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A bad look for Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. at college football title game

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Odell Beckham Jr. faces an arrest warrant for slapping a Mercedes-Benz Superdome security guard on the butt. While there are certainly many crimes that are far worse committed by athletes, it is hard to find one that is more fitting. With cameras rolling on a night that should not have been about him, Beckham just had to do what Beckham so often does. There is a preponderance of evidence that he is what he slapped.

This happened on the night Beckham’s school, LSU won the College Football Playoff National Championship. It was nice to see Beckham, one of the great players in LSU history, support this year’s team. It was less nice to see him relentlessly draw attention to himself. I suspect the current players don’t care; he is OBJ, after all. But it’s getting hard to watch.

Earlier in the evening, he had apparently handed cash to the players in celebration, which would violate NCAA rules (the school is investigating the incident). You might think the rules are antiquated and unfair, and I’m not here to argue that; that’s not the point. If Beckham wanted to give the guys some beer money, he could have done it just about any other moment of the year and gotten away with it. This was not the time for it.

Beckham wanted to put on a show at the national championship, with himself in the middle of it. It is the same reason he wore a watch worth up to $350,000 during games, in violation of NFL rules. Again, while that rule may be dumb, that doesn’t mean breaking it is smart. It was just another way for Beckham to draw attention to himself.


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