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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants reportedly fed up with Odell Beckham Jr., threatening suspension

10.07.16 at 8:53 am ET

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Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.

— The Giants apparently have had enough of Odell Beckham’s antics.

If the wide receiver has another outburst during Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team reportedly will consider benching and/or suspending him.

Beckham is prone to meltdowns. On Monday he was flagged for taunting and scuffled multiple times with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. This prompted Beckham to say after the game he no longer enjoys playing football.

Giants punter Brad Wing, who also was Beckham’s teammate at LSU, has a theory as to what causes Beckham to fly off the handle.

“I think it’s from within himself,” Wing said. “I think it’s when he gets frustrated that he’s not performing to the height of his level. It’s not what anyone else is doing.’’

The only person who can get Beckham back on track is Beckham himself, and he looks to do so in Week 5.

“I think I just have to control what I can control,” Beckham said Thursday. “I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that.”

— On the topic of Beckham, Giants coach Ben McAdoo got into a heated exchange with WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa on Thursday afternoon when Francesa asked McAdoo about Beckham’s behavior.

Francesca: “I think you guys are doing a lousy job with him. I don’t think you’re getting him anywhere better. He was out of control again the other night.”

McAdoo: “When was he out of control?”

Francesca: “Did you see him pick up that penalty? You think that was a good penalty he picked up there?”

McAdoo: “No penalty is a good penalty.”

Francesca: “Well, do you think his reaction was realistic to what went on during the game?”

McAdoo: “Where’d the flag come from?”

Francesca: “What do you mean, ‘Where did the flag come from?’ ”

And on and on in circles it went. The organization publicly is supporting Beckham but clearly is tired of defending his antics.

— Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber tested positive for cocaine just weeks before he was to compete in the Olympics. It seemed his biggest dream was about to come crashing down.

But it turns out this guy has the most amazing alibi of any athlete who ever failed a drug test.

Barber, 22, was facing a four-year ban, but after he testified, the court determined he inadvertently ingested the cocaine.

And he did so in a way you wouldn’t expect.

On July 8, Barber went on Craigslist and sent out a request for a “professional” woman without drugs or diseases to meet him in his hotel for sex. A woman responded and met up with Barber the night before Canada’s national championships in which Barber ended up winning the Canadian pole vaulting title.

Little did Barber know the woman drank heavily and snorted cocaine before their encounter. Barber claims he ingested the woman’s cocaine through kissing her. The woman said she feels “horrible about what happened.”

Barber still went to Rio to compete, but didn’t perform well. He made it to the final round but finished 10th overall, but learned a valuable lesson in the process.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hey, listen, this is not over yet. We’ve got plenty of games to play.” — David Ortiz, after the Red Sox’ loss in Game 1 of the ALDS

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In Game 3 of the ALCS in Oakland, starter Rick Wise and reliever Dick Drago pitch the Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Athletics as Boston sweeps the series against the three-time defending World Series champions.

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