Earlier this week, Odell Beckham Jr. was in Miami, hanging out on a boat with some of his teammates. Justin Bieber and Trey Songz were there, too. This is incredibly common: Athletes, who have money and usually have famous friends, also enjoy being warm and tend to like boats.
But then Beckham picked the worst time to have one of his worst games of the year.
Beckham is one of the league’s best players. In the regular season, he had 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns. Coming into this weekend, he was the key to the Giants exploiting the Packers’ 31st-ranked passing defense. Instead, with four receptions for 28 yards, he was a complete nonfactor. Will Tye, a tight end who is apparently on the Giants, had more than double that yardage. And let’s repeat: This came against a Packers defense that is not very good.
Aside from the obvious downside to this — the Giants lost and Beckham’s season is done — the other consequence is that Beckham will enter into an infinite loop in the hot-take-a-sphere. He already got a taste of what’s to come this past week when the New York Daily News declared that Beckham and Co. “showed immaturity and selfishness with Biebergate.” For the next few months, Beckham might be the most criticized athlete in New York — and this is a state that has the Jets!
Songz, who live-tweeted the entire game with the enthusiasm of the most fervent Giants fan, offered this defense of the wide receivers on the boat:
He also seemed to get at the real issue with New York’s performance in the 38–13 loss: What is supposed to be one of the best defenses in the league gave up 400-plus yards and nearly 40 points to an offense that lost its no. 1 wideout and starting running back over the course of the game.
Oh, and for good measure, Songz RT’d this:
The Giants’ season is over. Back to the boat they go!