Warren Sapp on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'You can't wear a $350,000 watch and play like a $2 bill'

Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY
Published 12:24 p.m. ET Sept. 12, 2019 | Updated 12:35 p.m. ET Sept. 12, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYWarren Sapp has a problem with Odell Beckham Jr.’s insistence on wearing a luxury watch during NFL games – but not because he doesn’t appreciate style.“You can’t wear a $350,000 watch and play like a $2 bill,” Sapp, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle, told USA TODAY Sports. “That don’t get it done. It was a nice-looking watch. Matched the uniform and everything. But I’d love to see you in the end zone, dancing or something. C’mon, man.”Beckham, the Cleveland Browns star receiver preparing for a return to the Big Apple with Monday night’s game at the New York Jets, has said he’ll keep wearing his Richard Mille timepiece. Beckham’s limited-edition watch retails for about $190,000 but has been priced online for as much as $350,000.The NFL has a rule prohibiting players from wearing “hard objects,” though he contended the watch is plastic and therefore should be permitted. Spokesman Michael Signora told ESPN that the league planned to speak with Beckham about the issue.Beckham wore the watch during the Browns’ 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday and recorded seven receptions for 71 yards.WEEK 2 PICKS: Will Browns rebound against Jets on Monday night?Sapp took a shot at OBJ while promoting his new weekly podcast, “99 Problems.” A lightning rod himself during his heyday with the Buccaneers and Raiders, Sapp, who was fired from his NFL Network job in 2015 following an arrest during Super Bowl week (charges were later dropped), still has no shortage of edgy opinions, expressed on a different platform.“I have no doubt that it’s all about you, son,” Sapp added of OBJ, alluding to Cleveland’s season-opening loss against Tennessee. “You want to talk about your watch? The score is my concern. Whenever I hear one of these prima donnas put their issue in a team statement, then I’d be a little more accepting about it.“I’m trying to figure it out. It’s about wearing a $350,000 watch on a football field now?”Then again, Sapp is only so old-school. During his 13-year career, he wore jewelry during a game – once. He said he learned a valuable lesson after wearing two earrings during a 1996 game at Carolina.“It was muddy, nasty,” he recalled of the field conditions. “I came out in the third quarter, took my helmet off, my homeboy Pep (former Buccaneers defensive tackle Brad Culpepper) looked at me and said, ‘Your earrings got knocked off.’ I was like, ‘What?’ I touched both of my ears and they were gone. That was $3,500. I said that’s the last time. That’s the cheapest lesson I’m going to learn in this this league. That’ll never happen again.”He remembers Culpepper asking him on the sideline: “How much were those?”“I’m like, ‘Shut up! I just threw away $3,500 in this (stadium) today.’ ”Apparently, that buys no slack for OBJ.Follow Jarrett Bell on Twitter @JarrettBell.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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