Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham doesn't believe the NFL should go forward with the upcoming season as he suggests team owners are focused on making money and they don't really care about the health and wellbeing of their players.
A number of players have used their right to opt out of the upcoming season but the NFL is still trying to proceed with the season and hoping to start it and finish it on time. "We're not ready for football season.
So why are we trying to push forward? It's obviously for their money. And that bothers me because there's always been this—and I hate saying it like that—but the owners' [attitude is], 'Oh we own you guys,' and just kind of that unfairness going on that they don't see us as human," Becham told Wall Street Journal's Lane Florsheim, as quoted on Sports Illustrated.
"I just feel like the season shouldn't happen and I'm prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn't mind not having it." Last week, the NBA season was restarted at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, where teams were placed in a bubble.
"I can understand basketball was already in the playoffs. Five-on-five basketball in an arena is going to be more intense than regular-season games. Hooping is different than playing an eleven-on-eleven contact sport where there's 80 people in a locker room," Beckham added.
Meanwhile, DeAndre Hopkins can't wait to enter the field with Kyler Murray
Hopkins, who led the NFL in receiving yards in 2017, was traded to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason in a shock trade that his former team Houston Texans pulled off.
Hopkins' new quarterback will be Murray, who the Cardinals took at the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. "My expectation is us becoming best friends and doing everything together, because I have to be on the same page as my quarterback no matter what for us to be successful as a team, not just him and I," Hopkins said, as quoted on ESPN.
Hopkins has been one of the best receivers since entering the league in 2013 and he sees a lot of talent and potential in Murray. "Kyler has an arm," Hopkins said. "Obviously, I'm thankful to play with a quarterback like that that can make any throw anywhere on the field, and has confidence to throw.
"And just from what I've seen, we're gonna have a good time playing football together because obviously he's confident in his arm and the guy is very talented, very smart, high football IQ. But what I'm seeing so far is someone with a very strong arm."