Did you think there was any chance Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t going to be participating in the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign?
The fashion-forward Cleveland Browns receiver took the opportunity to unveil golden fur-covered cleats on Sunday in support of Berea Animal Rescue Friends – a local animal rescue shelter in Cleveland.
OBJ wore the cleats, named “Pawsitively Fierce,” during pre-game warmups before the matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The kicks featured dog-ear flaps around the ankle and the OBJ initials embroidered on the shoe.
Beckham caught two passes for 39 yards in the Browns’ 27-19 win in the Battle of Ohio.
Hundreds of NFL players participated in the campaign on Sunday, which gave them the opportunity to showcase charitable causes.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield wore cleats to support the Special Olympics and Rayden Overbay, the 12-year-old with special needs from Yukon, Oklahoma, who was bullied in a viral video earlier this year.
Odell Beckham Asking Out of Cleveland? FOX’s Jay Glazer Drops Bombshell Revelation
There have been rumors swirling around about Beckham’s potential future with the Browns and whether or not he will be staying put in Cleveland.
On Sunday, that talk was escalated following a report from FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer in which he said he doesn’t see the relationship with Beckham and the Browns ending well. Glazer would go on to say that Beckham has told players and coaches before games to come and get him.
“Here’s the thing. People are now surprised about what’s happening and what he’s saying in Cleveland, but players and coaches around the league — they’re not. Let me fill you in why: Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games ‘Come get me.’ It wasn’t Odell’s choice to go with the Cleveland Browns, he got traded there. Now there are reports of his sports hernia surgery. I’ve got to say, I don’t see that relationship ending well after this year.”
Beckham sparked the rumors of him being displeased with his current situation when he said during a press conference, “No one knows what the future holds, like tomorrow. I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen.”
ODB then took to Twitter earlier this week, trying to move past the rumors, tweeting: “I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz.”
Beckham has now gone seven straight games without 100 receiving yards – the longest streak of his career. He has only caught two TDs on the season.
Odell Beckham Limited With Groin Injury, May Need Surgery in Offseason
Beckham hasn’t been close to 100% during his first year in Cleveland, as he has dealt with a multitude of injuries including a painful sports hernia, that sources including NFL Networks’ Ian Rapoport say will require surgery after the season wraps up.
The three-time Pro Bowler told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he’s been experiencing pain since camp but that “there is no decision on surgery yet.”
Beckham has played through pain the entire season and has yet to miss a game with the Browns.
“I’ve been pretty much banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham said.
“I’ve been playing through it, doing whatever I can just to make it to Sunday for the game. So anytime that Sunday comes around, 1 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8, Monday night, Thursday, I’m going to give this team everything that I have, no matter what.”