New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has never been shy about speaking his mind, though another outspoken athlete thinks the All-Pro is getting too full of himself.
Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley appeared on Friday's episode of NFL Total Access (via Dan Hanzus of NFL.com), in which he responded to a question NFL Network's Willie McGinest asked him about Beckham:
Josh Norman is fantastic. I mean c'mon man. I think that Beckham, I don't know him I've only said hello to him one time. There's two ways fame works: You run fame or fame runs you. And it can get out of hand very quickly.
And I think Odell Beckham is a stud and he's getting a lot of commercials, but I think he's starting to get to the point where he's becoming too famous instead of worrying how to become a great football player. I think he needs to be careful. Just lay low and just kick butt on the field. I mean, nobody cares about all that extracurricular stuff. And Josh Norman, he earned his money. Congratulations to that man.
The topic came up after the Giants wide receiver said in an upcoming issue of GQ (via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk) that Norman has "become so relevant" because of him and their rivalry last year.
Beckham may like to toot his own horn, but Pro Football Focus noted Norman had the lowest quarterback rating against among cornerbacks and gave up the fewest yards per coverage snap in the NFL last season.
Jawing back and forth last year with Beckham brought Norman plenty of attention, but he became one of the NFL's best cornerbacks on his own.
Beckham has essentially been given carte blanche to say what he wants because he's been so good in his first two NFL seasons. It's all working out now, but the second anything goes wrong, he better be prepared for the blowback that comes his way.
Barkley's comments are merely preparing Beckham for that moment.