Cleveland Browns’ WR Odell Beckham drew the ire of one of the biggest football writer’s in the business for his decision to wear an expensive watch in a game.
Odell Beckham Jr. was beaten down with questions about his $150,000 watch following the Cleveland Browns blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans.
A lot of fans are sick of it, even critiquing the local media for “beating a dead horse.” That said, talking about how the Browns got their rear-ends handed to them can only be written about in so many ways.
So the watch, that Odell just had to wear, took up a great deal of internet space and radio air time. It’s been especially tedious considering the Browns play on Monday Night Football. The story stayed alive when Beckham said he will continue to wear it.
This story line isn’t over, either, as Pro Football Talk’s Peter King is weighed in on the issue. The long-time, well respected scribe let Beckham having it, too.
"“Dude, you lost the opener by 30. No one cares about this grave injustice of not being able to wear a watch during a game. Just play football. The league prohibits players wearing hard objects during games. Instead of saying it’s no big deal, and he’ll just take it off for three hours during games (like the other 1,698 players in the league do with timepieces) and wear it the rest of the week, Beckham said, “I’ll still be wearing it,” and he [rhymes with ‘witched] that the league was picking on him. Poor, poor Odell.”"
There is ONLY one acceptable answer to wearing a watch in a game: Odell’s worried about tracking his steps. Yet, the star wideout hasn’t given that reason as an answer. Had he done it, I’d defend him to the ends of the earth. My Fitbit was charging as I was playing Wiffle Ball with my kids yesterday, and it drove me crazy. All those wasted, undocumented steps. My 18,000 daily average took a hit, and I’m still reeling.
Now, I’m not a Richard Mille timepiece expert here and really don’t care to be, so I don’t know what the perks are to wearing it, other than to tell people that you’re so rich you can drop a $185, 000 on a watch, and then risk breaking it by playing in an NFL game.
If that’s the case, and I hate to say it, Colin Cowherd looks to be right: Beckham sure looks like he’s more concerned with being an “Instagram Influencer” than a football player.
In his Football Morning in America column, King also added that Antonio Browns is “alive and well” in the psyche of OBJ.
Ultimately, the league did not fine Beckham. The rules state he can’t wear a “hard” object. We’ll see what happens in Week 2.
All eyes will be on Beckham, especially in the New York area, as he returns to his former stadium.