New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree has confirmed that his controversy with star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is over.
In a Week 16 game between the Rams and Giants, Ogletree shoved Beckham out of bounds late after a play. He then proceeded to deliver another push thereafter. This sparked an entire brawl between players of both teams. Former Giants defensive linemen Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins were thus ejected, along with former Giants receiver Preston Parker.
Although it being over three years later, Ogletree coming to New York definitely rekindled some concerns in that regard. The inside linebacker has therefore made it a goal to put these burdens to rest.
In an interview on Thursday with Sirius XM NFL Radio, per Kevin Haswell of Big Blue View, Ogletree mentioned the entire situation is behind everybody. When asked if he already buried the hatchet with OBJ when he came to New York, Ogletree responded professionally.
“It’s been buried,” Ogletree said. “I’ve seen him plenty of times before being traded to him and we never had no beef, just competition on the field. I respect his game and he respects my game.”
The former Ram was traded to the Giants in early March for fourth and sixth-round picks in this year’s draft. The Giants thus received the former second-team All-Pro linebacker, as well as a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Ogletree brings an immense amount of talent to this new 3-4 defense headed by new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The off-the-field issues he possibly could have with Beckham among other Giants were one of the few affairs. However, the beef being behind all of them can only be a beneficial aspect for their overall teammate chemistry.