You can’t blame Sterling Shepard for needing a few days to sort out his emotions after the Odell Beckham stunner.
The whole NFL world is still buzzing about the blockbuster deal that sent Big Blue’s biggest star to the Cleveland Browns for picks and a player.
Shepard took to Instagram Saturday to finally spill his emotions.
“It’s taken a few days for me to process what happened,” Shepard wrote in his caption along side a photo of the pair on the bench in their Giant whites. “You have been more than a friend and a mentor you are my BROTHER. Miles between us but brothers 4 life!”
The Beckham deal brought back the Browns’ first-round pick, a third-round pick and then safety Jabrill Peppers.
Despite Giants GM Dave Gettleman’s “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him” line from last month, it became clear Big Blue got tired of OBJ’s act and wanted him gone.
The Giants had to be a little worried last season that Beckham’s antics might have been rubbing off too much on his pal Sterling.
Sterling, the third-year wideout from Oklahoma, had a Beckham-like tantrum during an October game vs. the Panthers. He was caught by FOX cameras punching the Giants’ bench and throwing a cardboard trash can after an Eli Manning red-zone interception.
“It was just built-up frustration,” Shepard said days later. “I also had some family stuff going on before the game. But it was just built-up frustration. I really wanted to win that game, and I felt it slipping away at that moment, and I let the emotions get the best of me.”
NBC “Sunday Night Football” analyst Rodney Harrison went as far as to stay that Beckham’s immaturity was “starting to affect the young guys.”