We're barely half a month into the regular season and as much as the Baltimore Ravens have benefited from brining Odell Beckham Jr. to Maryland things might be about to take a turn for the bad.
There is nothing wrong with engaging in a relationship. There is nothing wrong with demanding what you believe belongs to you. On a personal basis, that is.
The Ravens, as an organization, might not be that happy about Odell Beckham's off-the-field fame and affairs, though, as that can only bring some unnecesary and unwanted drama to Baltimore, as well as a fine scritiny of everything surrounding OBJ and everything within the Ravens realm by extension.
Cue our great friend Kevin Oestreicher expressing his (and every other Ravens fan's) opinion about the latest developments involving Beckham.
As you can see in the message posted on his social media account, Kevin was referring to the rumors emerging on Wednesday indicating Beckham is "hanging out" with Kim Kardashian.
Now, another off-field story has emerged involving Beckham and his former partnership with American athletic apparel corporation Nike. This is not new news, but it comes as an update (h/t Dan Belson of The Baltimore Sun) for a months-long story involving the two parties.
According to Belson's information, OBJ's attorney Daniel Davillier confirmed that the trial for Beckham's suing of Nike on allegations that "the footwear company he used to endorse breached its contract" has been set for July 2024.
Beckham signed a three-year contract extended by Nike back in 2014 when OBJ was far from the world-renowned personality he has become since. The contract included "various incentive payments," according to the lawsuit.
Then, in 2017, Nike matched Adidas' offer to Beckham to poach him from the American company books, signing the current Ravens wide receiver to a "$29 million deal over the course of five years," which also included "incentives up to $1 million annually."
According to Belson's research of the story, Beckham alleges the company "intentionally avoid[ed] manufacturing, marketing, or selling products" with OBJ's image, thus preventing him from reaching the incentives on purpose. Beckham filed the lawsuit in November, saying then that Nike "did not honor its commitments."
The battle between Beckham and Nike keeps going and the next (legal) chapter won't arrive until midway through 2024, when Beckham won't be under contract with the Ravens anymore after the franchise signed him to a one-year, $15 million deal ahead of the 2023 season.
After this and Tuesday's news emerged, Beckham has been involved in completely different but equally interesting (for the people invested in those respective things) off-field affairs, rumors, and developments that help the Ravens in no way.
Truth be told, it's hard to know what's more damaging for the Ravens season. Losing Beckham to a short-term injury, or having him involved in all sorts of off-field drama.
Here's to hope OBJ can return to the field in Week 3 and perform to the best of his talents as that's what we want to watch and enjoy the most!