By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — After a irritating few seasons and an unceremonious departure from the one NFL residence he’s ever identified, new Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has made it very clear that he’s as excited as potential for the upcoming soccer season. With a golden alternative for profession redemption, who may probably blame him?
Not each soccer participant shares that view, although — together with those that are in Cam’s internal circle.
Cleveland Browns huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who spent loads of time figuring out with Newton this summer time in Los Angeles, advised The Wall Road Journal that he’s under no circumstances trying ahead to taking part in an NFL season through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“I simply really feel just like the season shouldn’t occur and I’m ready for it to not occur and I wouldn’t thoughts not having it,” Beckham advised the Journal’s Lane Florsheim.
Beckham was interviewed by the WSJ previous to the NFL’s official announcement of COVID-19 protocols, however his feedback had been printed on Monday.
“Clearly with every little thing that’s occurring, it doesn’t make sense why we’re attempting to do that,” Beckham mentioned. “I can perceive basketball was already within the playoffs. 5-on-five basketball in an enviornment goes to be extra intense than regular-season video games. Hooping is completely different than taking part in an 11-on-11 contact sport the place there’s 80 folks in a locker room. We’re not prepared for soccer season. So why are we attempting to push ahead? It’s clearly for his or her cash.”
Beckham’s use of “their” referred to homeowners, finest on his follow-up remark.
“And that bothers me as a result of the’res all the time been this — and I hate saying it like that — however the homeowners’ [attitude is,], Oh, we personal you guys,’” Beckham mentioned. “And simply sort of that unfairness occurring that they don’t see us as human.”
Definitely, the NFL faces some main hurdles if the league is to tug off the total, uninterrupted season that it envisions. With quite a few gamers already opting out and with different gamers already being positioned on the COVID-19 reserve checklist (together with quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Gardner Minshew) and with Eagles head coach Doug Pederson testing optimistic for the virus, the pandemic has already affected the league in a not-at-all insignificant manner. And all of that has taken place earlier than gamers and coaches have interacted with one another, collided with one another, shared a locker room collectively, and traveled across the nation collectively.
It’s value noting that Beckham has reported to Browns coaching camp since he was interviewed by The Wall Road Journal. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported that Beckham felt comfy with the protection protocols put in place by the Browns.
Odell Beckham Jr. has no plans of opting out for 2020 regardless of his feedback to the @WSJ, sources inform me. The interview was 2 weeks and he sees how secure the #Browns facility is now https://t.co/XOQpnCt8GP
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 3, 2020
Nonetheless, as Main League Baseball has confirmed, the virus has cared little or no for sports activities league’s protocols and planning. With MLB’s season not even two weeks outdated, 18 video games have already been postponed. An optimist might say that MLB has weathered the storm; a pessimist might say that many extra issues nonetheless will come. Framing it from an NFL perspective, suspending and/or rescheduling video games is infinitely extra complicated, and rosters which can be twice as massive make the containment that rather more tough as nicely.
From the surface, seemingly everyone is hoping that the NFL can certainly make it occur this season. But when somebody’s personal private well being is on the road, it’s simple to know why outlooks may be different fairly a bit.
Former NFL receiver Donte Stallworth — who who had two stints with the Patriots — expressed that he expects Beckham’s feedback to be acquired poorly by many followers.
it’s virtually comical how upset persons are on the legitimate issues from gamers about taking part in soccer throughout this pandemic. they’re upset bc gamers are taking possession of their our bodies, and reminding people that they don’t exist just for their leisure https://t.co/WlvhMW3bNX
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) August 3, 2020
Stallworth is probably going right along with his evaluation, as seemingly every little thing Beckham has mentioned and achieved (and worn) in his six-year profession has generated “controversy.”
On this case although, even when the overwhelming majority of American soccer followers might need the season to happen, it’s value listening to what the gamers who’re really concerned should say in regards to the matter. And if (or when) it’s revealed that homeowners didn’t put gamers within the most secure potential positions, it is not going to come as a shock if the optimism for a full NFL season disappears right away.
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