(SP) – In an NFL Sunday marked by protests and social statements, none was more powerful than the one made by New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. on Sunday, who used the spotlight of a touchdown to speak out about the serious issue of dogs peeing all over neighbors’ lawns.
“As a professional athlete in the National Football League, one of the great privileges is to have a platform to speak out about important issues facing the American people,” Beckham said after the game. “And I think I speak for all Americans, and all people across the globe, when I say that I hate when my neighbors’ dogs pee in my yard. That shit has to stop. And I mean that literally. The shitting and the peeing must stop.”
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Beckham had the full support of the organization in making his statement.
“We may have lost the game today, but I think his important protest will be remembered long after some game,” said McAdoo. “He struck a blow against dog pissing, yellow spots and the ruination of finely manicured lawns. I am proud of him.”
After his protest against dog peeing, Beckham scored again and took the opportunity to make another statement, this time holding his fist up in protest.
“That was to let all the dogs know that if they do piss on my lawn, I will punch them,” said the receiver.