The NFL told Odell Beckham Jr., who played his first game with the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, not to wear a $350,000 watch during games.
Beckham was spotted wearing the expensive Richard Mille-designed timepiece during the Browns game against the Indianapolis Colts. Some reports said it was worth $250,000 and others said it was worth $350,000.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens stated that he didn’t know Beckham was wearing it.
“As long as they’re going to enforce that with everyone, I’m fine with it,” Kitchens said. “Let’s just make sure it gets enforced with everybody,” Sports Illustrated reported.
On Monday, Sept. 9, the NFL reached out to Beckham and asked him not to wear it again, the publication also reported.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said there are no rules prohibiting jewelry, but he said there is a rule “prohibiting hard objects.”
The Browns lost to the Colts in devastating fashion, 43-13. Beckham caught seven passes for 71 yards in his Cleveland debut.
Sports Illustrated noted that he also drove his orange Rolls Royce to FirstEnergy Stadium.
If ain’t one thing…. it’s another…
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) September 10, 2019
Beckham issued a statement on Twitter, but it’s not clear if it was about the watch.
“If ain’t one thing…. it’s another,” he tweeted.
Following the Browns’ opener loss, quarterback Baker Mayfield was hurting following a shocking, stinging loss, The Associated Press reported.
The Tennessee Titans sacked him five times, chased him all over the field and knocked some of the defiance out of Cleveland’s brassy quarterback in Sunday’s opener.
“I’ll be all right,” Mayfield said.
It’s too early to know if the Browns will recover.
Cleveland had more yards in penalties (182) than rushing (102). The suspect offensive line leaked; tackle Greg Robinson got ejected for kicking Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro in the head; the defensive line didn’t live up to its billing; and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s debut was most notable because he played while wearing a $250,000 watch.
“It is one game in a 16-game schedule,” Kitchens said. “We are very disappointed in the lack of discipline that we showed, the loss of composure that we showed at times, and just overall not doing a good enough job from a coaching perspective and a player perspective to get the job done in a positive manner.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.