Baker Mayfield reacts to viral video of Odell Beckham Jr.’s father criticizing Browns QB
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns have apparently reached a crossroads. The veteran wide receiver was excused from training on Wednesday in a move reportedly led by the Browns’ brass that could very well be a permanent maneuver for the foreseeable future as they try to figure out their next steps. The move comes a day after the team reportedly sought to move him before Tuesday’s trade deadline and after Beckham’s father tore quarterback Baker Mayfield apart in a video posted to social media for not targeting his son.
In the comments section of the video, Beckham Sr. added more fuel to the flames, saying that Mayfield “either hated Odell or just didn’t want him to shine.” He also responded with “#bigfacts” to a post calling Mayfield poor.
“Naturally he wants his son to be successful. I can’t blame him,” Mayfield told reporters Wednesday, when asked about the video, via ESPN. “I want Odell to be successful. This is where we were at – or at least that’s what I thought.”
Mayfield admitted to being stunned by Beckham Sr.’s comments and added that he had not heard from Beckham Jr. since the video was posted. He also said he spoke to Jarvis Landry – Beckham’s closest friend on the team – about the incident, but that they “didn’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to. at all draw that line between them “.
According to Michael Silver of Bally SportsHead coach Kevin Stefanski told his players that Beckham is indeed not in the squad at the moment. CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora noted that Cleveland was unwilling to give him up and appeared “ready to burn a 53-man spot just to keep him out.”
“Unfortunately, that’s part of the job that isn’t a lot of fun,” Mayfield said of preparing to face the Bengals in Week 9 amid this drama off the field. “You want to try to eliminate distractions and everything, but trying to get the most out of your teammates is first and foremost, and I think the most important thing for me is to try to uplift the guys around me. refocusing on football is extremely important, it is something very unique.
“There is no manual for this one. There is no manual on how to navigate other than talking to people, seeing what they think about it and keeping it open because it is there. ‘one of those things that, as anyone can see, it can be a divisive thing or it can be a rallying cry. “
Despite Beckham’s absence at the moment, Mayfield seemed open to the possibility of resolving this issue.
“If he’s back then we’ll work on it and do whatever it takes,” Mayfield said. “I can put my ego and my pride aside to win. Because that’s all I care about is winning. Otherwise, then we’ll ride with the guys we have there. And these guys. will know that I trust them completely, and they will know that I am always there for them, and that is the leader and the type of quarterback that I am. “
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