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Odell Beckham Jr. says he’ll keep wearing watch, wants the conversation to be about football

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. is attached to his watch.

The superstar receiver said Tuesday he’ll continue to wear the limited-edition Richard Mille watch — he paid $189,500 for it, a company representative told The Washington Post — despite the league contacting the Browns to tell them it’s against its policy.

He wore it on his left wrist Sunday during Cleveland’s 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the season opener. He plans to do so again Monday night against the Jets in his return to the New York area.

“I’ll still be wearing it,” he said. “The same way I wear it every day, at practice, I go here, I go there. I’ve been wearing it. Take a shower with it on. It’s just on me.”


Beckham said his insistence on wearing it shouldn’t be an issue with the league and he isn’t worried about a fine. A league source told The Chronicle-Telegram on Monday a fine was “unlikely,” but that might not extend beyond Week 1.

“For what? You’ve got to look into the rulebook. It says you can’t wear any hard objects,” Beckham said. “The watch is plastic. But people have knee braces on that are hard and made out of metal and you don’t see them taping it up, no jewelry on, so I’m good.”

The watch company told ESPN that Beckham’s model is made of carbon thin ply technology and quartz thin ply technology and the strap is rubber.

The league on Monday told the Browns — Beckham said he hadn’t heard anything directly — that forbidding the watch is a “safety measure” for him and all players.

“There’s a longstanding prohibition on wearing hard objects that project from the body,” a league spokesman wrote Monday in an email to The Chronicle. “This will be addressed with the team and player.”

Beckham was bothered that the discussion had turned away from football and expressed the frustration Monday night.

“If ain’t one thing…. it’s another…” he tweeted.

He expounded Tuesday.

“I’m here to play football,” he said. “I would love for them to talk about football and what I do on the field, if I messed up on the field or if I didn’t do well on the field, talk about my performance. Don’t talk about any extracurricular, that’s just it.

“If anybody else would’ve worn the watch, or if it was a $20 watch, it wouldn’t have been no problem.”

Beckham, who led the team with seven catches for 71 yards Sunday, feels singled out.

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“Yeah, that’s just my life,” he said. “If it ain’t this, it’s something else. If it wasn’t the watch, it would’ve been the way that I tie my shoes.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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