Giants have no comment about OBJ video

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Let’s start this one with a general observation: What NFL players do on their own time is their own business. Unless they’re violating someone else’s rights, putting people or property at risk of injury, or taking PEDs, no one should care what they do when not working — especially not those who pay them to work.

That’s why my initial reaction to the video that some think shows Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with a blunt next to a woman that some think has lines of cocaine arranged in front of her was, “So what?” (Actually, my reaction was, “Why hasn’t anyone eaten any of that pizza?”)

With the Giants officially acknowledging the situation, however, it becomes newsworthy, albeit mildly. Via the New York Daily News, the Giants said on Friday night that the team is aware of the video. The Giants had no comment beyond that.

Even if the video constitutes evidence of Beckham doing anything “wrong,” the Giants have no jurisdiction over the situation. It’s a league matter only. At most, the league could regard the video as evidence of behavior that would justify placement of Beckham in the lowest level of the substance-abuse policy.

But even that would be a stretch. People assume Beckham is smoking marijuana (again, so what if he is?); an assumption may not be enough to justify taking action.

Of course, when Big Shield decides to become Big Brother, what seems to be justified doesn’t always matter. It would be unfortunate, however, if the league does anything to Beckham about this.

Beyond, of course, asking him why in the hell he hadn’t eaten any of that pizza?

47 responses to “Giants have no comment about OBJ video

  1. Automatic 6 games no proof required or better yet put him on the commissioners e empty list or suspend him indefinently. I don’t care really but this is what has happened too Aldon Smith ,Ezekiel Elliot and countlesss others don’t let this dude off just because he plays for New York

  2. I’m kind of liking this laid back Florio. Yeah, what any of us do on our own time that doesn’t harm others should be of no concern to anyone else. He’s a football player not a brain surgeon. I don’t care what he does besides catching footballs.

  3. The bigger question for me is why is OBJ so stupid as to have the event on video. Right or wrong, he knows the rules of his employer (the NFL) and the rules say he isn’t supposed to be smoking. It’s bad optics to be around that and a woman with apparent lines of coke around her. I get your point, and even agree with it. But if you know your employer is going to raise a stink about it, why put yourself in that situation?

  4. Maybe OBJ was only there to stop them from using drugs and saved those people from the horrors of REEFER MADNESS!!

    I only care what happens between the white lines on the field so this only matters if it keeps him from playing.

  5. Let’s start this one with a general observation: What NFL players do on their own time is their own business. Unless they’re violating someone else’s rights, putting people or property at risk of injury, or taking PEDs, no one should care what they do when not working — especially not those who pay them to work.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That argument sounds great and all but it is just not reality. If a video surfaced of you paying a hooker you can bet NBC would want to do something about it especially considering the latest pop culture movement/social environment you guys helped to push. It doesn’t make it right or wrong but your argument completely ignores any perceived damage to the team’s and/or league’s brand. Like it or not, these guys are in the public spotlight and their actions are not viewed in a vacuum. Even in this piece you referred to him as “Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.” and not simply Odell Beckham Jr. That is people view him and is exactly why his off-duty conduct is their business when negative things hit the public domain.

  6. The Giants would be well advised to trade him for a bundle of picks before his stupidity costs him his career. We’ve all seen it before (see Johnny Manziel, Plaxico Burress and others). Just another talented idiot.

  7. Automatic suspension period. If not, it only proves that the NFL is fixed. Guys have been suspended for much less. Proof in his hands and in front of his face.

  8. Unfortunately the only action logical to take would be to fine him since there isn’t a past history of him getting caught with it like Gordon. I wish they’d take weed off the banned substances list though since it doesn’t enhance your performance and is a better alternative to opioids.

  9. “Actually, my reaction was, “Why hasn’t anyone eaten any of that pizza?””

    Because cocaine is an appetite suppressant and he has to finish the blunt to get his appetite back would be the likely reason.

    The Giants or anyone else would be insane to give Beckham the huge new contract he wants. And the league should have someone banging on his door today to drug test him before the cocaine is out of his system.

  10. He’s a piece of garbage that I wouldn’t want on my team. He puts OBJ first, team last. Will never win anything that way.

  11. Sure what he does in private is no one’s business. What gets leaked out onto social media for billions to see, isban entirely different matter. Dudes dumb.

  12. smoothrobinva says:
    March 10, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Automatic 6 games no proof required or better yet put him on the commissioners e empty list or suspend him indefinently. I don’t care really but this is what has happened too Aldon Smith ,Ezekiel Elliot and countlesss others don’t let this dude off just because he plays for New York
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    Comparing a guy caught on video having a party with willing partners with the actions of men accused of terrorizing and beating women says pretty much all you need know.

  13. The Giants have no jurisdiction over the situation. This is true. The Giants do have jurisdiction over his next contract, though. And they may not want to give a $100million plus to a junkie.

  14. Nothing is going to happen to OBJ for two reasons:

    1. He is an all star player and all star players rarely get in trouble with the rare examples of Ezekiel Elliot and Aaron Hernandez.

    2. He plays for the New York Giants, the team whose legacy owner, John Mara, has a HUGE stranglehold on the NFL to the point where he controls the commissioner.

    OBJ fits those two categories, so 99% chance nothing happens to him and the world forgets he ever did what he did.

    But shame on those classless Eagles fans from 1968, who threw snowballs at Santa Claus.

  15. the Giants will use the fifth year option and 2 franchise tags…ODBjr won’t see a long term contract for at least 3 more years…

  16. If that were ME in the photo, the cops would have arrested me three times over by now. And my record would prohibit me from ever working again. Just saying.

  17. That Pizza had to have been made in Dallas. They don’t know what pizza or marinara sauce is. They use tomato soup and american cheese

  18. Cmon OBJ and you want a long term contract? Did you not see that Bag Mike Evans just got? You was next, now this happens. Ruined it for yourself and possibly your deals outside of the NFL.

    Even if nothing happens, this will impact him negatively. Wisen up Son, now your hurting your pockets.

  19. Just more proof that so many GM’s around the league have no idea what they’re doing, and part of the reason Belichick has been able to dominate so easily. If teams really want to win, watch how BB runs his team. I understand Brady has a lot to do with it, but most teams would blow it if they had Brady.

  20. The league will be pissed not because of the drugs, but because the pizza isn’t Papa Johns.

    He missed a marketing opportunity to millions of pot heads, Papa will be livid

  21. They would have to prove there is weed in that brown wrap, and whatever the woman is doing is not a violation of anything unless OBJ does it. So there is nothing immediately actionable here.

    That said, the optics are awful and if I am a team I would have serious concerns about a players common sense allowing this video to even get made much less put out there. Although not knowing anything for sure about those substances I would still have my suspicions. I would be very concerned that this player is only a matter of time before he gets himself caught at something that affects the team, and that would color my decisions on how much I want to committ to him. It does not matter how talented a player is if you cant have him on the field. And if he happened to currently hold very high value I might be interested in seeing about getting that value in a trade before somethng happens to wipe it out. But thats just me.

  22. Giants need to move away from this idiot right away. Any one with common sense knows you don’t build your team around a WR. Invest in the o-line, running game and defense. Let this dope go.

  23. Hmm…I understand everyone freaking out about the blunt…but you have your vice…and he has his and I have mine.

    Have you watched this guy play football ever?

    I don’t care how much he is loathed by the press – he’s had some of the best catches I’ve ever seen in my LIFE. Period.
    That might make him a Diva…but I would be too. Leave him alone…

  24. No one will ever accuse OBJ of being smart. Enjoy all of the hookers and blow you want during the off season, just don’t film it. LOL

  25. Lol yea right. You only feel that way bc you are successful enough not to need the story, but when I gave you the Michael Bush Yukmouth weed story YOU COULDNT WAIT to run it. Its ok to change your position over the years its not okay to act like its always been your position. Like your above running these stories or thinking there a big deal. Hypocrite.

  26. Anyone ever been in a room with lines of coke that were not partaking in the festivities? Come on now…

  27. The Giant fans saying cut him are hilarious. You idiots do know who the best player in your franchise’s history is, don’t you? Btw, he’s Belichick’s favorite player of all time too, so I don’t think he would have been cutting him either over this. I’m just pointing out facts.

  28. Except for the fact that, you know, coke is illegal. And weed is in most states. It’s fine to be okay with someone doing their own thing on their own time, but having illegal activity captured on camera? You know something’s gonna happen. Quit being dumb with your habits, or quit being dumb about who you hang out with that is going to put it on video.

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