Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A talented wide receiver is throwing fits with his own team.
Wide receivers are widely acknowledged to be the prima donnas and divas of football. The saying is, the further away from the line of scrimmage you get, the fussier and harder to deal with they become. Two of the best receivers to ever play, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss had more than their fair share of tirades and temper tantrums.
Neither ever won a championship.
This is not to suggest that all receivers are this way. The GOAT to ever play the position, Jerry Rice was anything but. Same goes for players like Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson. However the receiver who has seemed to fall next in line as the prima donna of the league would be Odell Beckham Jr., who recently claimed that he wasn’t having fun anymore.
He’s not getting any sympathy from anyone.
After Monday’s loss to the undefeated Minnesota Vikings in which Beckham was held to a career-low 23 yards on 3 catches, his own quarterback said that “He’s brought it on himself,” in regards to how he is treated and viewed across the league. His flamboyant behavior at times as well as his inability to act like a grown man and control his emotions has put an enormous target on his back. Opposing defenders routinely get in his head with trash talk and physical play. Rather it be verbally (being routinely called a slur that rhymes with maggot) or physically (his over-the-top battles with Josh Norman) it’s widely accepted that you can knock Beckham Jr. off his game by getting into his head.
In consecutive weeks, his head coach AND quarterback have called him out for his antics detrimental to the team.
Beckham is one of the league’s elite route runners with incredible ability to get in and out of his breaks with lightning quickness. We’re all aware of his unbelievable ability to make the highlight real with his signature one handed snags. But his tremendous ability is getting overshadowed by his inability to fight through even the most minor adversity.
Think about it.
The dude was on the cover of Madden after being in the league just one year. He took over the role as the face of the NFL for Head and Shoulders from Troy Polamalu. Yet he still whines and cries as the victim every single time he doesn’t get his way. He cries when corners get physical with him in an attempt to disrupt the timing of his route running and disrupt the rhythm of the Giants’ offense. He whines and refuses to take any responsibility when he gets flagged for physically retaliating after the whistle has blown.
“There’s never an explanation from the officials. It’s always, it’s just my fault,” he said after the loss to the Vikings. “That’s all I look at it as: It’s my fault. I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag.”
Grow the fuck up.
It IS your fault. Everyone watching knows you can’t control your emotions and you have a target on your back. He’s been fined six times in just 31 games – not even a full two seasons – for taunting and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. While still amassing fantastic receiving numbers in his first two seasons, he’s seen his yards per game and catch rate drop each year, including this year. He has never seen nor even remotely sniffed the playoffs, as the Giants have been 6-10 each of his two seasons. The Giants currently sit at 2-2. He can’t even win a battle taking out his emotions on a kicking net.
So while Beckham Jr. is crying that he no longer has fun playing football anymore, no one else cares. His teammates don’t. They think it’s ridiculous, as evidenced by Eli Manning and head coach Ben McAdoo calling him out on his actions. Opposing teams sure don’t, which if anything will just further fuel the sexual orientation slurs that are hurled his way. Fans sure don’t, as he is quickly ruining his role as a league-wide fan favorite with his actions. Endorsements will be next in line to drop him like a bad habit if he cannot find a way to stop acting like a spoiled child who gets told to put his toys away and go to bed.
OBJ might not be having fun playing football. And that’s fine. Because we sure as hell aren’t having fun watching him and his antics anymore.