Odell Beckham is getting a lot of love from former Cleveland Browns teammates and the fans need to learn to relax, rather than let it eat away at them
The Cleveland Browns have by far one of the most passionate fan bases in the NFL, which has been proven time and again. They love their team no matter what and haven’t even allowed some frustratingly bad seasons to deter their hope.
However, they might have finally found their breaking point during the Super Bowl. Watching Odell Beckham, Jr. win a title was hard after how he was released in a dramatic fashion midseason, but it’s what happened after the win that has really gotten under their skin.
Following the victory, Browns players went to social media to show their support for OBJ and some fans are not happy. There have even been unsolicited opinions to cut players such as Greg Newsome and Mack Wilson — with fans really getting emotional after Wilson told some to “shut up.”
While those words might have been harsh from Wilson, fans really should let this one go. That’s not said to excuse Beckham, because he could have handled his departure from Cleveland better. The real reason fans should let go, is the Browns organization already did.
Despite what was said on the NBC broadcast, Beckham was not kicked to the curb. General manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski met with OBJ and elected to grant him his release. They wanted him to move on and find a home he was happy with, which was a show of good faith on their part.
It also meant they were willing to move on and not worry what happened — even if that meant OBJ won a ring. And it wasn’t just the front office that wished him well when he left but so did his teammates. And since that’s continued, fans are starting to get irrational.
Odell Beckham did not destroy the Cleveland Browns
Those who are angry are saying OBJ destroyed the Browns and “tanked” their season. First off, this is false. He had a bad stretch but “tanking” is far from what was happening. He was frustrated and allowed it to affect his play but to say someone intentionally messed up in an effort to lose games for their teams is a harsh claim — and it’s baseless at this point.
As destroying the Browns, that’s also false. We have been told by social media that Beckham was a terrible teammate and a malcontent. If that was the case, there wouldn’t be so much support. Don’t believe me, look at Terrell Owens or Antonio Bryant who were able to get out of their contracts and teammates never said a word.
Cleveland’s 2021 season was ruined by poor play in the clutch and too many injuries. Saying OBJ was the reason for their failures is simply giving him too much credit.
In the end, it’s best for everyone to move on from the Odell drama and stop losing sleep over it. He got his ring, now get yourself some peace and move on. Let’s focus on the 2022 offseason and what this team can do to take the next step.