Odell Beckham not attending Browns’ voluntary minicamp

AP

Odell Beckham Jr. is not attending the Browns’ voluntary minicamp this week, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports. The three-day camp, which is an extra one given to new head coaches, began Tuesday.

The star receiver showed up for the first day of the voluntary offseason program April 1 but has worked out on his own in Los Angeles since. That is his typical offseason routine.

The Browns are not concerned about Beckham’s absence, with coach Freddie Kitchens having acknowledged Beckham would not regularly attend the voluntary portion of the offseason. The mandatory minicamp is June 4-6.

“This is all voluntary,” Kitchens said earlier this month. “I didn’t encourage anything. Odell knows what’s at stake. He knows what he needs to be here for. This is strictly voluntary. If we wanted to critique people for not coming and coming, then we should make it mandatory as a league. It’s not mandatory. Would I hold a grudge if he’s not going to come? No, I wouldn’t.’’

Beckham unloaded on the Giants in a Twitter storm Monday, suggesting the team was OK with losing. He also said his sendoff was disrespectful.

“I’ve never been in a place so happy in my life, my soul, my spirit, is at an all time high!” Beckham wrote of Cleveland.

79 responses to “Odell Beckham not attending Browns’ voluntary minicamp

  1. Guess I’m old school! I agree that NFL players need a break and the owners have zero loyalty to them and more needs to be done for the players; but I also don’t want for it to become the NBA!

  2. Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.

  3. Voluntary or not makes not difference. He’s on a new team with a new system and quarterback. He should get as much time in with a new system as the league will allow. It wasn’t mandatory for hall of Famer Michael Irvin to stay and train after practice but he did. He’s wants a winning team but not the extra work.

  4. djbumbaclot says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.
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    If my job was a game that paid me millions and i really really wanted to win, i would be there everyday single day if i could to try and make that happen.

  5. As a salaried employee, I do not get paid extra working on weekends, but sometimes I do because that’s what’s needed to be done. I do not like it but sometimes you have to do the things you don’t want to do.

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    djbumbaclot says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am
    Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.

  6. He’s too busy blowing up twitter to attend. You’d think a guy wanting a fresh start would want to be there to show he’s dedicated and that he’s a good teammate. I wonder if the Browns already regret trading for this clown.

  7. He’s not a ream leader yet. Leaders lead by example. Another “head case” that the rookie NFL coach is making excuses for. He’s totally “PC.”

  8. Let’s cut him some slack he could be practicing his one legged dog relieving himself in the mirror !

  9. Well who who have guessed that???? O’Dell once marched in a parade. Everyone else led off with their left foot and O’Dell led off with his right. His mom said, “my son is the only one in step!”.

  10. Most in the NFL have paid workout clauses in their contracts.
    So, these are voluntary but PAID workouts!
    Plus outstanding training table food and medical care.
    New coaches on O and D for the Browns.
    Should be there!

  11. Let’s cut him some slack he could be having his Michael Jackson tattoo removed !

  12. ask Mr. all about winning about missing the last 4 games of the season with a mysterious quad injury.

  13. Let’s cut him some slack he could be out shopping for an engagement ring to propose to a kicking net !

  14. Let’s cut him some slack he could be doing another interview with Lil Wayne !

  15. The great ones take every opportunity to improve their game and help their team. Secondly anyone who considers themselves a leader should set an example for the other players.

  16. “Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.”

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    I do, because in my line of work it makes me more valuable and I end making more money in the long run.

    But that’s my job. I don’t know how it is for you guys down at Wendy’s.

  17. Let’s cut him some slack he could just be home wondering if he does or doesn’t have a problem with Eli !

  18. Let’s cut him some slack he could be at Redskins camp still arguing with Josh Norman !

  19. Gotta love the barrage of comments on this article and Bell’s article. You know these are “voluntary” and both Bell and OBJ were at all the VOLUNTARY team workouts right? I understand most PFT commenters are usually on social security and operating technology is tough for the elderly but you’re the only ones freaking out about this.

  20. I am not a cancer to the team. I just can’t abide by a 6 & 10 season…..

    So I am going to stay away from the team until they realize that.

  21. You’d think he’d want as much time as possible with his team to learn a new offense. Probably gonna do it online….

  22. Since traded, Beckham’s already spent SEVERAL completely unscheduled “unpaid” sessions working w Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry & David Njokin California.

    To anyone writing as if hes missing something he “should” be at. Beckham, Landry Njokin & Mayfield are WAY AHEAD ahead of any scheduled or unscheduled practice sessions.

  23. jackedupboonie says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Oh the Browns. But they are winning 11 games all the sudden

    Guess you don’t know what voluntary means. Also guess you didn’t watch last season.

  24. Starters should stay home till training camp. Don’t need to get the injury bug started with soft tissue injuries like hamstrings. Now is a good time for guys that aren’t guaranteed to get roster spots to get into the mix.

  25. new team, same story every year…here is some breaking news…he wont be there next year either!!!

  26. Media making a big deal out of nothing! A lot of players don’t go to these workouts.

  27. I kinda just wish they would make these little minicamps mandatory, so these little controversies wouldn’t keep happening every year. Sure it’s voluntary, but it’s not a good look if you skip it, and everyone wants you there. Maybe attendance should be mandatory but participation can be voluntary.

  28. What’s the point of negotiating voluntary activities then reporting to them? They gave up actual cash and other benefits and everyone here wants them to report anyway like they didn’t negotiate for the right to not be there.

  29. Don’t worry, he’ll be there for six or seven games this season, at least! Always has been! The man defines the term work ethic.
    And, c’mon, OBJ is SOOOO above voluntaries… you talkin’ ’bout PRACTICE? PRACTICE, man?

  30. kennylc2015 says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:59 am
    As a salaried employee, I do not get paid extra working on weekends, but sometimes I do because that’s what’s needed to be done. I do not like it but sometimes you have to do the things you don’t want to do.

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    djbumbaclot says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am
    Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.

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    Pay me what he they’re paying him and I will not only show up, I’ll wash the floors and clean the bathrooms, too!

  31. Wait for Odell and Jarvis to be a double cancer when they give away stupid penalties. They are both very exoerienced at stupid behavior.

  32. “Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.”

    My boss isn’t paying me $95 million. For that, I’d be at work 365 days a year–voluntarily–for ten years or so, then retire.

  33. He only needs one practice to build chemistry with Baker. Just ask him. He’s the best. Wait until the wheels fall off about week five.

  34. ——Before people pile on to criticize this guy, ask yourselves how many of you would show up to work if your boss had a voluntary unpaid weekend at work.—–

    I love it when people compare athletes getting paid millions to normal workers. Yep, compare them to that UPS driver…he certainly wouldn’t work if he wasn’t paid.

  35. Yeah I’m sure Bell and Odell are missing so much flying around in shorts. Teams aren’t even running offense vs defense work these three days. Keep clutching your pearls your hands are turning red.

  36. He’s much too busy fighting and banning people on Twitter. There is no time for football when you have business to attend to on social media.

  37. How many teams did Terrell Owens play for? Beckham has some catching up to do, and he isn’t wasting any time. What are the odds that Beckham makes it through the end of the season with the Browns?

  38. Every corner in the nfl is going to be foaming at the mouth. Jarvis and Odell on the same team. Doesn’t matter where they live up, the corners can get in their heads. What’s the over/under on ejections for these two divas? 8? 9?

  39. There is a reason these two talented receivers were dumped by their teams and it had nothing to do with their play. It’s interesting that the Giants seemed to play better when he was hurt.

  40. Cleveland trade him to the Chargers or Rams……he wants to be a celebrity as much as he wants to be a football player. If you think he’s going to quietly go about his business after a few 5-11 years there…..you’re fooling yourselves.

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