Ray Lewis Says Odell Beckham Jr. 'Removed God from His Life'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2018

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, right, talks to former Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giansts, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis offered a head-scratching assessment of Odell Beckham Jr.'s situation as  doubt hovers around the wide receiver's future with the New York Giants

Speaking on FS1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd (h/t The Big Lead's Bobby Burack), Lewis said, "Where there's no God, there's chaos." Lewis added Beckham "has removed God from his life."

Lewis went on to say he and Beckham talked back and forth earlier in his career but that the three-time Pro Bowler "started to distance himself a little more, a little more and a little more." Because of that, Lewis contends Beckham's commitment level has waned.

It's not the first time the former linebacker has been critical of Beckham. Lewis was among many who called out Beckham after the infamous boat trip ahead of the Giants' 2017 NFC Wild Card Round defeat to the Green Bay Packers:

Speak For Yourself @SFY

"These young kids have lost their minds. The social media wave: it's all about me, me, me."—@RayLewis on OBJ putting himself before the team https://t.co/lT1LjzFFiB

Both The MMQB's Robert Klemko and The Football Girl's Melissa Jacobs thought Lewis' recent comments crossed a line, though:

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

I don't know what OBJ's relationship with God is, but I know for damn sure that Ray Lewis doesn't know, and that it's not his place to say on television.

Melissa Jacobs @thefootballgirl

Ray Lewis continues to be an insult to the good people who don't use religion as both a mask and ammo.

Beckham is coming off a 2017 season in which a fractured ankle limited him to four games. He finished with 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in March that Beckham was considering holding out until he received a new deal. But he reported to team facilities Monday as the Giants started their offseason workout program Monday, according to ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan.

Beckham had been linked to a potential trade with the Los Angeles Rams, but Rapoport reported the combination of the Giants' asking price and the cost of an extension for Beckham turned the Rams off on the move.

Raanan speculated the likeliest outcome is Beckham re-signing with the Giants, and an "extraordinary circumstance" would be required for Beckham to go elsewhere after the 2018 season.


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