Eli Manning wasn’t getting any younger or better and had he stayed he’d be working as the primary target on offense for either Manning or rookie Daniel Jones. Maybe that’s better for fans, but it’s hard to see how it helps Beckham’s career the way lining up with the likes of Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb does.

To say Beckham was taking shots at the Giants is wildly overstating things and after all the good times he had in New York it’s easy to see why fans suggesting otherwise would be frustrating to him.

BEREA, OH - JUNE 5, 2019: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.#13 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/cleveland/" data-ylk="slk:Cleveland Browns">Cleveland Browns</a> speaks during a press conference after a mandatory mini camp practice on June 5, 2019 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 5, 2019: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.#13 of the Cleveland Browns speaks during a press conference after a mandatory mini camp practice on June 5, 2019 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

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