Odell Beckham responds to ESPN writer’s snarky open letter
Odell Beckham Jr. has been on a social media binge of late reacting to perceived slights and responding to outright criticisms. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver returned to Twitter again on Wednesday, this time to weigh in on how an ESPN writer recently penned a snarky open letter to him.
The column from ESPN Cleveland’s Toni Grossi, titled, “Hey Odell: Where Are You?” condescendingly and sarcastically calls out the new Browns wideout for failing to show up for the team’s voluntary minicamp this week.
Instead of taking a shot at Grossi, Beckham instead opted to inform the writer exactly what he’s up to.
Training ! Thanks for your concerns!— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) April 24, 2019
Beckham actually did show up for the first day of the Browns’ voluntary workouts on April 1, but will not attend the team’s voluntary, three-day minicamp this week.
Browns general manager John Dorsey downplayed Beckham’s occasional, expected absences from the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program last week. On Tuesday, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens — who expressed an extreme fondness for Beckham earlier this offseason — similarly downplayed Beckham being a no-show.
“That was Odell’s (choice),’’ Kitchens said. “I didn’t encourage anything. Odell knows what’s at stake. He knows what he needs to be here for. This is strictly voluntary. If we wanted to critique people for not coming and coming, then we should make it mandatory as a league. Would I hold a grudge if he’s not going to come? No, I wouldn’t.”
Beckham is among the most enigmatic and unpredictable players in the NFL, and the Browns presumably were cognizant of how his personality can occasionally present some challenges. The assumption has to be that the Browns were adequately prepared for the inevitable bumps in the road, and perhaps unlike other NFL teams, understand the nature and meaning of the term “voluntary.”