• Odell Beckham Jr. called out the NFL owners, saying the executives don't see them as "humans" amid the COVID-19 threat
  • Kevin Stefanski insisted that the Browns are taking extra precautionary measures in preparation for the season
  • Browns reporter claims Beckham's statements were outdated and that the wide receiver will not opt-out of the season

Odell Beckham Jr. lashed out at NFL owners for not seeing them as “humans” as the fate of the upcoming season continues to be a debate. The Cleveland Browns superstar stays defiant with his stand that the season should be called off, pointing out that playing with the continuing threat of COVID-19 is not a logical thing to do.

“Obviously with everything that’s going on, it doesn’t make sense why we’re trying to do this,” Beckham told the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

The 27-year-old wide receiver did not mince words as he ripped the owners for what he claimed was an inconsiderate move of choosing money over the players’ safety.

“We’re not ready for football season. So why are we trying to push forward? It’s obviously for their money,” Beckham added. “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. 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.”

But despite these statements, Beckham has yet to opt-out of the upcoming season.

Hours after the Wall Street Journal report was published, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer claimed that the mentioned interview took place in July even before Beckham got the chance to see the Browns’ facility.

“Odell Beckham's Jr.'s interview with WSJ was done 2 weeks ago before he saw how safe the #Browns facility was, and he has no plans of opting out,” Cabot posted on Monday.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, meanwhile, is keeping his confidence on the season. As far as his team is concerned, the young tactician insisted that they are taking extra precautionary measures to ensure that the players and their families are safe amidst the health threat.

“I am optimistic,’' Stefanski declared in Cabot’s official report. “I believe in this bubble. You may say that we are not a bubble; I feel like I am in a bubble. Wearing a mask everywhere, staying away from everybody, and here is my Kinexon, which blinks red when I am within six feet of people, it certainly feels that way.

“Then we just have to make sure with that shared responsibility as you leave this bubble that you maintain and you follow the protocols. I feel very confident in the plan that was put together jointly with the NFL and the NFLPA. Now, it is just a matter of us adhering to the protocols.”

According to the latest data, 155,000 have already died due to the Coronavirus disease in the United States. The end of the pandemic still nowhere in sight, forcing a continuing rise to the number of players opting out with just about a month before the games begin.

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Odell Beckham Jr. will join the Cleveland Browns after spending five seasons with the New York Giants. In this picture, Beckham #13 of the New York Giants warms up before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nov. 25, 2018. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images