Odell Beckham, Jr. gave his take on teammate Baker Mayfield walking out on a press conference and the Cleveland Browns receiver has his teammates back
There’s been a lot going on since the Cleveland Browns finished up their Week 8 game against the New England Patriots. After falling to 2-5, they found themselves in the middle of some trade discussions as the deadline approached.
Trying to land a left tackle, the Browns were reportedly in talks with the Washington Redskins for Trent Williams. That deal never took place but it did dominate the headlines for most of the day.
Oh, and there was the incident with Baker Mayfield. You might have heard about it, but in case you didn’t, we can recap.
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Tony Grossi asked Mayfield a question and continued to interrupt him when the quarterback tried to answer. After a couple of tries, Baker gave up and walked away after snapping at Grossi.
Of course, no one cared that Grossi has been pushing Mayfield’s buttons for years. He spoke against the team drafting him and since Mayfield has been in Cleveland, Grossi and the quarterback have been at odds.
Instead of saying all of that, the headlines have read that Mayfield stormed off and that makes him a terrible leader — or at least the narrative says that.
However, his teammates don’t agree. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. said the entire team needs to play better — including himself and Mayfield. He then said he will be the first one to “jump in the fire” with No. 6.
"“I’m going to jump in the fire with him. I’ll be the first one. Some of these losses are on me. I need to be in the right place at the right time. I’m going to do better. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of the season.” — Beckham said via Jake Trotter of ESPN"
That response is similar to what many players who have been on the same team as Mayfield have said in the past. At Oklahoma and in his short time with Cleveland, it’s become apparent that his teammates love him.
He’s not a cookie-cutter quarterback and never will be. That makes some uncomfortable — and that’s ok. Not everyone has to like him.
But the people who share the field with him do, and that’s all that matters. OBJ reminded everyone of that with his comments.