Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. needed to ‘gather thoughts’ in deleted Instagram post
Even as the revamped Cleveland Browns garner praise from all corners of the football world, there have been rumors that Odell Beckham, Jr. isn’t exactly pleased with his trade from the New York Giants. The superstar wide receiver poured more fuel on that fire on Tuesday, when in a since-deleted Instagram post he expressed a desire to step away from the spotlight to “reevaluate some the things in my life.”
The transcription of Beckham’s caption below is courtesy of Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan.
“P.S.A. I love you all so much, for the ones that follow and support I thank u all for that,” Beckham wrote. “I’m takin an emotional, mental, physical/ blah blah blah vacation . I appreciate the love honestly but at this moment for the next couple of days I’m goin dark. I won’t be around , phone is gone, with all due respect, please don’t text/ call / FaceTime unless it’s of the utmost importance. I really need some time to vibe and just get away, process, reevaluate some of the things in my life, as much has changed for me recently. I’m doin amazing thanks for askin!!! Im really just tryin to get everything together and gather all my thoughts so I can take the next steps in my life to be the very very very best me moving forward . God bless u all and again thanks for the love and support, I will see u soon…. Always LUVVVVV.”
Beckham was traded to the Browns last week in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers and first and third-round picks in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.
Cleveland has since been the talk of the league, with online sportsbooks even appraising rookie coach Freddie Kitchens’ team as the AFC North favorites in the aftermath of adding several impact players, including Beckham, pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and running back Kareem Hunt.
After the deal was announced, Beckham told NFL Network’s Kim Jones that the trade was “bittersweet.” Giants star running back Saquon Barkley, though, said he spoke with Beckham in the wake of his departure from New York and that his former teammate expressed displeasure about this latest chapter of his career.
“We talked over Facetime, he had just gotten traded, so I don’t think he was really happy about it,” Barkley said of Beckham, per NJ Advanced Media.