Odell Beckham, the New York Giants star wide receiver that lifted his leg to pee like a dog after scoring a touchdown has caught the attention of New York Giants owner John Mara, and not in a good way. Beckham’s actions were a reference to President Trump and his SOB comment when he was talking about NFL players kneeling for the national anthem. Speaking about the gesture, Odell Beckham said, “I don’t know. I’m in the end zone. I’m a dog. So I acted like a dog.” The gesture did not go unnoticed by fans, and after the game, John Mara was asked what he thought. The Giants owner said, “I do not want to get into a discussion about this, but I will say that I am very unhappy with Odell’s behavior on Sunday and we intend to deal with it internally.” At the time the New York Giants organization didn’t elaborate on what this meant but we now know.
The New York Giants have fined Odell Beckham $12,154 for his disgusting display on the field, and apparently this latest fine is not the first time the star wide receiver has had his pay docked for misbehaving. During the four seasons in which Odell Beckham has played in the National Football League, he has racked up a fine tab of $169,017. According to James Kratch from NJ.com, Odell Beckham has lost a staggering $221,546 including his game suspension from 2015. The New York Giants have not stated if they intend on taking further punitive action against Odell Beckham if he continues to misbehave. Perhaps the New York Giants and John Mara would be wise to cut their losses and fire this self-entitled, America-hating player.
Odell Beckahm’s display of disrespect is not the only instance where he or other NFL players have taken it upon themselves to display racist behavior and it goes unpunished by the NFL. Odell Beckham, Cam Newton, and Michael Bennett have all used the Black Power Salute in celebration during a game, yet the NFL, team owners, and coaches do nothing, and the commissioner of the NFL wonders why the NFL is now the least popular professional sports league around. Paul Bedard from the Washington Examiner reported yesterday that, “From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.” Add to this that the NFL has seen an almost 20% ticket sales drop in week 4 of the season and it is evident that the NFL brass and team owners are messed up like a soup sandwich.
The Winston Group conducted a survey among the core NFL fans who are burning tickets, refusing to watch games, and boycotting the league. They found that, “More critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.” What this means is that the NFL and their self-entitled crybaby players stand to lose billions of dollars.
Several sponsors have pulled all their advertisements and endorsements with the NFL including Allan Jones, CEO of Check Into Cash, who said, “Our companies will not condone unpatriotic behavior. When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity. I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere. The next time someone asks the public to finance a stadium, this will have a very long-term effect. These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases – that’s the only jury that will find sympathy.” Joining Mr. Jones is Steve Kalafer, who owns Flemington Car and Truck Country, who referenced the lack of leadership which is going on in the NFL. At the time Mr. Kalafer pulled all of his business from the NFL, he said, “The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem. We have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks. As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of ‘social justice’ and ‘freedom of speech,’ it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming.” This lack of direction falls solely at the feet of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
As the NFL continues to suffer the financial consequences of disrespecting America and being out of touch with their fans, players, coaches, and the commissioner will soon realize this is not a game and just like AIG and Goldman Sachs, the NFL is not too big to fail.