Odell Beckham Jr. on visor controversy: "I think I have a different rule book"

Browns WR frustrated he was pulled off the field Monday night in NY

Daryl Ruiter
September 18, 2019 - 3:44 pm
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Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. feels he was singled out by the NFL when he was pulled off the field early in the first quarter against the New York Jets because of his visor.

“If it ain’t one thing, it’s another,” Beckham said Wednesday. “There’s people across the league with black visors, tinted visors, reflective visors. My visor is clear, and you pull me off the field on third down with no warning, no nothing.

“I know what’s going on, so it is what it is. It’s not going to stop me. Take it off, put on another one, hopefully get clearance. Mom am I okay? Can I go play now?”

Beckham argues that the visor he was wearing was within league rules before it was switched out by the team’s equipment staff at the behest of the officials.

“It says you have to wear a clear visor,” Beckham said. “You have to be able to see your eyes through the visor which you can clearly see my eyes on pictures that [are] 360, 1080 [HD]. You could clearly see my eyes in the pictures but one of my coaches always told me, ‘There’s rules and there’s rules.’

“So, I don’t know if my rule book is specific to the rest of the league. I think I have a different rule book and that’s just what I have to deal with.”

Beckham had just made an incredible one-handed catch on the sideline for a 33-yard gain to the Jets 4. Prior to the third-and-goal snap from the 5, officials stopped play and walked Beckham to the sideline because of the visor, which had a slight orange or gold tint to it.

“I’m just upset because it hurt my team,” Beckham said. “I didn’t get a chance to help make a play down there, free somebody up to get open and we ended up kicking a field goal and that could be the difference in the game.”

Because of the controversy, Beckham is considering not even wearing a visor going forward.

“I just know, don’t even get close to the line,” Beckham said. “I might not even wear a visor anymore just to make sure I can play.”

Beckham went on to catch six passes for 161 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown in the 23-3 Browns victory.