Odell Beckham Jr.’s strong statement on NFL not playing 2020 season
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s stance on whether the 2020 season should go ahead or not is very straightforward.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Beckham had a very direct message for the NFL and is prepared to do his part for it:
“We’re not ready for football season,” Beckham said “So why are we trying to push forward? I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.”
This is a very strong statement from one of the league’s top wide receivers. The interview with WSJ was done two weeks ago and, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Beckham’s stance has since changed after seeing how safe the Browns’ facility was and how many precautions the franchise is taking to ensure the players’ safety.
In spite of Beckham’s change of stance, his statement is still a powerful one and other players throughout the NFL have chosen to sit out the 2020 season in order to ensure their and their family’s safety and health. The league plans to reduce the time players have to choose whether or not to opt out this week, with the cutoff date expected to be this Wednesday.
Heading into his seventh year in the NFL, Beckham is looking to have a stronger showing than his first season in Cleveland, in which he had 1035 receiving yards, the fewest of his career for a full campaign.
The only season in which he had fewer receiving yards was an injury-shortened 2017 in which he had 302 receiving yards in four games played.