CLEVELAND — Browns star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is making national headlines for being handed down a penalty for passing out $100 bills to players at his alma mater in January, and for some comments he made about COVID-19.
Beckham has been banned from LSU facilities for two years for handing out $100 bills to Tiger players during a raucous scene after they won the national championship in January, ESPN reports. The penalty is one of several the school imposed on itself overrules violations in hopes that the NCAA does not levy more against them. An investigation also uncovered the school gave booster payments to the father of a football player.
Beckham is also going viral for his views on coronavirus. He missed two days of practice last week after feeling ill on Thursday and being sent home. Per the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol, he tested twice for the disease, and the results came back negative both times, allowing him to return to the active roster.
When asked by a reporter Wednesday if he was worried last week about receiving a positive result, he responded:
“No, not in an arrogant way, I just do not think COVID can get to me. I do not think it is going to enter this body. I do not want any parts of it. It does not want any parts of me. I think it is a mutual respect. I was not really worried about the test. More in my mind for me and my maturity level, I felt like it was the right thing to mention that I may have not been feeling well and I just do not want it to spread throughout the whole building if there was a case that I would have possibly had it. I was just trying to be an adult, be precautious about the situation, and try to handle it the right way.”
Watch OBJ’s full interview with the media below or by clicking here.