By this point, I know what you’re all thinking. And yeah, I can also recognize how things might look right now. I’ll go ahead and answer your question. At this point in time I might be an LSU beat writer. Is that a crime? I mean they just won a National Championship and completed (one of) the greatest college football season(s) of all time. Sue me.
Now it’s time to address the situation at hand. Obviously Odell Beckham Jr. is the center of an NCAA controversy right now and LSU fans are fast to disown their former favorite wide receiver. Sure, there were times that I was curious why OBJ was in the middle of everything during this championship run. I was never really a critic of him, during this run, but I’ve found that I am the minority here.
Take a trip over to the seventh circle of hell, or tigerdroppings.com as some would call it, and you will see a public outrage over everything to do with OBJ. Accusations stating “he wanted to make this about himself” and “what a narcissistic idiot” plagued that ignorant cesspool. And while I don’t think he was acting in a way that was the smartest, he was having a good time with his alma mater after they won the National Championship! So what so I say to this? Laissez les bon temps rouler!
And at this point of the blog, several of you are looking at the screen wondering whether I’m joking or not. But let me ask you this, Louisiana: what were you doing the night that LSU won the National Championship? I am absolutely shocked that the French Quarter didn’t burn to the ground on Monday night.
And I’m not saying this to pick on Louisiana. I love the state! My family lives in Louisiana, my fiancé’s family lives in Louisiana, and I’ll live in Louisiana before it’s all said and done. I’m an LSU fan through and through. Football, baseball, basketball, softball, you name it and I’m a fan. And I know that I would not want anyone to ruin my fun on Monday night. So why should we ruin Odell’s?
The man finally gets back to his hometown of New Orleans after an awful season in Cleveland and we crucify him for breaking federal laws and violating NCAA regulations? Give me a break. And let’s give him a little slack here. Let me reiterate something. He was in New Orleans after spending the better part of six months in Cleveland. This would be like… well being in New Orleans after spending months in Cleveland. How can we blame this man for anything?
So he smacked a Superdome security guard on the backside. I mean maybe a little far but what are you going to do? Does he have an arrest warrant for simple battery? Okay, sure. So he paid a couple of LSU players a few hundred (thousand?) dollars. Cool. So he got into the section where LSU’s band was and demanded they play “Neck”. I’d almost encourage that move. So he interrupted Coach Ed Orgeron’s post game speech to his team… okay that’s where I’m going to draw the line.
So let’s cut Odell a little slack right now. He was having a good time like the rest of us. I guess the difference is that he had a very high level of exposure (plus he broke laws and NCAA regulations I guess) on Monday night. But at the end of the day, the players love Odell, he’s an asset to LSU Football’s recruiting, and let’s face it: he’s a ton of fun. Geaux Tigers and Forever LSU!
Photo Credit to SI.Com (Cover and Last Photo), and AL.Com (First Photo).