New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he believes teammate Odell Beckham Jr. needs to control his emotions more in order to reach his full potential as a star, he said on WFAN, according to the New York Post.
"I think he's on track to reach his full potential,'' Cruz said. "But I think having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard, whether it's continued negative press or whatever the case may be. He has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard after games like that.''
Cruz, who joined Beckham on the wide receivers' trip to Miami following the Giants' regular-season finale, defended the trip as a day off before they returned to practice that Tuesday in preparation for the wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers.
"This isn't something that was a mystery to me or something I was shocked at," Cruz said. "I understood where we were going and what we were doing. It was all on our day off in good fun. So there is nothing with that. I think it gets really over-hyped, for whatever reason.''
The trip, which has been highly scrutinized by fans and media but downplayed by teammates, was a hot topic throughout the week leading up to the Giants' 38-13 loss in the wild-card game.
While Beckham fielded questions at a postgame press conference -- and answered them all -- he allegedly punched a hole in a Lambeau Field wall after the game in frustration.
His other outbursts, which include shoving a kicking net earlier this season, to his one-game suspension in 2015 stemming from his on-field battle with then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, led GM Jerry Reese to say Beckham needed to "grow up."
"I think he is very, very hard on himself, almost to a fault,'' Cruz said.
But to Cruz, Beckham is still a team-first player.
"Obviously Odell and I are brothers and great friends," Cruz said. "That's never going to change for anyone."