Over the weekend, highly sought-after free agent Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from an American Airlines plane after a confrontation with the flight's crew.
It might be a reasonable assumption that this incident would dull teams' interest in OBJ, but don't tell that to Mike McCarthy. The third-year Dallas Cowboys coach is still all-in on his pursuit of Beckham.
"Mike McCarthy said Cowboys are still moving 'full steam ahead' with their attempt to sign Odell Beckham Jr.," said Mike McCarthy, via Jon Machota.
Buoyed by a win over the 7-4 New York Giants on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys have a clear window to push all of their chips in on 2022 contention. With an already stellar receiving corps- featuring CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and tight end Dalton Schultz- the acquisition of OBJ would be a shot in the arm for quarterback Dak Prescott and company.
Even prior to McCarthy's confident quote, it seemed as though the Beckham-to-Dallas rumor had legs. On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that one anonymous executive expected OBJ to sign with Jerry Jones' team.
As far as the flight incident, Beckham's lawyer questioned the veracity of the Miami-Dade Police Department's incident summary. Daniel Davillier, a legal representative of Beckham's chalked the incident up to an "overzealous flight attendant" seeking to flaunt their power. A more comprehensive breakdown of Beckham's deboarding can be found here.
A three-time Pro Bowler with a Super Bowl ring, Beckham didn't address the incident's details on Twitter, but did express general disbelief at what had transpired.