Odell Beckham Jr. Talks Trade to the Browns, Happiness, Sexuality and Preferences with GQ


Odell Beckham Jr. is newest man to cover GQ.

In 5 years, Beckham became a NFL superstar on and off the field. And it’s created an interested dynamic merging the game he loves to play with the scrutiny of the public.

Within his cover story, Beckham discussed this part of his career, his trade to the Cleveland Browns from the New York Giants, his faith and his happiness. He also touched on people questioning his sexuality and preferences.

“I felt disrespected,” Beckham said about his initial reaction to finding out he’d be traded. However, he’d been unhappy for sometime.

“I just can’t do it. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t in a good place. And like I told you earlier, I feel like everything is about happiness, and I just was not.”

When asked about sites, specifically Black gossip sites, insinuating he was gay, Beckham said he hasn’t be offended by the rumors.

“I’ve never had an opportunity to talk about this. Honestly wasn’t offended. I’ve never once had no problem with anybody who has their own personal life that they live. I have friends who are gay.”

Beckham continued, “It was almost more funny to me. I almost messed with them even more. It’s like when someone gives me an ultimatum, I’m usually always going to go to the opposite way of what you want me to go. So when they would say that, I would almost mess with them even more. I have no problem with anyone’s sexual orientation.”

As far as his preferences, Beckham says love is love.

“I have no problem with any race,” said Beckham. “Love is love. If you’re attracted to somebody, you’re attracted to somebody. There was such a stigma built up, [as though] I don’t like my own women. It’s like, no, I don’t like anybody who annoys me.”

When asked if he was currently happy, Beckham said it’s the happiest he’s been.

I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” said Beckham. “I’ve never been at this place. And it’s because of the trials and tribulations, it’s because of the mistakes, it’s because of the failures, the successes. Everything that has got me to this point.”

You can read his full interview by clicking here: Odell Beckham Jr., Unguarded

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