Odell Beckham continues beef with NFL over uniform policy
Odell Beckham has for the second time this week articulated his issues with the NFL’s uniform policy, arguing this time that its enforced arbitrarily and only “15 percent” of players actually comply with it.
Beckham’s latest gripe over the NFL’s policy arose when the league made the Cleveland Browns wide receiver change out of a pair of Joker cleats at halftime during last Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
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On Thursday, Beckham doubled down on his previously stated problems with the policy.
“I feel bad, but I really just don’t care. It’s not just me. I see players from the last game with pants that are on their thighs, but the tights are underneath so it’s like it’s all good,” Beckham said, via Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t want to get anybody else in trouble, but I see people wearing lime green and their colors, there’s no team in the NFL that’s lime green except Seattle. Sorry to my brother, I know you know who I’m talking about.
“I’m not really out here to hurt anybody by the cleats that I’m wearing. The (uniform) schedule changed, there was nothing I could really do. I’ll try my best to be like the other 15 percent of the NFL who follows the rules and then we’ll go from there.”
Last week’s incident is the third time Beckham has run afoul of league uniform policy this season. His much ballyhooed decision to wear an expensive watch during the Browns’ Week 1 game resulted in a fine (not to mention ultimately an endorsement deal). Beckham also insisted at the time that he was being targeted by the league with the scrutiny.
Beckham was then cited for another uniform violation in Week 6 because his uniform pants did not cover his knees.
Given Beckham’s obvious beef with NFL uniform policy — and refusal to comply with it — it’s likely this is not the last time we hear from the enigmatic wideout on the topic.