ORLANDO - Giants co-owner Steve Tisch is not worried about what he called a "hypothetical" threat of an Odell Beckham Jr. holdout, nor was he concerned about the "background noise" of his star receiver being caught on video with what looked like drugs.
And while he conceded there could be a point where all these Beckham-related controversies will become too much for the Giants, he insisted they're not at that point just yet.
"I think there's a fine line between when it's good for business and when that line is crossed and it can become bad for business," Tisch said. "When too much becomes too much, I think everybody's aware of it. And I hope we don't get to that point and cross that line."
The Giants and Beckham certainly seemed to have teetered on that line in recent days and weeks, beginning with that viral video that showed Beckham in bed with a model, a pepperoni pizza, and what looked to be drugs. On Sunday, Giants co-owner John Mara expressed his frustrations with Beckham's seemingly endless controversies, and refused to commit to him even being on the team in 2018.
Then, on Monday morning, a report from NFL Network said Beckham "will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension agreed to" - an apparent leak from Beckham's camp.
Tisch didn't exactly commit to Beckham being a Giant this coming season either, though he said "My nature is to be an optimist and I would like to have Odell on the Giants this coming season. He's a tremendous athlete, he's a great player. So I do hope that Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much."
As for the holdout threat, Tisch dismissed that as one of an endless series of scenarios of how the Beckham situation could play out.
"Well, my take is at the moment it's hypothetical," he said. "We have not been contacted by anyone representing Odell, making that comment or suggesting that's something he will do. So my reaction to it is it's another hypothetical situation in a number of hypothetical situations.
"Odell's contract will be negotiated at the appropriate time, so to speculate on the 'What ifs' and 'What would you do? If this happens, what will happen?' I can't do that. It's not realistic and it's not in anyone's best interest."
Tisch did say that Gettleman and Beckham's representatives have actually had contract discussions, though he said they "are at the earliest, most premature stages." There was a time when the Giants thought they'd be finalizing a long-term extension with Beckham about now, but his ankle injury and behavioral issues have altered their timeline.
The video was particularly bothersome to the Giants because it surfaced after both new GM Dave Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur had spoken to Beckham about avoiding controversies, using better judgement, and how they expected him to represent the Giants. Although, Tisch seemed less bothered by the short video than Mara and others in the organization seem to be.
"Eh, it's sort of background noise," he said. "You know, it's something I'm not paying much attention to. I didn't look at it. Maybe I didn't have those seven seconds in my life to pay attention to it. But I'm not concerned about that."
What he is concerned about is finding a happy ending to this Beckham saga, and to him that means Beckham eventually signing a deal that makes him a Giant for many years. The only question is whether the two sides will be able to reach that conclusion before the Giants decide all the Beckham-related issues are just too much for them to bear.
"It's not been too much yet," Tisch said. "But I think because there's so much conversation about him, I just want everyone to pull back and realize that we will negotiate when the time to negotiate comes. I think he knows what he has to do to contribute to this team."