Let’s just say Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t the most popular guy around the league. Sure, his jersey might be among the NFL’s best-selling for fans. As far as players are concerned however, Beckham’s behavior on the football field hasn’t necessarily sat well with other players.
Not that the Pro Bowl wideout seems to mind one way or the other. Ever since his infamous battle with then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, players have been critical of the way Beckham conducts himself on the field, but as he tells Jordan Raanan for ESPN.com, he’s not letting that bother him one bit.
“I have fun. I’m myself at all times and I don’t think it’s necessarily liked all the time, unless you’re on my side. I can’t really control that. Like I said, I can’t control who likes, doesn’t like me. It’s football at this point.”
Depending on your vantage point, Beckham’s attitude can either be a good thing or a bad thing.
On one hand, it’s true that the only people Beckham really needs to like him, as far as his doing his job is concerned, are the other players, coaches and employees in the Giants organization. In fact, if players or fans of other teams don’t care for Beckham, that means he’s probably getting it done on the field.
That being said, if Beckham is earning a reputation for being dirty and throwing tantrums on the field as seems to be the case, he might want to rethink the way he conducts himself. Just using the Norman incident alone, there’s no way anybody can condone the reckless actions he took during the heat of the battle.
Of course, Beckham has made it very clear he doesn’t care what I or anybody outside the Giants’ locker room thinks about the matter. What I can only be led to believe by his statement is he won’t be changing anytime soon, so for better or worse, everybody better be prepared for more of his antics.