It’s safe to say that Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t live up to his reputation as one of the game’s best wideouts since joining the Cleveland Browns in 2019. His father, Odell Beckham Sr., believes this is because the Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield ignores Beckham Jr. during games.
Beckham Sr. recently made his opinion public by sharing a video on Instagram that shows all the times that his son was wide open, but Mayfield decided not to pass him the ball. The video also showcases plays that saw Mayfield targeting and missing Beckham Jr. due to overthrows or bad ball placement.
Beckham Sr. also didn’t hesitate to be active in the comments section by giving a stamp of approval when one fan wrote that Mayfield is “either hating on Odell or he just doesn’t want him shining.”
Later that day, Ohio native and NBA superstar LeBron James also added to the controversy when he showed his support to Odell Beckham Jr. on Twitter by writing that “OBJ will show again why he’s special.” He also added #FreeOBJ as part of the post, seemingly calling the Browns to trade Beckham.
Reportedly, Cleveland doesn’t intend to move Beckham Jr. before the NFL’s trade deadline despite the 28-year-old’s limited impact. They did receive some offers for the wideout lately, but neither made sense for the organization, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Beckham played six games in 2021 and has 17 catches for 232 yards on 34 targets. He is yet to score a touchdown this season.