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Colin Cowherd rips into Browns’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham, Colin Cowherd

One of the sports world’s most imminently inflammatory talking heads, believe it or not, is again going out of his way to criticize one of the NFL’s biggest stars.

After superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. left Cleveland Browns OTAs after just one practice session earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd called him out for a perceived lack of commitment to the game.

“This is what wore the New York Giants out,” he said of Beckham on Thursday’s edition of The Herd. “Sixty-five days from the trade, he’s gotta get his mind right? I mean, come on now. Am I being a hater or am I being honest here? I like OBJ, but the injuries, the net, the boat – most of his career now is “the catch” and a bunch of nonsense.”

“And Cleveland Browns fan, because they’re fans and fan is short for fanatic, are giving you the classic, ‘It’s all good here! Just drive on by, nothing is happening here. Everything is perfect here.’ No it’s not. No it’s not,” Cowherd continued.

Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, was traded to Cleveland in March in exchange for first and third-round picks in the NFL draft and promising third-year safety Jabrill Peppers. After his introductory press conference with the Browns, the 26-year-old flew back to Los Angeles to continue training on his own while many of his teammates worked out at team headquarters. He reported back to Cleveland on Monday and participated in the first session of OTAs 24 hours later, but skipped out on Wednesday’s practice, the only one made available to media.

All of the Browns’ offseason activities to date, it bears reminding, have been voluntary.

Coach Freddie Kitchens defended Beckham’s no-show on Wednesday, insisting what’s most important is that he be with the Browns “when he can present his best self,” according to the New York Post. The Giants traded Beckham in part due to a perception within the front office that his presence, both on and off the field, was a bigger distraction for the team than a driving force behind its success.

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