How bad must Odell Beckham Jr. have messed up by taking that side trip to Miami before the New York Giants playoff game against the Green Bay Packers? Bad enough that Ray Lewis — yes, Ray Lewis! — felt compelled to go off on the Giants’ star this week.
“Real friends tell you ‘Don’t come to Miami, not if you’re playing Aaron Rodgers. We’ll see you in four weeks.’
“Real friends will tell you straight up. ‘Bro, you cannot come do what we’re doing right now.’
“…. I remember when I was younger, when the things that I wanted to do… [Shannon Sharpe] and Rod Woodson made a decision because they knew I was young and said ‘OK, you want to get out sometimes? We’ll go with you.’ We took rides together. But then there were certain times that he would look at me and say, ‘We ain’t doing that. There are certain things we ain’t doing.’
“And when I think about what I would tell Odell is, I don’t know if Odell really understands [that] sooner or later your talent won’t get you into stadiums. Sooner or later you’ve got to be on this side of the road. And this side of the road? Opportunities come from what you did while you were playing. So the brand is what kids like Odell Beckham are throwing away.”
Here is even more from Lewis:
“When you respect the game, you respect the forefathers who came before you,” Lewis said. “These young kids have lost their minds. The social media wave, it’s all about me, me, me, me. There’s no ‘me.' ”
Yep, the same Ray Lewis who did a “look at me” dance before every game and pled guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder trial is now being critical of Beckham for being self-centered.