PETA is reportedly upset regarding one of the recent videos posted to New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s Instagram account.
Truthfully, are we really surprised? This, however, isn’t as controversial as his past situations.
On Sunday, the fifth-year receiver out of LSU posted a video to his Instagram account of him hanging out at Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. The video includes shots of him playing catch and wrestling around with numerous animals.
This week, PETA actually caught wind of the video. To say the least, they weren’t exactly happy about the post or the responsibility of Myrtle Beach Safari.
“These sensitive and much-abused animals belong with their families in nature, not pimped out as props by shameless roadside zoos,” PETA Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet stated. “We’re sure that Odell Beckham Jr. had no idea that the sleazy safari park where this young chimpanzee is kept has a lengthy record of violating federal law and uses great apes and big-cat cubs in cheap publicity stunts like this.”
PETA also pointed to Beckham’s injury history. Beckham missed the majority of the 2017 season for the Giants with a fractured ankle. He also missed the final four games of the 2018 season with a quadriceps injury.
“These encounters are incredibly dangerous, and PETA urges everyone — including Beckham, who certainly doesn’t want another injury — to steer clear of cruel facilities that exploit animals,” PETA said.
In his still-young career, this may be one of the more laughable dramatic situations OBJ has gotten into. The news of this will most likely brush over in the next few days. I truly don’t think PETA could do too much to harm Beckham’s career.
No need to worry, Big Blue fans. From now on, how about Beckham sticks to being an animal on the field?