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Odell Beckham Jr. blows off criticism of bromance with Antonio Brown


Odell Beckham Jr. had an eventful weekend even before he blasted officials following the New York Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. And now the enigmatic Giants wide receiver is blowing off any and all criticism over his pregame activities, not to mention some in-game conduct as well.

First, Beckham on Saturday posted a video to Instagram showing him hanging out with Steelers wide receiver and kindred spirit Antonio Brown.

A video posted by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

The video prompted some to criticize Beckham over the notion he spent time fraternizing with an opponent so close to a game.

The more damning incident related to Beckham’s so-called bromance with Brown is how FOX cameras caught Beckham admiring a play made by Brown during Sunday’s loss. After Brown made an impressive 22-yard touchdown catch, Beckham was shown smiling and clapping in appreciation.

Beckham indicated afterward he sees nothing wrong with his friendship with Brown, nor should his antics following Brown’s TD catch be misinterpreted.

“I didn’t admire the points going on the board. But I admire him. So, it’s a tough balance,” Beckham said, via “… It is what it is. You really can’t sit there and worry about what everybody else is saying about something, or somebody’s mad because I smiled when he scored…

“It’s not like I’m sitting there rooting for him against our team, ‘Oh man, tear it up.’ No, I don’t want us to lose.”

The NFL, in fact all of professional sports, are vastly different than the days of yesteryear when players on different teams hated one another both on and off the field. But times have changed and it’s not uncommon at all anymore to see two would-be rivals actually be close friends.

The case can be made that Beckham’s reaction to Brown’s touchdown Sunday may have been inappropriate in some respects. But any criticism over Beckham and Brown being pals is arguably unfounded. Although some criticism could be levied at both Brown and Beckham for allowing their friendship to possibly inhibit preparations for the next day’s game.