Odell Beckham Jr oft isn’t one for interviews and does most of his talking on the field.
However, for August’s issue of GQ Magazine, he pairs his suave shoot with a telling set of quotes.
The no holds barred feature sees the Cleveland Brown‘s NFL star respond to the long-lingering rumors surrounding his sexuality.
His words on the matter after the jump…
On The Constant Suggestion He’s Not Straight:
“I’ve never had an opportunity to talk about this. Honestly wasn’t offended. I’ve never once had no problem with anybody who has their own personal life that they live. I have friends who are gay. It was almost more funny to me. I almost messed with them even more. It’s like when someone gives me an ultimatum, I’m usually always going to go to the opposite way of what you want me to go. So when they would say that, I would almost mess with them even more. I have no problem with anyone’s sexual orientation.”
The interviewer goes on to note that “The idea that someone must be gay — or that being gay is in any way shameful — because they’re dancing or have blond hair seems so small-minded.” A sentiment Beckham seems to agree with.
For, he added:
“Or because they’re ‘close with other men.’ Even like little videos where they see me leaned back or something, they’ll say that I’m looking at a guy’s ass. And I’m like, “Bro! You don’t even know where my mind is at.” It was just a lose-lose. They’d see me with a white woman and be like, “Why don’t you be with any sisters?” I have no problem with any race. Love is love. If you’re attracted to somebody, you’re attracted to somebody. There was such a stigma built up, [as though] I don’t like my own women. It’s like, ‘no, I don’t like anybody who annoys me. [laughs]’”
He concluded on the topic:
“So someone can’t be happy, someone can’t be dancing. ‘Oh, he’s always around guys, he’s never around girls.’ I just don’t want you to see what woman I’m with, and I don’t want you in my personal life. I always try to keep my personal life my personal life. I feel like I don’t owe that to anybody.”