It didn’t take long for the posts about Odell Beckham Jr. to start flying on Sunday night.
The wide receiver hauled in the first touchdown of the game but later suffered what we now know to be a torn ACL.
#Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr is believed to have torn his ACL in last night’s Super Bowl win, source said. That means a long road of recovery for the free agent, who has a challenge to be ready for 2022. Beckham had 2 catches for 52 yards, 1 TD and 1 moonwalk before the injury.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2022
Many have strong opinions on the polarizing Beckham Jr.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson, a former teammate of Odell’s, shared his thoughts on Twitter following the Rams victory.
For some people to be saying OBJ doesn’t deserve it y’all are insane. But also I understand it’s the people on the outside looking in that doesn’t know what type of teammate he is, what he meant to us as a team, & also what type of guy he was off the field. So please shut up!
— Mack Wilson Sr. (@5mackwilson1) February 14, 2022
Wilson is one of the few Browns who spoke up on social media regarding OBJ following the Super Bowl.
Unsurprisingly, Jarvis Landry made sure to send out some support early in the game during Odell’s touchdown catch.
LFG @obj 🤘🏾🤘🏾🤘🏾🤘🏾
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) February 13, 2022
The reactions for Odell seem to either align with Wilson or the opposite.
“He Didn’t Deserve It”
Check out the reactions and replies to this Tweet.
This will give you a small sample size of the reaction that Odell has drawn since Sunday night.
THIS WAS EXACTLY GODS PLAN.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) February 14, 2022
Reading through the replies many feel this ring for OBJ is “undeserved”.
This stems from a few beliefs. Some feel Odell “quit” while in Cleveland.
He quit on the team, it’s pretty simple Mack
— garrett (@garretthoops_) February 14, 2022
The Instagram post the Odell Beckham Sr. shared earlier this year didn’t seem to win too many folks over.
Others simply grew tired of the narrative they felt the broadcasting crew tried to push in terms of Odell’s departure from Cleveland this season.
Ok fair enough, but will you speak on the B.S. that Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth were spewing the whole time about how he was kicked to the curb by the organization that you play for?
— shawn brand (@tribetime2013) February 14, 2022
No matter the reason, it all culminates back to the feeling that fans don’t believe Odell truly “deserved” this title.
Again, most players stayed fairly quiet in regard to mentioning Odell.
Not Mack Wilson though.
The Browns linebacker told fans who felt Beckham Jr. didn’t deserve to win to “shut up”.
Mack also claims that much of the dislike comes from those who are not in the locker room and don’t truly know what kind of teammate Odell is.
Whether you believe him or not is a personal choice.
Good teammates don’t quit on their teams, so both sides of this social media war can’t be “right”.
Another interesting note is that Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II, who spent under one season in the same locker room as Odell, shared his agreement with Mack on Twitter.
They so sick he got him one🤣 https://t.co/mhShI1Dt31
— Greg Newsome II (@gnewsii) February 14, 2022
NFL locker rooms consist of 50+ guys with coaches and staff.
It’s safe to assume there are teammates that both agree and disagree with the sentiments of Wilson and Newsome.
Will it End?
“Baker” and “Cleveland” started trending almost immediately following Odell’s touchdown catch Sunday night.
That’s not Cleveland’s fault or a result of too many northeast Ohioans still hung up on the receiver.
It’s the result of an ugly ending of the Odell-Cleveland relationship that sparked controversy and petty Instagram videos.
It’s easy to see why that storyline carried so much weight if the Rams kept playing.
It’s something Vince McMahon and his gang of WWE writers would be jealous of.
Odell is likely to miss all next season due to that torn ACL.
The next time he takes the field the whole connection with Baker and Cleveland should be in the past.
Maybe Sunday night will be the last time Cleveland gets dragged into the Odell Beckham Jr. discussions.
On the other hand, it’s the NFL, so maybe not.
I have a feeling that Mack Wilson’s “shut up” request won’t be strictly adhered to by, well, anyone.