Odell Beckham Jr. has so much to be proud of as he celebrates his 29th birthday today.
Not only is he an award-winning star athlete, he’s sponsored by several brands and also signed the largest endorsement contract in the history of the NFL with Nike back in 2017. To top that off, Odell gives back to the less fortunate, his home state of Louisiana, and the youth — he’s always down to back a great cause.
When George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor’s deaths at the hands of police violence and systemic racism sparked protests, Odell took to his social media with a message.
“Recent events in our country have highlighted the social injustice that has occurred for too long. We all feel the pain of the victims lost who were sons, daughters, spouses, parents, family members, and friends to many. The unconscionable murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery along with the unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee have outraged us. Racism, police brutality and other abuses of power can no longer be tolerated. We demand that justice be served. The police officers who were involved in the murder of George Floyd should be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions,” he wrote in part.
Just in time for his birthday today, news is also circling that Odell was finally released from the Clevland Browns — he’s a free man! Here’s an official statement from Browns GM Andrew Berry, courtesy of ESPN:
“After careful consideration, internal discussions and conversations with Odell and his representation, we’ve determined that it is in the best interest of all parties involved that Odell no longer play for the Cleveland Browns. We appreciate all his efforts and contributions while in Cleveland, but we’ve just reached a point where it is best that we move forward as a team without Odell. We are finalizing the process of granting Odell his release and we wish him well as he continues his career.”
We’d like to take a moment to wish the young Black king a happy, happy birthday. He’s hardworking, generous, and a leader in his own right. He’s also handsome — and he knows it. Below we celebrate Odell like only we can.