Odell Not Well

Patrick Casas, Sports editor

NFL star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has made himself known for the past three years with his outstanding ball skills, route running, and devastating speed.

However, here is another reason he is well known: partying off the field and his behavior on the sidelines. This side of Odell is what is worrisome to the franchise of the New York Giants.

During the end of the 2015 NFL season on week 15, Odell had several scuffles and confrontations during the game with cornerback Josh Norman. That led to a one-game suspension and a fine.

During the 2016 season, Odell was throwing temper tantrums on the sideline of a game because of how the team was performing and could not be settled down by teammates. During the same season, before a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, Odell took some of his teammates to Miami for a little break. When the playoff game arrived, Odell performed poorly and was criticised heavily because of the trip to Miami before the game.

He has been heavily criticized by the media for his antics. According to Fox Sports website Chris Chase, “The trip taken by the mercurial Giants star at the start of playoff week is a subject on which there’s little middle ground. Either you believe the mere suggestion of off-day activities having any correlation with gameday performance is an insulting media contrivance or you believe Beckham left his talents in South Beach and doesn’t particularly care about it because when you take a trip the week of a playoff game it shows where your priorities lie.”

Just when it was starting to seem that  Odell Beckham Jr. was having a quiet offseason, a video on March 10th popped up on social media featuring Odell and a model. In the video, which was first tweeted Beckham shows himself in bed with a model, pizza, a credit card, and a white substance. Beckham is holding some type of brown cigarette.

The media suggest that the brown cigarette is marijuana and the white substance is cocaine but has yet to prove those two are drugs. Odell has personally come out and said he would like to be the highest paid player in the NFL. After this latest incident, I don’t think that would happen given his behavior that hasn’t changed. It seems Odell needs some discipline from his team to at least learn his lesson of being responsible for his own actions.