Odell Beckham Jr. Offers Update On Playing Status: I Would Like To Be In A Stable Environment
It looks like Odell Beckham Jr. is giving fans an update when it comes to the status of his football career.
During a recent episode of The Shop, Odell Beckham Jr., 30, gave some insight on where he is at mentally and what he would like to see happen next in his NFL career. When asked if he’s decided on what team he would like to play for, the free agent said,
“I haven’t made the decision. I would like to be in a stable environment. Get up 6 a.m., leave at 6 p.m. for four weeks and then let’s talk about it. I’ve played football for a long time. I’m not saying I couldn’t step in and play [in the] regular season, but I don’t see the point. I really don’t. I’d rather play when that pressure’s on.”
“I went through the whole playoffs and I was–after having my first bad playoff experience, all I was ready for was to clear that off my name.”
"I'm not saying I couldn't step in and play regular season, but I don't see the point."@obj talks more about his playing future this season.
— NFL On Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) December 9, 2022
Nearly 10 months after tearing his ACL, many wonder where the wide receiver will head to next. According to reports, Odell Beckham is fresh off of a free agency tour. During this tour, he got to meet with the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. Throughout this tour, it became quite clear that numerous teams want the famed athlete. However, there is a concern that OBJ isn’t in shape to play this season.
In the meantime, the athlete has been pretty busy going at it with Nike.
As previously reported, Odell Beckham Jr. has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the powerhouse apparel company. The star athlete is claiming that Nike cost him millions of dollars by suppressing sales of sneakers that would’ve triggered a contract extension.
The lawsuit claims that in 2017, when his original Nike deal expired, Odell Beckham Jr. strongly considered switching teams and taking his talents to Adidas, who offered him a huge contract. However, not wanting to lose the famed public figure, Nike allegedly exercised their right to match the Adidas deal, which is where things seemingly started to go south. Odell claims that despite what Nike had promised, the fine print was different and it wasn’t really the same deal. In addition, the way the Nike contract was structured made it nearly impossible for him to trigger very valuable extensions of the deal.
Last month, Odell released an official statement on his lawsuit and issues with Nike.
“Being a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon was a dream I’ve had since being a young boy. I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the Nike Family. When Nike exercised its right of first refusal to match the Adidas offer and not only kept me as a Nike Athlete, but also made me one of their Brand Icons – my dream had been fulfilled.”
“Unfortunately, Nike did not honor its commitments. Throughout our partnership, I have kept my promise and fulfilled my obligations to the brand. I am extremely disappointed that I’ve had to take these measures to ensure Nike fulfills their obligations and promises. Today, I’m taking a stand not just for me, but to set a precedent for all athletes who have dedicated their life to the sport they love – especially those who don’t have the means to stand up for themselves. We are held responsible for fulfilling our obligations under our contracts, but we also have to hold powerful companies like Nike accountable for honoring their commitments too.”
“I look forward to resolving this issue and hope we can start a real conversation about protecting athletes and their rights. This happens too often in the sports industry and it’s time for change. As this is now a legal matter, please refer any questions to my attorney, Daniel Davillier.”
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