As anyone who skimmed through the NBA box scores before getting to the real news this morning, like myself, you may have seen this story making the rounds.
If your someone who skims the real stories to actually read about the Golden State Warriors Memorial Playoffs (why?), you may be missing some context.
Long story short, Odell sent a tweet explaining why he didn’t travel with the team when hurt, someone responded negatively, and he clapped back. You can see the thread here.
Most people, Giants fans and non-fan’s alike, have keyed in on his statement that the Giants were ok with losing.
It understandably ruffles feathers, but he isn’t exactly wrong. No, I don’t think anyone involved with the Giants, in any capacity, fans included, was “OK” with losing. What I do think is that it was something that became accepted. Not acceptable. Accepted. At least from a fan’s perspective, that was the case.
Once the wheels came off in 2017 and we saw how players, and one coach, were acting between games
it’s hard to think they thought much differently than us.
So again, he’s not exactly wrong.
Another (incredibly overused) take that came from this was the often revisted idea that Odell Beckham Jr. is a locker room cancer.
Now, I never agreed with that. I believe that he is a hyper-competitive teammate (operative word, TEAMMATE) who wore his emotions on his sleeves. That said, I will go as far to say that the antics that came out of those emotions were “annoying,” which I can see defined as a distraction.
I mean, come on, when you see this
and of course this
The line between annoying/distraction and cancer can be blurred.
But here’s the thing, he never fought back on the criticism he received. He always understood the market he was in, the perception it brought, and wore it knowing that people were simply putting his words in his mouth.
That last one is really hard to do, which I don’t think people appreciate enough.
How can you still hate him when you have Kevin Durant constantly complaining about the media, despite bringing it on himself, then saying shit like this.
Same goes for Kyrie Irving.
Odell and the NBA stars have the same level of celebrity and attention, but two different ways of handling it.
As far as the “cancer” argument goes. Did you forget about this guy?
After the shit this guy has pulled for the last three months, I don’t think we have any right to call OBJ a cancer anymore.
Lastly, I don’t put any weight into the “He’s a professional athlete, he shouldn’t even respond to this stuff,” argument either. I think people view professional athlete’s lives their their own personal lens. I don’t think anyone can comprehend the social media activity that buzzes around their accounts every second.
You think getting a few DMs a week from fake Russian bots is annoying? Try thousands of real people saying real things that apply directly to you.
I don’t wish that on anyone.
Except this guy.
It is a completely normal reaction to respond regardless of your job, social status, or bank account.
Athletes live in a completely different generation from what we’re used too. How we interact today is completely different than we did 15 years ago. Why we think they should continue acting as if it’s still the stone age is absurd.
So dislike the guy all you want, there are a million reasons too, I won’t fight you on any of them.
But don’t call him a bad guy, teammate, or whatever. Because he just isn’t.
That said, when he puts up record breaking fantasy numbers against the Giants one day, I might change my tune.