Odell Beckham Jr. may be known for his fiery demeanor on the field, but he has a way of nonverbally getting across his point these days.
Earlier this season, for example, he used touchdown celebrations to express his disdain for Donald Trump. In one celebration, he raised his fist. In the other, he pretended to be a dog peeing on a fire hydrant, alluding to Trump’s comments where he called protesting athletes of color like Colin Kaepernick a “son of a bitch.”
Though Beckham only admitted the connection in a single Twitter comment, to many it seemed clear what the message was. That’s why it was not a real surprise that many thought something else was going on when Beckham posted a video comparing himself to Tom Brady on his Instagram page on Wednesday.
The caption was very complimentary to Brady, who he calls the “goat” here and says he’s chasing him. Which is all well and good, but the content of the video itself is a collection of angry athlete moments from both players. The moments Beckham loses his cool, of course, he’s gotten plenty of criticism for, while Brady’s firey moments are often characterized as a sign of competitiveness and leadership.
Beckham doesn’t address that juxtaposition at all in his post. Still, the video came at a curious time, as Brady was caught on Sunday in Orchard Park screaming at Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after a punt.
It didn’t make too big of a wave, which was pointed out a number of other of people: if other players in the league, especially athletes of color, made a similar scene on the sideline it would have been a much bigger story. In fact, Antonio Brown earlier this season became a huge in-season scandal when he acted out his frustrations on the sideline.