Odell Beckham Jr. Responds to Speculation on Sexuality

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 24, 2019

Odell Beckham Jr. as NY Giants wide receiver
Odell Beckham Jr. as NY Giants wide receiver  (Source:Adam Hunger/AP)

In a new GQ Interview, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. spoke on the media speculation about his sexuality. His take?

"Honestly wasn't offended. I've never once had no problem with anybody who has their own personal life that they live."

The interview delved into many aspects of his life, ranging from his sports career to his iconic blonde hair, but several questions about his sexuality shed some light on the topic for the first time. Beckham Jr.'s acceptance and almost indifference to speculation that he's gay is clear from his answers, as is his displeasure from receiving hate from black media outlets. Check out the three questions and answers below:

GQ: "There was a period of time when a lot of gossip sites—specifically black gossip sites—would constantly say that you were closeted. They'd call you 'excited' in a hot-tub photo with your teammates or simply just say you're gay. How'd that make you feel?

Odell Beckham Jr.: I've never had an opportunity to talk about this. Honestly wasn't offended. I've never once had no problem with anybody who has their own personal life that they live. I have friends who are gay. It was almost more funny to me. I almost messed with them even more. It's like when someone gives me an ultimatum, I'm usually always going to go to the opposite way of what you want me to go. So when they would say that, I would almost mess with them even more. I have no problem with anyone's sexual orientation.

GQ: I feel like posts like that only contribute to homophobia in the black community. The idea that someone must be gay—or that being gay is in any way shameful—because they're dancing or have blond hair seems so small-minded.

Odell Beckham Jr.: Or because they're 'close with other men.' Even like little videos where they see me leaned back or something, they'll say that I'm looking at a guy's ass. And I'm like, 'Bro! You don't even know where my mind is at.' It was just a lose-lose. They'd see me with a white woman and be like, 'Why don't you be with any sisters?' I have no problem with any race. Love is love. If you're attracted to somebody, you're attracted to somebody. There was such a stigma built up, [as though] I don't like my own women. It's like, no, I don't like anybody who annoys me. [laughs]

GQ: You've talked a lot about media being unfair. Does it hurt worse when black media sites are unfairly critical of you?

Odell Beckham Jr.: Yes, it makes it worse when it comes from the black community. I feel like everything is a double standard. You want us to support the black community, and then you go out and bash black people for being happy. So someone can't be happy, someone can't be dancing. 'Oh, he's always around guys, he's never around girls.' I just don't want you to see what woman I'm with, and I don't want you in my personal life. I always try to keep my personal life my personal life. I feel like I don't owe that to anybody."

Read the rest of the wide-ranging interview with GQ at the link above.

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