Say what you want about Odell Beckham Jr., but it's almost undeniable that he was given the short end of the stick while he was in New York. He was portrayed as a locker room cancer by the media and his former general manager Dave Gettleman essentially said the same thing after he traded OBJ to Cleveland.
But as with every popular athlete, the fans often fail to see the whole story. We're able to mold our perceptions based on what we see, or what media but we are only given a fraction of what really goes on in any given locker room. And it seems like OBJ's teammate Olivier Vernon would agree with that sentiment.
#Browns DE @oliviervernon54 on @BullandFox on Odell: "He gets a bad rap, I don't know where the hell they got that from. If you never met the guy, don't know the guy, just keep your mouth shut. I played w the guy 3 yrs, now going on my 4th yr, he's a great teammate, great person"— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) May 15, 2019
Players always defend their own, and it's no different when it comes to OBJ.
Vernon isn't the first to come out and defend Beckham Jr., plenty of his teammates throughout the years have come to his defense. It's just another example of how sports media is able to skew the perception of an athlete based on one or two incidents.
Sure, Odell probably doesn't need to be hitting kicking nets or punching heaters on the sidelines during games. But does that make him a bad teammate or a locker room cancer? Us fans may think so, but based on what we've heard from his teammates, that couldn't be further fro the truth.
Come to Cleveland and ask O if he actually likes it. Just because you say you have a source doesn’t mean you’re not full of BS.— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 5, 2019
And while you’re at it... come see if I’m a baby... #10ToesDown
Maybe it's time we start taking what these players are saying a bit more seriously.
If OBJ was truly the locker room cancer that the majority of media outlets make him out to be, the number of teammates who have his back wouldn't be nearly as large as it is.