More than 155,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States and the number of cases is on the rise in large parts of the country. Dozens of players have already opted out of the season over concerns over the virus – including seven from the New England Patriots – and games are scheduled to begin next month.
“We are not ready for the football season. So why are we trying to move forward? It’s obviously value for money, ”Beckham said. “And that bothers me because there has always been this – and I hate to say it like that – but the owners [attitude is], “Oh, we own you guys”, and just kind of injustice that still doesn’t see us as human. I just feel like the season shouldn’t be coming and I’m ready for it not to happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.The Wall Street Journal interview was conducted in July and Beckham has not said if he will play for the Browns this season. Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns’ defeated writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported on Monday that Beckham currently has no plans to step down. Cabot reported that Beckham felt more comfortable with the idea of playing football again after seeing the precautions taken at the Browns’ training center.
The NBA, MLB, MLS and NHL have all resumed competition in recent weeks. The NBA took over in an “isolation bubble” at Disney World in Florida, but Beckham said the conditions for basketball are different from those for football.
“I can understand that basketball was already in the playoffs,” he said. “Five-on-five basketball in an arena will be more intense than regular season games. Strapping is different from playing an 11-on-11 contact sport where there are 80 people in a locker room. ”
During a YouTube chat with other NFL stars last month, Beckham said he briefly considered retiring from the game after injuring his ankle in 2017.
“I had a hard time dealing with this,” Beckham said. “Depression, mental health issues, being in New York, not really liking it. ”
Beckham, 27, is one of the NFL’s most explosive players and a three-time Pro Bowler. However, he has suffered injuries and has only played all 16 regular-season games twice since joining the league in 2014.