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Frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. says he’s 'not having fun anymore' playing football

One of the league’s biggest stars isn’t happy.

NFL: New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. has clearly been frustrated on the field this season. He’s received his fair share of fines and unsportsmanlike penalties this year, and it’s even led to Eli Manning speaking out, saying that Beckham needed to be aware of the opposition’s attempts to get in his head.

In an interview with ESPN’s Anita Marks on Tuesday, Beckham admitted that he was "not having fun anymore" playing football. Beckham told Marks, "Football is my sanctuary. It's where I go to escape. It's where I'm most happy. I'm not having fun anymore."

That’s quite the statement from a guy who arguably had the most fun on the field last season.

OBJ busts a move after scoring against the Saints in 2015.

It’s part of what made him so enjoyable to watch, you just didn’t know what he was going to do next.

It’s also not as simple as the opposition trying to rattle him. Beckham told Marks that he feels he’s not getting the opportunities he needs. "What I'm communicating, we're not doing," he said. "I'm not getting the opportunities to contribute, and that's frustrating to me."

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was questioned about Beckham and emphasized that no one is having much fun right now. "Listen when we execute better and we spread the ball around and everyone gets their opportunities we're gonna have some fun,” he said. “But until we execute better, until we hang onto the football and until we eliminate the penalties from the play nobody's going to be having any fun."

While Beckham’s frustration seems to have been building up over the course of the year, it could have more to do with Monday night’s game against the Vikings, where he had a career-low 23 yards receiving.

Just the week before, Beckham was targeted 11 times, and had 121 yards. The biggest difference through four weeks in this year and last is that he has yet to find the end zone this year. In total, the Giants have just four passing touchdowns on the year, two of which went to rookie Sterling Shepard, and one to Victor Cruz. That has to be frustrating for one of the best wideouts in the game, having two guys who didn't play the year before scoring touchdowns while he's not.

The Giants’ schedule won’t do them any favors the next couple of weeks either, as the team travels to Green Bay to play the Packers, and then welcomes the Baltimore Ravens to MetLife Stadium.