Throughout the entire offseason, the NFL remains firm with getting the 2020 season started. However, the league has struggled to keep that hope afloat due to the lingering concerns regarding the coronavirus. That has seen many players decide to opt-out of playing in the 2020 campaign entirely, which raises another red flag. Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has opened up with strong concerns about the 2020 season happening altogether.
NFL running into hurdles ahead of 2020 season
The NFL hasn’t strayed away from their push from getting the 2020 season underway next month.
The league continues to abide by the precautionary medical measures as they have come over the last several weeks. That led to the cancellation of the preseason, while an abbreviated training camp has taken shape with a steady increase in the physical activity.
There has remained a strong concern from the players that led to more than 40 players opt-out of the 2020 season. It’s a number that is growing more significant with the New England Patriots hit hard. The players have strong concerns about the league not being fully prepared with precautionary measures throughout the process despite having months to adjust.
It has led many prominent players to air out their concerns with Odell Beckham Jr. being among the most vocal about the matter.
Odell Beckham Jr. says NFL not ready to play 2020 season
Throughout the last few weeks, many NFL players haven’t been shy to air out their concerns with the 2020 season starting as planned.
Odell Beckham Jr. is among those who is voicing their doubts about the NFL being prepared to handle all that comes with that territory. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Beckham Jr. stated that he doesn’t believe the league isn’t ready to play football.
“Obviously with everything that’s going on, it doesn’t make sense why we’re trying to do this,” Beckham said. “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.
“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. 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.”
What first must be noted is that these comments are from a couple of weeks ago. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Beckham Jr. won’t opt out of playing the 2020 season after seeing the Browns’ practice facility. Nonetheless, his comments should further underline the doubts that the players have with the entire matter.
Beckham Jr. hasn’t been shy about his feelings toward the matter as there are serious concerns that the league must do their best in addressing.
Could the 2020 season not happen?
The NFL is in a tight spot of trying to navigate through the ongoing situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
There isn’t any clarity as to when things will begin to clear up, but instead that it needs to be handled appropriately. Recent comments from players such as Beckham Jr., Russell Wilson, and J.J. Watt should further emphasize the serious concerns. These are coming those that will be partaking in a risky situation when the coronavirus is still a prominent issue.
If the NFL hopes to get their 2020 season underway, it will need them to put forth a strong coherent health measure plan that can best move them through this tough time.