WFAN radio host Mike Francesa very clearly has a beef with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and openly celebrated when the New York Giants shipped him off to the Cleveland Browns.
For years, Francesa seemed almost obsessed with Beckham the person as opposed to covering Beckham the player, and earlier this week, he finally broke down and explained why.
In a video hosted by Draft Kings, Francesa alleges that Beckham once blew off team function he was paid to attend because Francesa was serving as the MC of the event.
“The Giants were sick of Beckham. That’s what happened. They’re sick of Beckham. That’s what it was,” Francesa said. “They finally got to the point — I was sick of him years ago — but they finally got to that point.
“Listen, I went after him hard. I had run-ins with him, where he didn’t show up at a Giants function where I was asked to MC it. There were 1,100 people there, including 700 kids, and he was paid $25,000 for the breakfast by the Giants. It was a Giant-run breakfast. Eleven Giants showed up. He didn’t. And that’s just typical of what he got away with year after year here.”
Francesa added that Beckham refused to talk to him in recent years, so that just made him go harder on the wide receiver.
“So I went round and round with him, he and I had our moments,” Francesa continued. “No confrontations, we were never in the same place, but he refused to talk to me the last couple of years and I was very hard on him. I admit it.”
Following Francesa’s latest anti-Beckham rant and a few additional shots at others, former Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison decided to chime in with his own Francesa experience, calling the radio host “senile.”
Objectivity goes out the window when reporters and radio hosts make or take things personal, which Francesa openly admits to doing. His takes on Beckham, Harrison and others stem directly from his non-work interactions and for that reason, everything he says must be taken with a grain of salt.
With both Beckham and Harrison gone, the question now becomes: which Giant will Francesa get into an unprofessional personal battle with next?