In his first two NFL seasons, wide receiver Odell Beckham has been one of the league’s best receivers while playing in a big media market and showing little discomfort with showing off his personality while he’s on or off the field.
It’s little surprise that combination has gotten Beckham attention for things other than catching footballs. Among this offseason’s highlights were breathless reports about his flirtations with a member of the Kardashian clan, cementing Beckham in the inner circle of America’s ever-growing gossip industry.
There were plenty of other tidbits that kept Beckham in the spotlight, something says he feels differently about now than he did when he felt he wasn’t being paid enough attention by the world at large.
“I remember coming into the league, there were guys like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, I wanted to be talked about the way they were talked about,” Beckham said, via NJ.com. “I tell people now, ‘Be careful what you ask for,’ because I used to crave that, I used to want to be talked about, and people to know what I’m capable of. And now, people want to know everything. They want to know each and every detail.”
Beckham bemoaned that his growing fame causes “so much distraction” for the rest of the team, although it seems like that concern might be a bit overblown unless his teammates are spending more time on TMZ than in their playbooks. Quarterback Eli Manning said he’s grateful for the “good material” he gets when stories about Beckham pop up and jokes from teammates have caused Beckham to bristle in the past, but things should probably be just fine as long as Beckham keeps producing on the field between appearances on Page Six.