Should Odell Beckham Jr. & Other Giants Players Be Criticized For Partying In Miami Prior To Playoff Game?
The New York Giants have a huge playoff game coming up on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The Giants will be traveling to Green Bay to do battle with the Packers, and they’re going to have a tall task on their hands seeing as how Aaron Rodgers & Co. have been playing some of their best football of the season over the last six weeks. The Giants are going to have to come up with the perfect game plan and execute it to near-perfection if they want to have any chance of beating the Packers.
Several Giants players started off their week thinking about everything except football, though. Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis—the Giants’ four main wide receivers—took a trip to Miami shortly after beating the Washington Redskins in their final regular season game on Sunday afternoon, and they spent 24 hours partying with Justin Bieber and other celebrities at a nightclub before heading out on a boat with Trey Songz and a handful of lovely young ladies on Monday afternoon. It looks like they really enjoyed themselves, and Cruz even posted the photo above on Instagram to show what a good time they were having.
The problem, of course, is that not everyone was happy with what the Giants players did on their off day. Yes, it was an off day, but with the Packers on the horizon, shouldn’t the players have been home studying their playbooks or, at the very least, in the same state as the rest of their team? Surely they shouldn’t be celebrating like they just won the Super Bowl before they’ve even taken a single step towards reaching that goal.
The truth is that this really isn’t that big of a deal, and people should lay off the Giants players. It was their day off, and if they hadn’t been hanging out in Miami, they probably would have been partying and hanging out somewhere in New York City. Just like anyone who works for a living, they have to blow off some steam every now and then, too; it just so happens that they can afford to do it on a whim in Miami.
If the Giants players did anything wrong here, it’s that they chose to post photos and videos on social media to show what a good time they were having. Even if those within the Giants organization didn’t have an issue with the trip to Miami—and all indications are that the players’ coaches and teammates didn’t care that they took the trip—the Packers definitely took notice and will use the Giants’ trip as one more source of motivation heading into Sunday’s playoff game.
So you can criticize them for putting up evidence of their trip on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. But as long as the players come ready to play on Sunday, who cares what they did the rest of the week?