Odell Beckham Jr., a wide receiver for the New York Giants, hasn't been on his best behavior so far this football season.
He's been known to bump into referees and throw tantrums on the sidelines. And he's been hit with three fines because of his behavior, with the latest fine costing him almost $25,000:
Beckham's behavior has been drawing negative attention from the media and fans, alike.
“For The Win‘s” Charles Curtis wrote about the football stars behavior, saying:
“The wide receiver has the kind of once-in-a-generation talent wideouts dream of. But his attitude and fury on the field has gotten to the point where it’s affecting his play, and the Giants offense will fall apart if he can’t fix it.”
Meanwhile, former Giants great Michael Strahan has said that Beckham isn't a selfish player, but that he expects so much of himself and that the pressure that his offense and the media has put on him is a lot for a young player like Beckham to handle.
The 23-year-old athlete knows his behavior has been less than ideal. While talking with reporters last week, Beckham admitted that he wants to be a better role model for children:
“I think I just have to control what I can control. I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that. The thing that kills me is that I remember when I was a kid. I remember when I looked up to someone and watched them, emulated them.”
In fact, being a good example to children is all he says he really cares about:
“What I’m doing is not something I would want a 6-year-old boy to be out there and learn from. Honestly, as funny as it sounds, that’s really all I care about. Just being able to have that ability to be a blessing to someone else. To be an inspiration. That’s a lot of power. That’s very powerful to me. It feeds my soul. I would never, again, want to set a bad example for any kids or anything like that. I’m just doing the best to be me.”
Beckham told reporters that he remembers meeting quarterback Michael Vick when he was a kid and how excited he was.
That's who he wants to be for the youngest generation:
"I would go out there and I would be playing. I’m in warmups and I would see a little kid. I would run up to him. It’s almost like he wants to shake my hand but there’s this.
I remember when I was young and I met Mike Vick. It was such a great feeling for me to meet someone that I looked up to. Just keep that in mind. Just keep in mind that my little brother is watching. What example would I want to set for him. If you can do that and put that into perspective, even at a hard time like that, it’ll be alright."
Fellow Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz continues to stick by Beckham's side:
“See the thing about family is that when things aren't going our way or when things get tough we don't just abandon each other. We remain strong, in fact it'll only make us stronger in the long run. Family is forever not just when it's convenient for you. Just relax and smile @obj God will take care of the rest.”
Beckham will take the field again this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Hopefully, he'll be able to make good on plans to be a better role model.