We must realize all the baggage that comes with Odell Beckham is here to stay
After consuming enough media info on Odell Beckham Jr. to make my head explode, there is a major factor concerning the Giants’ one-man answer to the Kardashian crew that has slipped through the cracks.
So, what happens if OBJ can’t pull it back? What happens if he can’t change a lifestyle that is troubling to so many, especially those who still believe there is a “Giants way” of living your football life? Make no mistake, these are not great philosophical questions to answer.
They are more of the simple variety. Stuff we all face. Like not being able to stop consuming ice cream, cherry pie, or pizza. Harmless “vices” but still hard to shake. It won’t be easy for Beckham either. This cat, already a superstar in the age of social media (we know, he hasn’t won anything yet), is a free spirit living life the way he wants to.
Nothing wrong with that, unless you are a member of the Giants looking for a new contract, which would make you extremely rich. Then the equation changes. You hear the preaching in the Valley of the Stupid, and other media precincts, all the time. Stuff about whether the Giants would be taking “a big risk” by paying OBJ all that money. Or how someone in the Giants organization must “get to Odell” and convince him to change his ways. Or maybe how the Giants should rid themselves of a headache and trade him. Rarely do you hear how the Giants brass has enabled Beckham to do what he does.
Then there is Fox’s (First Thing First) Cris Carter who said he is “disappointed“ in Beckham and warned him “You are in sports. You are not some rapper.” Was Carter really upset? Or just angry because OBJ didn’t have a Fall Guy in that hotel room?
All of these pronouncements currently result from a seven-second video of OBJ sitting on a bed in a Paris hotel room eating pizza with a young lady who looked to be in the possession of some white powder, aka cocaine. How nefarious. How dare OBJ put himself in such a spot.
Please. This all turned into another opportunity for commentators to tell Beckham how to live his life. In this case it was allowing himself to be in a room with someone pointing their phone in his face to surreptitiously record a video. The seconds of video provided hours and hours of commentary.
It was as if getting “caught” made him either a bad guy or a dope. No, what it really makes him is one of the most recognizable faces in the NFL. That’s not a bad thing, especially for those who, now more than ever, spend more and more time talking about Beckham. Seems they should thank him.
Rather than telling Odell Beckham Jr. how to live his life.
YO, WHAT’S UP?
Mickey Callaway’s message of change apparently has not filtered down to Yoenis Cespedes, when it comes to the slugger’s relationship with the media.
Video of a Cespedes (Tuesday) media session being cut short (which aired Wednesday on SNY’s “Baseball Night in New York”) was proof positive. The subject was the mystery surrounding Cespedes’ right wrist (he received a cortisone shot to dull the pain). And when the session started getting juicy it was abruptly terminated.
Did Cespedes tell Mets PR he only had a limited amount of time?
Or did Mets staffers pull the plug because they didn’t want to prolong any psychic discomfort Cespedes may have been experiencing?
It doesn’t really matter. This was a terrible look for Cespedes and only added to the mystery surrounding his wrist. Seamhead sources say Cespedes usually picks and chooses when he will speak with boss scribes. They don’t see that policy changing.
TALK ABOUT IT
Richard W. DiPietro Jr., star of ESPN-98.7’s “Humpty, Canty, Rothy Show,” ranted last week about the media abandoning the FBI’s college hoops investigation after Arizona coach Sean Miller denied allegations, in an ESPN story, that he discussed a $100,000 payment to Deandre Ayton to get him to play for the Wildcats.
“Something else (another big story) comes along and nobody talks about it (the FBI investigation),” DiPietro said.
Here’s a novel concept DiPietro should consider: Why doesn’t he talk about it? DiPietro is the straw that stirs the drink on the show, he can set the agenda.
So, DiPietro and his crew should keep the FBI investigation on the front burner and spend a little less time talking about a video of Dave (Rothy) Rothenberg dancing naked after a Giants Super Bowl win.
THE ONE AND ONLY KEN SINGLETON
Ken Singleton is departing the Yankees TV booth after this season, but will YES still employ multiple mouths when he’s gone in 2019?
Headed into this season YES will use eight in-game voices. When Singleton splits will Fox, which owns YES, look to cut costs and go with a smaller crew? Or will Fox keep the status quo and replace Singleton with yet another voice.
One of the hardest missions covering this beat is finding anyone who had a bad word to say about Singleton. It was Mission Impossible. Singleton is a voice of reason and responsibility. No shtick, all substance.
And in all his years in broadcasting, which began in 1985 on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Singleton never ticked anyone off. He leaves on his own terms, on top.
While the signs are definitely there, don’t look for an intramural war of words between WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows.
Morning mouth Greg Giannotti has gone on the offensive with unflattering imitations of Chris Carlin, one third of “The Afternoon Nap” crew. This is just another way to promote the afternoon show. It’s staged jive.
“This is cross-promotion,” a FAN mole said. “This isn’t like (Craig) Carton ripping (Mike) Francesa. That was truly bad blood. Management would never let what’s going on now (between the morning and afternoon shows) get out of hand.”
Another reason this will never turn into a real feud is because Giannotti and afternoon mouth Bart Scott are represented by the same agent, Mark Lepselter.
Wonder what the NFL Schedule Gnomes think about the Jets’ and Giants’ free agent moves? Since the sked is made before the NFL Draft, got to believe the changes have not impressed the Gnomes enough to give Gang Green and Big Blue dates on the premier package, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”… Let’s just be polite and say there were still a lot of questions left unanswered by former ESPN boss John Skipper in that Hollywood Reporter interview where he claimed he was extorted by his cocaine dealer… ESPN 98.7’s Michael Kay said if the Jets don’t make the playoffs “in 2 years” they will have been out of the playoff mix for nine years and “(Todd) Bowles and (Mike) Maccagnan should be fired.” What? Seems to me Jets management is just displaying the same patience ESPN-98.7 suits have displayed with the Kay show, which has been on the air since 2002 and never been No. 1 in afternoon-drive ratings.
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DUDE OF THE WEEK: RICHARD SHERMAN
For his graceful exit from Seattle. Since he represents himself, Sherman was able to provide unfiltered access into his heart and soul when he departed the Seahawks and headed to San Francisco. He shed light on his decision making process, which was both fascinating and exhilarating. Reading Sherman’s timeline of the journey was an eye-opening experience.
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: NBC SPORTS
We realize it’s a long hockey season. And producers of national telecasts feel compelled to try new wrinkles to entertain, inform, and generate press. But the ill-advised idea to add actress Susan Sarandon to Wednesday’s Rangers-Penguins telecast on NBCSN for a full period added zero. It also opened up Sarandon to an undue amount of criticism. Nice try with the gimmick, but now it’s time to shelve it.
What Aaron Judge said: “(Brian) Cashman called briefly about it (my conversation with Manny Machado), gave me a refresher that MLB’s sensitive to that kind of stuff.”
What Aaron Judge meant to say: “Cashman called me and told me to keep my comments to the media as unrevealing as possible.”
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