Odell Beckham Jr. can’t seem to catch a break from scrutinizing eyes, but his latest point of controversy “shouldn’t be an issue."
The Browns’ star receiver — who’s been singled out by the NFL yet again, this time for wearing a Richard Mille model RM 11-03 McLaren sport watch (valued at nearly $200K) during Cleveland’s Week 1 game against the Titans — has no plans to change how he accessorizes.
“If anybody else would’ve worn the watch, or if it was a $20 watch, it wouldn’t have been no problem,” Beckham said of the reason he thinks the NFL is making a big deal out of his fashion choice. His performance Week 1 has basically been rendered irrelevant with how much attention his watch has been given.
The NFL has no policy against wearing jewelry, but does have a rule against wearing “hard objects."
According to the Official NFL Rules the league prohibits: “Hard objects and substances, including but not limited to casts, guards or braces for hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, hip, thigh, knee, and shin unless such items are appropriately covered on all edges and surfaces by a minimum of 3/8-inch foam rubber or similar soft material."
But OBJ has pointed out his watch is not metal, it’s actually plastic and there are players that wear metal knee braces on the field.
“You don’t see them taping it up, no jewelry on, so I’m good," Beckham said.
The NFL hasn’t yet reached out to OBJ directly, according to the 26-year-old, though it had said it would on Monday.
OBJ also wore the watch throughout training camp without any issues.
Late Monday night Beckham posted a tweet, seemingly in response to the criticism over his watch: “If ain’t one thing.... it’s another...”
The tweet prompted responses from many, including Youtube’s Global Head of Gaming and Virtual Reality, who also happens to be a Browns fan. “Forget about the watch thing, man. I loved how you handled yourself after the game,” Wyatt said.
OBJ replied: “All good my guy! We just wanna make ya’ll proud. And win games. Im just here to play football to the best of my ability. Im not worried bout the stupid ish... let’s talk football not something that don’t matter. It didn’t affect the game either way.. MNFLFG.”
— with AP