Odell Beckham Jr. deals with an arrest warrant for slapping a Mercedes-Benz Superdome guard on the butt. While there are certainly many criminal offenses that are far even worse committed by professional athletes, it is tough to discover one that is more fitting. With video cameras rolling on a night that should not have actually had to do with him, Beckham simply had to do what Beckham so often does. There is a prevalence of proof that he is what he slapped.
This occurred on the night Beckham's school, LSU won the College Football Playoff National Championship. It was nice to see Beckham, one of the great players in LSU history, support this year's team. It was less nice to see him non-stop accentuate himself. I suspect the existing gamers don't care; he is OBJ, after all. But it's getting difficult to see.
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Per multiple outlets, an arrest warrant has been issued for #Browns WR Odell Beckham. He is being charged with simple battery.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 16, 2020
He slapped the ass of a cop during #LSU's post-game locker room celebration.
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Earlier in the evening, he had actually apparently handed money to the players in the event, which would break NCAA rules (the school is examining the event). You may think the guidelines are old and unfair, and I'm not here to argue that; that's not the point. If Beckham wished to give the guys some beer cash, he could have done it practically any other minute of the year and gotten away with it. This was not the time for it.
Beckham wanted to place on a show at the national championship, with himself in the middle of it. It is the same reason he wore a watch worth as much as $350,000 during video games, in violation of NFL rules. Again, while that guideline might be dumb, that does not imply breaking it is wise. It was simply another method for Beckham to draw attention to himself.
Beckham behaves by doing this so regularly that this we have actually pertained to anticipate this from him. Remember, after using that watch, he came back the next week and used a $2 million watch in pregame warmups. Do you believe that was stupid? I'll reveal you dumb!
There was Odell, pretending he was a peeing pet dog to commemorate a goal. There was Odell, posing for a photo with Huge colleagues on a boat in Miami, 6 days before a championship game in Green Bay. There was Odell, punching a hole in a wall after losing that championship game. There was Odell, turning a regular-season game against the Panthers into a personal UFC match against cornerback Josh Norman.
He tossed a sideline temper tantrum that included a fight with a kicking net. (Apparently, Norman wasn't available.) He complained in an ESPN interview about the Giants. He took credit for the team's appeal, telling GQ: "I was a primary reason at keeping that brand alive. They were getting prime-time games, still, as a 5-- 11 group. Why? Due to the fact that individuals wish to see the program." Sure, the Giants have struggled plenty the last numerous seasons, but the group is still a four-time Super Bowl championship franchise in the country's most significant market.
There are other occurrences when he might be innocent, however, it's tough to provide him the advantage of the doubt. Like the video that emerged of him with a lady and what sure looked like a drug. Or the times he ran the field before the end of the very first half and stated he required to get an IV due to the fact that "I really do not like water."
This is maddening because it's an extremely long rap sheet, but it's really filled with misdemeanors. These things should all be avoidable. But Beckham does not seem to want to prevent it. He is drawn to it.
By talent and charm, Beckham needs to be one of the most likable athletes worldwide. Nobody in the NFL is more fun to watch than Beckham at his best. He isn't simply an excellent gamer; he is the kind of terrific gamer kids envision themselves being when they go to sleep. There are Pro Football Hall of Famers who could not make some of the catches Beckham has made.
He is an incredibly rare talent, he plays tough and he clearly has worked like crazy to sharpen his abilities. His one-handed catch in 2014 is a thing of legend. He battled sports hernia and groin injuries last season, yet still played all 16 games for a dysfunctional Browns team that missed out on the playoffs, and he surpassed 1,000 getting lawns for the 5th time in his six-year profession.
Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best, highest-paid and most popular gamers in the NFL. Somebody who cares about him should ask him: Why isn't that enough?