Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most popular names in the NFL this week, mainly due to the issues that were seen against the Carolina Panthers. Michael Irvin is a former star receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and came out and said that Beckham Jr. has been the victim of many gay slurs throughout his career.
“He deals with it a lot,” Irvin said. “For some reason, everybody goes after him with gay slurs. He’s a different kind of dude. He has the hairdo out, he’s not the big muscular kind of dude. The ladies all love him. He’s a star. I wonder why people are going in that direction. It blows my mind. I told him he can’t let stuff that people say get to you.”
Why fans resort to throwing slurs at players is the sad reality of the world of sports that we currently live in.
His frustration finally seemed to get the best of him against the Panthers. He was running a route and stopped to hit Carolina cornerback Josh Norman in the head. Beckham was suspended soon after the fact, but rumors have been swirling that he will have his suspension overturned.
Whether that is the case or not is another question. Irvin’s comments are very concerning, especially as Beckham admitted that the slurs were something that bothered him in a big way.
Beckham still has to learn how to control himself even when he gets bothered and hurt by others.
Irvin has been a mentor to many young wide receivers and hopefully he can help stand beside Beckham now. He can teach him the importance of not listening to others and focusing on football.
Hopefully, though the suspension has since been upheld, the NFL takes a closer look at the conditions that Beckham played through in Week 15, as they certainly don’t sound very good.