On Monday, former NFL player Ray Lewis ticked a lot of people off by dragging Odell Beckham Jr. through the mud discussing religion on FS1’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd. Specifically, Lewis took aim at OBJ, accusing him of abandoning God, which is why (in Lewis’ mind) Beckham Jr. is dealing with off-field stuff.
“Where there’s no God, there’s chaos. Odell has removed God from his life. This is a kid who grew up under the covenant of who God really is. And everything he’s doing, he’s crying out for help. We have a lot of people reporting about it, but it’s always been the duty of elders to go back to help him. So that’s why I raised my hand. I told him ‘I’m here. Whatever you need.’”
Lewis also said, “I don’t care about religion, I’m talking about a foundation. When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you’re doing is the opposite of what’s got you to this place, then you’re making your own bed hard.”
Lewis said he was “disappointed” in OBJ because “we had an agreement” that Lewis would help mentor Beckham. He also said a whole bunch of other stuff, too. But you get the message — he’s judging the young man.
On Monday night, OBJ appeared to respond to Lewis without naming him in an Instagram post that included the caption, “The foundation was installed at birth… we will survive and prevail… ALWAYS. God willing…”
Quite aside from the utter hypocrisy of a man who’s literally been arrested for involvement in a double-murder case trying to shame another man for allegedly straying from the path, Lewis had no business bringing another man’s religion or walk with God into his conversation with Cowherd on national television.
It seems clear that Beckham Jr. took offense to it and felt the need to show he hasn’t abandoned his religious beliefs. And really, who can blame him?