Odell Beckham Jr. is back in the news cycle and this time for one of the whackiest reasons we’ve heard yet.
Apparently, the controversial organization PETA, who has what seems like an issue with a new person every day, is ticked off about a recent social media video the New York Giants star wide receiver posted to his account. Here is the video that Beckham is now catching grief from PETA for:
PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) released the following statement about the video Beckham posted (h/t NJ.com):
THESE SENSITIVE AND MUCH-ABUSED ANIMALS BELONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN NATURE, NOT PIMPED OUT AS PROPS BY SHAMELESS ROADSIDE ZOOS. WE’RE SURE THAT ODELL BECKHAM JR. HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SLEAZY SAFARI PARK WHERE THIS YOUNG CHIMPANZEE IS KEPT HAS A LENGTHY RECORD OF VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW AND USES GREAT APES AND BIG-CAT CUBS IN CHEAP PUBLICITY STUNTS LIKE THIS. THESE ENCOUNTERS ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, AND PETA URGES EVERYONE—INCLUDING BECKHAM, WHO CERTAINLY DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER INJURY—TO STEER CLEAR OF CRUEL FACILITIES THAT EXPLOIT ANIMALS.
PETA’s major issue regarding the video has to do with who provided the animals for Beckham to make the video with. According to PETA, they were provided by the ‘notorious roadside zoo’ Myrtle Beach Safari.
We don’t expect much to come from this, but it’s certainly a story to keep an eye on given Beckham’s activity on social media in the offseason. It has been a fairly quiet offseason from Beckham on social media with the exception of his video. In addition, there has not been much buzz surrounding the Giants wide receiver with the exception of the controversial comments made by Beckham’s former teammate Mark Herzlich.
During an appearance on CBS Sports Radio, Herzlich, who spent the 2011-2017 seasons with the Giants, offered an interesting evaluation of the Giants’ situation in 2017 when asked about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ current situation with wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“It would drive me absolutely crazy,” Herzlich said of Brown’s antics, “it would drive me nuts. First of all, that starts with the head coach, and as much as I love Mike Tomlin and as much as he might not deserve the blame for these antics, I saw it happen to Ben McAdoo.
“He came in, we had a good season, and Odell started doing things that were distractions for the team. And Ben McAdoo, who is a young coach — which Mike Tomlin is not — let those things go for a long period of time. Then when it was time to put his foot down, he could only put his foot down to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. There was this unfair balance of power: ‘This guy can break the rules, but I can’t?’ It’s a double standard. Once you lose the respect of the locker room, then you have a tough time coming back.”
Herzlich’s reference to the Rodgers-Cromartie situation is interesting, to say the least. As noted at the time, Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension appeared to stem from his disagreement with the Giants’ 2017 defensive coaching staff about his playing time. At the time, ESPN’s Josina Anderson pointed out how the suspension will not sit well in the Giants locker room because Rodgers-Cromartie was so well-liked by his teammates — she was correct. Ex-head coach Ben McAdoo never explained what actually went down with Rodgers-Cromartie that led to his suspension, and according to beat writer Art Stapleton, several players told him that Jessie Armstead, special assistant in player development, met with the players in the locker room to give an explanation on what went down with Rodgers-Cromartie.
“We’re gonna talk about it in this afternoon’s meeting,” Giants 2018 defensive captain Landon Collins said after the suspension went public. “It’s a big issue in the room and we need to address it. We don’t need anyone else separating from the team.”
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The Giants have since moved away from the McAdoo era, but after another losing season in 2018, there are still rumors circulating about Beckham’s availability on the trade market. As of now, there is nothing to report and we expect that to remain the case all the way through the 2019 regular season opener. Earlier this offseason, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman publicly shut the door on any Beckham trade possibilities.