Odell Beckham Jr. “wouldn’t mind not having” a season

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Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t opted out for the 2020 season, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he does. In recent comments to Lane Florsheim of the Wall Street Journal, Beckham said he “wouldn’t mind” the 2020 season not happening.

“Obviously with everything that’s going on, it doesn’t make sense why we’re trying to do this,” Beckham said. “I can understand basketball was already in the playoffs. Five-on-five basketball in an arena is going to be more intense than regular-season games. Hooping is different than playing an eleven-on-eleven contact sport where there’s 80 people in a locker room.

“We’re not ready for football season. So why are we trying to push forward? It’s obviously for their money. And that bothers me because there’s always been this — and I hate saying it like that — but the owners’ [attitude is], ‘Oh we own you guys,’ and just kind of that unfairness going on that they don’t see us as human. I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.”

Beckham’s comments surely will cause a stir, and they undoubtedly will raise questions about whether he will opt out, either until he does or the opt-out window closes.

37 responses to “Odell Beckham Jr. “wouldn’t mind not having” a season

  1. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but he is right. They should just shut it down and plan for 2021.

  2. Not a guy I would want on my team sheesh. I guess it’s true that players lose the love for the game. As for the owner part you’re paid millions to play a game just shut up and opt out already.. 99% survival rate smh

  3. Dude, call your player rep and ask about opt out. Then do us all a favor and opt out. Spend the year on mental health.
    50 million people will be happy to catch passes and get paid. Be a job creator and move aside!!!

  4. Man it must be nice to have so much money that you can just decide to opt out. I bet cashiers, doctors, truck drivers, etc would love to get paid to sit at home like these clowns. How about they suck it up just like the rest of the world is. Life isn’t perfect. Get used to it Beckham.

  5. I wonder if he’s even thinking about the rookies or roster bubble guys that are missing the shot they’ve been training for their whole lives.

  6. “We’re not ready for football season. So why are we trying to push forward? It’s obviously for their money.”

    What was that? A Freudian Slip? If not for wanting “their” money, why doesn’t OBJ opt out?

  7. He is a 1,000% spot on!

    This would be the most tainted regular season ever, don’t even start it!

  8. OBJ does not love football.

    Imagine if he had the drive the all-time greats have. He got his endorsements, he got paid, & then he checked out. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

  9. OBJ might be a diva, but he is far from stupid. Everything he said is 100% correct, and I agree. I hate the idea of no football this fall, but at this point teams will be playing guys off the street by October. Just call it already and end it.

  10. I am against most of the lock down but football doesn’t make sense. Don’t compare playing football to essential jobs or even other sports. Without a bubble or a 3 to 4 day quarantine with two negative tests before games I don’t see anyway they will be able to play. One guy on the offensive line gets infected both sides of the ball will be infected. How many OL do teams keep on their rosters? Anyone want their QB being protected by 4 or 5 practice squad guys.

  11. Meanwhile, high school kids are chomping at the bit to play FOR FREE! Give me guys that play for the love of the game.

  12. It’s not like it’s just the owners pushing for the season to happen – it’s everyone, everywhere. Fans, TV and radio hosts, players, coaches, AND owners want it to happen. Obviously not every person in any of those groups wants it to happen. But players aren’t being forced to do anything. They are in fact being given a stipend if they don’t want to play, so that’s hardly being forced to play. He can opt out. The only difference to me is that’s one less player I won’t draft that someone else in my league would have.

  13. The NFL would be better without this guy in it….just as it is without Antonio Brown.

  14. Yeah…..and you won’t take the money OBJ ?! Please.
    You’ll be one of those players broke within 3 years of retirement.
    You need the money just as bad.

  15. Odell is 100% right on this purely for common sense reasons, it has nothing to do with “losing his love for the game”. Two head coaches have already tested positive, the Miami Marlins and Cardinals already have had breakouts and their floating the possibility of shutting down baseball 10 games into the season. As well all know, the offensive and defensive lines are up in eachother’s faces all game which will spread the virus faster. The season would last one game, two tops before it all gets shut down due to massive breakouts on teams and you can’t just play a double header in football. OBJ said he wouldn’t opt out but there’s no feasible way a season could be played during the pandemic.

  16. Look at the numbers: OBJ averaged a measly 64 receiving yards per game last season, and scored only 4 TDs.

    Considering he barely showed up for the 2019 season, it’s no surprise he wouldn’t mind not playing in 2020…

  17. OBJ walks to the edge of calling his job a modern day slavery. If he truly feels that way, then how can he, in good conscience, be a part of it?

  18. And I as a football fan wouldn’t mind not having to listen to Odell Beckham Jnr drama for a season

  19. It’s easy to opt out and cancel the season when you have received UPFRONT GUARANTEED money.
    Then, complain to the company about said company making money.

    I mean, are these guys this clueless and entitled?

  20. Not an OBJ fan, but he is 100% right.

    Didn’t realize who the PFT reader was until seeing these downvotes. Are people just desperate for football and don’t care about the players health? If this were Pat Mahomes saying the exact same thing would the downvotes be the same?

  21. This on the heels of saying like a week ago how he was looking forward to having a big year and proving the doubters wrong. This guy is just too mercurial. He’s engaged one second, then distracted the very next. He’ll make a great catch but then a play later something will happen to completely throw him off and he’ll disappear for the rest of the game.

  22. Ever since he got paid, i see ZERO heart, ZERO desire, and next to no production. Not surprised to hear he’s not exactly chomping at the bit to play NFL football.

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