Even Odell Bekcham Jr.’s closest allies no longer have his back.
Cris Carter, a Hall of Famer and Beckham’s mentor, sounded off on the Giants receiver Monday on his show, “First Things First,” criticizing Beckham’s appearance in an Instagram video with French model Laura Cuenca, with what looks like a thick brown cigarette and a powdery white substance.
“I’m so disappointed in him. I’m so disappointed, and I expect better from him,” Carter said. “It’s enough of the excuses. It’s time for you to grow up and stop being a little boy. If you want to be a national brand, damn act like it. If you want someone to pay you as the highest-paid receiver in the history of the game, damn act like it because enough is enough.
“I’m sick of talking about him and the negative aspects. I can’t talk about him and his releases. I can’t talk about him catching the ball in traffic. Why? Because of this. This matters.”
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While fellow co-host Nick Wright says he doesn’t feel that such incidents matter, Carter strongly disagreed.
“Your image in sports will always matter,” the Hall of Famer said. “And you’re in sports. You are not some rapper. You’re in the National Football League, and you’re under contract with the New York Football Giants. Act like it matters.”
Carter also warned that this kind of behavior, namely with drugs, could lead an athlete down a dangerous path, and he expressed concern that Beckham could be the next extraordinary athlete to throw away his potential.
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“They’ve had other Giants players along their career, [their image] didn’t matter to them. And it affected their arc as far as how great we consider them to be. The greatest Giant ever [Lawrence Taylor] struggled off the field, and until this day, he still does not have his life under control.
“And to see another great athlete and to see that happen to them, I will not sit here and act like, ‘Oh, this is normal.’ No, it’s not normal. This guy is an unbelievable talent, as talented as anyone that I have ever seen. So I am disgusted with the whole thing. OBJ, call me, man. Enough of this stupidness.”
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