Odell Beckham Jr. just signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with the New York Giants which now makes him the highest paid receiver in the NFL, yet it seems Beckham believes he is just not being treated fairly at all. The highest paid receiver in the NFL has a gripe.
In a recent appearance on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop” Beckham complained he feels like a “zoo animal” at times in his situation.
“Beckham, who is known for his exuberant celebrations and cockiness on the field, was made the highest-paid wide receiver in football Monday. He told James about how he thinks he’s perceived.
“To me, I be feeling like, I tell people this all the time — I really feel like a zoo animal. Like that’s where life’s gone for me,” he said. “You know, you used to take your kids to the zoo and we used to be like, you know, ‘I want to see the lions’ or ‘Let’s go see the lions.’ And you go out there, and the lions are laid out. You know what I mean?
"I really feel like a zoo animal… That's where life has gone for me." – @OBJ_3
— JP (@JPYahooSports) August 29, 2018
“And it’s like, why aren’t they doing lion stuff, you know what I mean? Like I’ve got people who call out, ‘Odell! Dance!’ Like, I’m a show punk, a show monkey or something. Like I’m a puppet, you know what I mean? And it’s like to me, that doesn’t feel good, but it’s like, damn, that’s what life became. But, can you ever really detach from that?’”
It seems both Beckham and James also take exception to how black athletes are treated differently than white athletes. Beckham described a situation where he did not want to take a picture with a fan and the fan objected.
Fox News continues:
“Beckham and James also talked about the expectations that come with being a black athlete. The Los Angeles Lakers star said there’s a double standard when it comes with being African-American, saying there would be a different response if he did one thing and a guy like Aaron Rodgers did it too.
“And we’re doing the same s—, the same exact s—, I’m talking about the phone is on. We’re like, ‘Yo, get that f—–g phone out of my face. I’m with my family.’ If we’re out with our family, and we say that s—, and somebody posts it, and if Aaron Rodgers or one of those guys say that s—, and they post it, somebody’s going to be like, ‘Hey you guys should respect Aaron Rodgers,’” James said.
“Beckham then told the story about an interaction with a fan who wanted to take a picture with him.
“I had it happen the other day. I didn’t want to take a picture. Like, I’m like I’m really in a rush, I’ve got to go. I get on Twitter, it’s like, oh, yeah, I’m a Giant season ticket-holder for thirty years. I’m like, ‘First of all, you’re twenty-something,’” he said. “And then, it’s like, oh, he’s an a——, he didn’t want to take a picture.’”
It seems Beckham might want to be brought back down to a little place called reality. Without fans? He has no job. Never mind he is the highest paid wide receiver in the entire NFL. It seems a hard dose of reality is needed and Beckham needs to grasp that while getting paid $95 million to throw a ball playing a game for a living. It is not being treated like a “zoo animal” nor is it “racist.” What it is, in fact, is more than some white players get paid and is frankly quite generous. He should be grateful for the opportunity.
Beckham may also want to check out getting his personal life in order as he was recently accused of trying to illegally pay $1,000 to have sex with a woman according to a lawsuit filed in California.
The New York Post reports:
“The allegations were laid out in an email from lawyer Emmanuel Nsahlai to opposing counsel that was attached to a lawsuit claiming Beckham’s one-time pal Ishmael Temple was assaulted at the Pro Bowler’s Beverly Hills home in January.
“Nsahlai was apparently responding to an attempt by Beckham and his attorney, Daniel Davillier, to “smear” his client’s name.
“You want to call my client a ‘pimp,’ when he is a Hollywood Nightlife Promoter?” Nsahlai wrote, in reference to Temple.
“Well, again, what does that say about your client interacting with ‘pimps,’” Nsahlai adds in the July 4 email to Beckham’s legal team.
“And by the way, my client is not a pimp, nor even a provider of escort services, as I have repeatedly told you. In contrast, we have evidence of your client offering $1K to sleep with a girl from Arizona visiting LA known to my client.”
“Nsahlai notes how the alleged act is “illegal” — a violation of California’s Penal Code 647(b).
“It is called ‘solicit prostitution,’ I think. I believe its a felony, but you are free to look that up yourself,” he says.
“Nsahlai also claims to have “evidence of drugs of the most prohibited types” being “readily available and consumed” at Beckham house parties.
“Nsahlai goes on to say that he offered to drop the lawsuit for $225,000 but a deal was never agreed upon. It’s unclear why.
“Temple filed the initial suit in March — claiming he got beat up by Beckham, his personal chef, and his private security guard to “almost a loss of his life” following a confrontation he had with them the week before. The alleged assault occurred on January 14.
“As if this was not inhuman enough, Beckham then further committed assault and battery by asking that the plaintiff be thrown out of his house in the early hours of the morning even though plaintiff was soaked with blood, cut lips, lost numerous front teeth, gnashed eyelids, bloodied clothes and semi-conscious,” the complaint says. “Yet, it was this very Beckham who sent a [text message] to plaintiff, inviting him to his residence. It was defendant Beckham who knew, prior to the incident…that his security guard had assaulted plaintiff, and promised to keep plaintiff safe.
“Beckham was even told on that January 14, 2018, that his security guard had pulled a gun on plaintiff, and yet assured plaintiff no harm will come to him.
“Acting as his agents, Beckham and the others committed heinous torts against plaintiff,” the complaint adds. “They acted with total and wanton disregard for his life in not even calling for an ambulance service for him, getting him medical attention, as he bled to near unconsciousness.’”
Perhaps Beckham is treated poorly because he treats others poorly and believes people are disposable? Just a thought.
LeBron Confesses To Being Racist And Proud In Nasty Warning To ‘White People’ In America
Lebron James is the poster boy NBA player famously known for having a freakish talent on the court, but also by being the guy who constantly switches teams, flops on the court like a soft loaf of bread, complains about air conditioning, does not have as many championship rings as Michael Jordan, isn’t clutch in the playoffs, not fully funding the “Promise” school that uses him as their advertisement, and now he has a bizarre message about white people that might have some fans and haters wondering what’s going on with the mega-rich athlete.
James is making moves in the off-season with his mostly taxpayer-funded public school, which seems to be a public school giving away bikes as a gimmick and maybe some tuition money, but how sustainable is that over the long-run? He’s also making headlines another way by admitting that he didn’t really seem to like white people and viewed them “suspiciously” as well as not wanting to be around them.
Sounds a little bit racist, right? Part of why he says this is because he was raised by a family who might now be considered racist as the upbringing he had seemed centered on thinking that white people were no good. I’m pretty sure Lebron James isn’t 80-years-old and a victim of the era where black and white people used different water fountains, but maybe his parents were still mentally stuck in that racist era that people are ashamed of, but are now happy to be beyond that nonsense.
“NBA star LeBron James recently admitted that, due to his upbringing, he initially viewed whites suspiciously, and did not want to be around white people until he learned to give them a chance.
“James made his admission on HBO’s The Shop talk show saying that when he first began attending an exclusive, mostly white, private high school in Akron, Ohio, he was not very keen on having to talk to white people, according to TMZ.
“In fact, James says that when he first started attending the school, he did not want to make any white friends among his classmates.
“Took me a while to adjust to it … I was like, I’m not f*cking with white people, that was my initial thought to white America,” James admitted.
“The newly minted Los Angeles Laker admitted that his “institutionalized” upbringing in the black community taught him that whites did not want what was best for him.
“I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it,” James said of his introduction at 14 years of age to white people. “I don’t want nothing to do with white people, I don’t believe that they want anything to do with (me),” he said. “Me and my boys we going to high school together and we here to hoop.”
“It took me a little while to kind of adjust to it,” James added.
“But, Maverick Carter, James’ business partner and friend, added that by the end of that first year, James’ friends from the hood and his new white friends from school were all enjoying each other’s company on a regular basis.”
Are people still raising their kids in an institutionalized way? Perhaps. Are people in urban areas less focused on education and more focused on looking cool and being popular? Absolutely. When there are households with eight children by multiple men and the woman refuses to work, and the men have taken off, and no one is there to raise the children properly or instill any concept of “education is important,” then what chance do those kids have? If they’re not talented like Lebron James, then they have no chance at life and end up living a lifestyle riddled with crime and low grades and thinking cops are out to get them. That’s how a lot of children in urban environments are raised and it’s sad.
Not every kid will be a freakish athlete like Lebron. Maybe one in every million becomes a pro athlete, so there’s basically no chance and anyone dreaming about it is wasting their time.
Is Lebron James racist now? Doubtful. He probably grew out of that once he realized that we are no different. Our talents might vary, but we are all humans. Maybe Lebron finally realized that, but maybe not.
Out of all the gimmicky things he has done and all the whining, this is the first time that I’ve actually had any respect for him. For him to admit this was a pretty big thing to own up to. For once Lebron James was likable because he was extremely honest about his upbringing, even if it was embarrassing and controversial.
However, as soon as I’m done writing this, then I’ll go back to being a hater again.
I can see through his gimmicks and inability to be loyal to a city with his talent. That’s something we didn’t have to worry about with Michael Jordan, which is why Lebron won’t ever be the greatest.
NFL Team Replaces American Flag With Enraging New Version – Grossly Unacceptable
As TV ratings dwindle, stadiums suffered from low attendance this weekend – as photos of thousands of empty seats make their way around social media, and football season gears up, players choosing to take a knee in protest during the National Anthem shows no sign of abating. Meanwhile, the NFL itself continues to be utterly tone-deaf to the majority of America.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 54% of Americans polled believe kneeling during the National Anthem is inappropriate. Only 44% state they do not mind the kneeling players, according to the Washington Times. The poll revealed that those that no longer choose to follow the NFL as a result of the protest had grown by 10% since the last time the poll was taken in 2014.
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Even as much of the mainstream media and sports media alike continue to loudly support protests and players insist that it is their First Amendment right to conduct them, it appears that for all intents and purposes they have failed to convince the rest of America of their message. Many have chosen to simply tune out rather than continue to support what they view as complete disrespect for combat veterans, the fallen and their families.
Those choosing to protest and their supporters insist that the protests are not about any offense to the military but while perhaps they do not intend to do so, that is exactly what they are doing. And, since the NFL’s future depends on selling overpriced ad spots to massive corporations looking for a consistent number of eyeballs, alienating any group of viewers, for whatever reason, is just bad for business.
Consistent with the tone-deaf message of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers management made an epic blunder in their recent choice to display a rather odd looking variation on the American flag. During the pre-game ceremony, Green Bay Packers displayed a made-up version of the American flag during the National Anthem, which was three solid color stripes with the blue stripe containing the stars.
Social media exploded with those fans that still choose to follow the NFL and the Packers with commentary ranging from that “what in the world is that?” to “that’s not my flag!”
— Jeff Bonilla (@jeff_bonilla18) September 30, 2018
The message was loud and clear. That is not the American flag and the Green Bay Packers should get rid of this banner immediately. Perhaps this might be the one occasion where taking a knee during the National Anthem might be acceptable and appropriate?
Pictures of the pregame ritual before the Green Bay Packers-Buffalo Bills matchup on Sunday went viral after several fans at Lambeau Field snapped photos of a red, white and blue flag with modified stars and stripes.
Either way, it seems Green Bay got the message as the team announced directly after the game that it will no longer use the “banner,” according to Fox 11.
— steve 🏴 (@Stevee5) September 30, 2018
As the local news affiliate reports:
“During the National Anthem, the team used a red, white and blue banner. The banner had stars on the blue stripe.
“It’s not American, not American at all,” said Sandy Austin. “There are a lot of people who have quit the NFL because of the pre-game stuff and all that’s going on.”
“In a statement, Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey said the banner was not meant to represent the American flag.
“‘The banner used during Sunday’s pregame ceremony supplemented the three U.S. flags on the roof of the stadium and the flag carried by the color guard on the field. We’ve used such displays from time to time in the past when other pregame elements take up a significant portion of the field. To avoid causing confusion, we will not be using such displays in the future.'”
The #GreenBayPackers used this for the #American flag in pregame festivities! I guess it’s not enough to disrespect the flag by kneeling now the @NFL allows a team to completely reconstruct our national flag! Reason enough to #BoycottTheNFL! @RealJamesWoods @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/xSln7G2qgV
— John Cremeans (@JCremeans) September 30, 2018
According to Packers management, the University Of Wisconsin marching band featured approximately 200 members and they claim the marching band took up too much of the field to unveil the entire full American flag.
But that explanation was not flying for many Americans and the Green Bay Packers will no longer use the fictional flag banner. For the most part, the Packers have not chosen to actively participate in the “take the knee” protests during the National Anthem though they did choose to lock arms during one Thursday night game last season.
— David Croom (@dailycallout) September 30, 2018
NFL franchise owners’ support for the “take the knee” protests appear to be very much contingent on ratings and revenues, and many believe they will only continue to tolerate the protests as long as they do not negatively impact the bottom line. Case in point, the almost immediate decision to cease using the pseudo-flag in the representation of America.
NFL owners are nothing if not businessmen, so as Americans continue to hit them in their wallets by voting with their dollars, choosing to tune out or simply not attend the games, nothing is likely to change. Until attendance declines precipitously or it can be determined that the protests have directly impacted the bottom line and/or a corresponding decline in television ratings, they are unlikely to put their foot down.
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