Ben McAdoo is tired of answering questions about Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Giants coach showed remarkable patience Thursday in a radio interview with WFAN host Mike Francesa. McAdoo endured over six minutes of Francesa badgering him about Beckham, who got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
"Listen, Mike, we’re talking about this thing until we’re blue in the face," McAdoo said about two-and-a-half minutes into the interview. "The more we talk about it, the more it comes up."
Beckham, who threw a sideline tantrum a week earlier against the Washington Redskins, got into verbal and physical altercations with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who baited Beckham into the 15-yard penalty. Beckham's anger issues on the field courted national attention last year when he drew three personal foul penalties while facing the Carolina Panthers and cornerback Josh Norman.
Francesa repeatedly asked McAdoo when the Giants are doing during games to calm down the passionate Beckham.
"All discussions between Odell and I, they stay private between ourselves," McAdoo replied to one inquiry. "Listen, I’ve got this young man’s back."
Francesa began the interview by asking the first-year head coach if he was bothered by former Giants coach Tom Coughlin calling Beckham "a distraction." McAdoo, who was Coughlin's offensive coordinator for two seasons, had previously stated Beckham was becoming a distraction. He side-stepped the question, but Francesa asked him if Coughlin saying he'd like to help Beckham was "interfering" with the team.
McAdoo replied with a simple, "No," and repeatedly tried to steer the conversation toward New York's upcoming game at Green Bay.
Francesa then asked McAdoo about a report that claimed Beckham was told another meltdown would lead to his benching or even a suspension.
"That's news to me," McAdoo said. "That did not come from me. It'd have to come from my mouth and it did not come from my mouth."
Things quickly became contentious with Francesa talking over McAdoo and telling the coach he's doing a "lousy job" managing Beckham.
"I’m going to gather that you condone his behavior," Francesa added.
To which McAdoo replied, "If you’re willing to put words into my mouth, then you can put words in my mouth."
Finally, Francesa moved on from Beckham, saying, "We're not getting anywhere with this."