Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is officially kicking off his free agency tour this week, per NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport. The three-time Pro Bowler will first meet with the New York Giants on Thursday, followed by a visit with the Dallas Cowboys, and last but not definitely least, the Buffalo Bills.
However, hours after Rapoport’s report came out, Beckham sent out a series of cryptic messages that caused a stir on Twitter. “Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me… I’ve seen it all..,” Beckham shared, before adding, “Never. In. My . Life.”
“I COULD NEVER MAKE THIS UP,” Beckham tweeted next before writing, “😂 comedy hr.”
While it was initially unclear what situation Beckham was tweeting about, a video shared on the social media site showed the 30-year-old getting escorted off an American Airlines flight in Miami, Florida that was en route to Los Angeles.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Miami-Dade Police Department put out a statement that said offers were “dispatched to a medical emergency,” at 9:30 a.m. because “the flight crew was concerned” for the NFL star. The flight crew “tried to wake him to fasten his seatbelt, he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness, prior to their departure. Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill, and that his condition would worsen though the expected 5 hour flight, the attendances call for police and fire rescue.”
“Upon the officers arrival, the flight crew asked Mr. Beckham several times to exit the aircraft, which he refuses,” the police statement read. “The aircraft was deplaned, at which time Mr. Beckham was asked by the offices to exit the plane, and did so without incident. Mr. Beckham was scored to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements.”
American Airlines also put out a statement via Rapoport, that read flight 1128 returned to the gate before takeoff due to a customer failing to follow instructions and refusing to fasten their seatbelt. “The customer was removed and the flight re-departed at 10:54 a.m. local time.”
Before the police report was released, a fan reacted to Beckham’s cryptic messages and wrote, “Nah he just wants ppl to keep asking him what happened, thats the point,” to which Beckahm responded, “Booo… u got it all wrong . Tf do I neeed more attention … just gotta be ahead of the bullshxt. Ulll see tho…”
Beckham’s Biggest Recruiter in Buffalo, Von Miller, Suffered a Major Injury on Thanksgiving Day
Bills superstar Von Miller has been publicly campaigning for Beckham to join him in Buffalo since the 2022 NFL season started, and previously gloated that the move was already “said and done. Before the Bills’ Week 10 matchup, Miller noted how he’s already put his former teammate “on the phone” with general manager Brandon Beane. “The ball is in his court,” the eight-time Pro Bowler said, during an appearance on The Pivot Podcast on Friday, November 11.
“I wouldn’t try to get him to come here if we didn’t have a chance,” Miller continued. “I take a look at this team and I see a spot for OBJ. Not just on the field, but off the field. I see him having success, and not just team success … I’ve been recruiting him. I’ve gave him the spiel. If he wants to come here, it’s because he wants to come here. He’s going to be happy because he made that choice for himself, and if he doesn’t, it’s all love.”
In a devastating turn of events, just two weeks later, Miller suffered a knee injury late in the second quarter of the Bills’ 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. As Miller was carted off the field, Beckham tweeted, “God plz watch over @VonMiller !!! Place your hands over him Lord. I ask that it not be anything too serious. I love u brother prayin hard!”
The Bills are officially in wait-and-see mode when it comes to Miller’s status for the remainder of the season. While the former Super Bowl 50 MVP did not tear his ACL, he’s out indefinitely until Miller receives several second opinions on “other damage” to his knee. An MRI revealed that Miller suffered a lateral meniscus tear and will be re-evaluated after seven to 10 days.
Rapoport reported that Miller will definitely require surgery, but the big question is whether or not he can wait until after the season ends. The Bills will have a definite definitive answer within the next two weeks.
Bills GM Said ‘We’d Be Crazy’ Not to Look Into Signing Beckham
After acquiring Nyheim Nines from the Colts and bringing back safety Dean Marlowe from the Falcons just before the NFL’s trade deadline expired, Beane said the door was still very much open to adding Beckham.
“OBJ is a heck of a talent,” Beane said on November 2, per The Athletic‘s Joe Buscaglia. “If we think he can help his team, we’d be crazy not to at least look into it. Says if they did, financials, role would all have to line up.”
Cover 1 host Greg Thompsett tweeted, “There is a VERY sneaky path to sign OBJ to a cheap 2022 deal with incentive laden 2023 #’s that are easy Not-Likely-To-Be-Earned targets because he hasn’t played in 2022 which means OBJ is confident he’ll get all those 2023 incentives but the Bills won’t have to pay until 2024.”