Freddie Kitchens wants watch rule applied consistently

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In past years, a football coach would look at a football player wearing a watch during a game, grunt, and the watch would be gone. Nowadays, it doesn’t work that way — especially as to players making considerably more money than their coaches.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens addressed on Wednesday the decision of receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to wear a watch on the field.

I was not aware that he had the watch on,” Kitchens said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “As long as they are going to enforce that with everyone, I am fine with that. Let’s just make sure we get it enforced with everybody.”

Well, there’s no one else wearing a watch during a game in today’s NFL. So, yes, it’s being enforced.

Via Cabot, Beckham isn’t expected to be fined for his Week One uniform infraction, for reasons neither known nor apparent. It remains to be seen whether he’s fined for wearing it again, and whether game officials eventually tell him he can’t play unless he takes it off.

He should. Although OBJ gets unfairly criticized at times, he commits plenty of unforced errors and sometimes selects bizarre hills on which to die. Unless and until he provides a compelling reason for wearing a $189,500 watch (far “cheaper” than the $350,000 price tag previously articulated) during games, he should take the thing off.

Especially since, per Cabot, Beckham isn’t getting paid to wear the watch. And since Beckham paid for the thing himself.

Apart from everything else, he’s not a very good bad businessman. Beckham has provided plenty of free advertising for the watch brand this week — and all he has gotten in return is a hassle, a headache, and perhaps after Monday night a hefty bill from the league office.

So why do it? Because Beckham craves attention. But on his own terms, without any scrutiny or criticism.

37 responses to “Freddie Kitchens wants watch rule applied consistently

  1. Here we go with OBJ drama. I have never seen a football player wear a watch and I’ve watched a ton of football over the years

  2. Freddie has just failed another test. Hey coach silly issues like this are supposed to be ignored which will allow ur team to concentrate on things that matter. Browns are doomed

  3. Too bad you can’t buy good taste. That watch is hideous. And for the mere price of a decent home in Ohio. Smh.

  4. Even compared to AB’s antics this seems stupid. Take off the damn watch and do your job, OBJ. Be brilliant on the field and you’ll get all the attention you so obviously crave.

  5. How does anyone know for a fact he isn’t getting paid to rep the watches? For all we know he’s either getting a cut or they’re sending him a box of free watches for the advertising..

  6. I love Beckham but he doesn’t care about winning and what ever team he is on will never win. It’s all about him and this proves that too it’s fullest.

  7. What a clown. Why in God’s name would you do that for a 140k Watch. Seems silly to buy one that costly but he makes the money so I get it. But why wear it during a game? Oh, because there hasn’t been enough press about you lately.

    In 15 years when he’s broke and he sues his accountant for “mishandling his money”, will he give this incident a second thought

  8. I called it in July. 5-11 and Higgins will be their leading WR at the end of the year. You can’t buy wins in the NFL unless you’re the Pats.

  9. “In past years, a football coach would look at a football player wearing a watch during a game, grunt, and the watch would be gone. Nowadays, it doesn’t work that way — especially as to players making considerably more money than their coaches”
    ++++++++++++
    Thanks to the NFLPA it’s difficult to perfect their talents. Only so many practices, only so many days of contact, etc. Soon it will be much like NBA where it’s all talent and little fundamentals. When that happens, talent trumps coaching and much like the NBA coaches, the players will decide if the coach gets fired or not.

  10. Lol @ he’s not getting paid to wear the watch.

    He’s getting something out of the deal. For sure the company is paying the fines.

    Don’t put nothing past these dudes!

  11. Why is he doing this? Simple. AB took all the rarified air out of week 1, and it looks like week 2 as well with the rape allegations, so OBJ MUST do something about that with his watch. Totally out of touch with reality. He and AB need to get psych help.

  12. Nowadays, it doesn’t work that way — especially as to players making considerably more money than their coaches.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is another reason why all these divas want to be the highest paid. They think it means they have more status on the team and in the league. They don’t. It doesn’t matter if the HC is working for free, the players work for him and have to follow his rules. Kitchens is just weak here. Tell your player to lose the watch or ride the pine. If there is any blowback it is simply a precursor to what lies ahead if you don’t handle it now.

  13. He is being compensated by the watchmaker to more than offset any potential fines. Besides, when you are a narcissist, you want everyone to talk about you.

  14. Kitchens isn’t going to last long. He’s lying if he says he didn’t see he was wearing a watch. It was pretty obvious. The season has just begun and he’s already enabling OBJ. It’s only going to get worse. I thought it was a mistake for them to trade for him and I think they’ll be regretting it before Halloween. OBJ now realizes his coach is gutless and won’t do anything. Hang on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  15. Freddie is hoping the league handles this for him so that he remains on OBJs good side. The league apparently didn’t help him much.

  16. Here’s a thought…why not ask Associate Head Coach/GM Mayfield his opinion of the watch. Who knows, maybe the timer is on to let OBJ know when it’s time for a pass to be thrown his way, or when to act a fool.

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