Cat-and-mouse game between NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. reaches new heights

The ongoing cat-and-mouse game between the NFL and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reached new heights on Monday night ... in terms of money and playing time.

Browns receiver flashes $2M US watch, forced to remove gold-tinted visor, but ultimately gets last laugh

Odell Beckham Jr., who scored the longest touchdown of his career on Monday, runs off the field after the Cleveland Browns defeated his former team, the New York Giants, at MetLife Stadium. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The ongoing cat-and-mouse game between the NFL and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reached new heights on Monday night ... in terms of money and playing time.

A week after playing a game while wearing a wristwatch reportedly valued at $350,000 US, Beckham wore no such watch during Monday night's game against the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

Instead, before the game, Beckham stepped onto the MetLife Stadium turf for warmups wearing something that put his Week 1 watch to shame. ESPN cameras caught him sporting a metallic and clear watch, which looked just like the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire. There are only 10 in existence ... and they are valued at more than $2 million each.

Unrelated to jewelry, the NFL still found fault with Beckham on Monday, sending him to the sideline after an amazing first-quarter catch set up a first-and-goal.

Officials reportedly told Browns coach Freddie Kitchens that Beckham's gold-tinted visor was in violation of the league's rule that permits players to wear only clear visors. Kitchens was told to remove Beckham from the game so the visor could be changed out.

By the time the new visor was in place, however, Beckham missed a third-and-goal play, and the Browns settled for a field goal.

A matter of fair treatment

Beckham ultimately got the last laugh, though, as his visor allowed him to see a pass from Baker Mayfield and take it 89 yards for the final touchdown in the Browns' 23-3 win. It was the longest reception in Beckham's six-year career.

"All I want is it to be fair around the league. If you're going to tell me to do something, do it for everybody else," Beckham said during a post-game interview on ESPN. "You let people stay in the game on 'Monday Night Football' with gold visors, everybody else has tinted visors, and you pull me off and it hurts my team, and I hurt my team on third-and-goal.

"You can warn me, do something, but don't pull me off on third-and-goal. All I want is it to be fair. I just want to play football."

During the Browns' season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 8, Beckham wore a Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Flyback Chronograph watch. A day later, the NFL reportedly called the Browns and informed them Beckham could no longer wear the watch during games as it violated the league's rule "prohibiting hard objects."


  • This article has been updated to reflect that Odell Beckham Jr. previously played for the New York Giants.
    Sep 23, 2019 4:54 PM ET


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