The lights are just bright for Odell Beckham.
The NFL season is upon us, and the superstar receiver has just set a new standard for NFL contracts in its position, earning a $ 95 million Contract over five years, the New York Giants signed with $ 65 million guarantees.
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"data-reactid =" 24 "> Beckham sat down recently in LeBron James' "The Shop", which debuted on Tuesday at HBO, for a roundtable that also includes Golden State Warriors striker Draymond Green and Snoop Dogg among others.
LeBron James, Odell Beckham, Conversation Race, Fame
James and Beckham got into a fierce discussion about the I experience fame as black athletes compared to their white counterparts.
James, who sat in a barber chair between Beckham and business partner Maverick Carter, began the conversation about how he feels differently treated than white NFL quarterbacks in social situations despite the peer status as an athlete.
"Everything you hear is like, I want to be the best, whoever is the best, they do it their own way, whatever the case may be, and then, if you do it your way it's still not enough.
"It's still not enough. And, and, and that's for us African-American, because I think if it's the biggest quarterback in the world, he's a white quarterback – if it's Brady, if it's Rodgers, if it's Manning – and we're doing the same thing s. I'm talking about the phone is on. We say, "Hey, get the phone out of my face, I'm with my family." When we're out with our family, and we say that, and somebody writes it, and when Aaron Rodgers or one of those people does says, and they post it, somebody goes like, "hey guys, respected Aaron Rodgers … they'll tell us," oh ye are [expletives] "
Beckham: Sometimes I'm" like a show Punk "Treats
Beckham agreed with James and shared an experience with a fan who wanted to take a picture.
" I had it the other day. I did not want to take a picture. As if I'm really in a hurry, I have to go. I'm on Twitter, it's like, "Oh, yes, I've been a season ticket holder for the Giants for thirty years." I'm like, "First of all, you're twenty." And then, it's like, oh, he's a …, he did not want to take a picture. It's like …
"For me, I feel like, I tell people all the time, I really feel like a zoo animal, that's how life went for me 'You took your kids to the zoo, and we've always been like, you know, I want to see the lions, or let's see the lions, and you go out, and the lions are spread out, you know what I mean? it's like that, why do not you make lion stuff, do you know what I mean, like having people calling, Odell! Dancing, I'm a show punk, a show monkey or something, like I'm a puppet 'Do you know what I mean, and it's for me, it does not feel good, but it's like, damn, that's how life became, but can you ever really get rid of it?'
This is open, open Conversation on difficult topics of two of the most prominent athletes in the world.
James set out in part to Los Angeles to pursue media career, which includes content such as "The Shop". So far, he is making the most of this effort.
Athletes continue to expand the media power of social media and outlets like The Players Tribune, which allow them to bypass traditional media and tell stories without filters. This is the next step in evolution.
Guests like Beckham seem ready to seize the opportunity.
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