Summer 2024

Odell Beckham Jr. gets baptized in the Jordan River, says he's 'forgiven'

For all his on-field talent, the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. has been linked to no shortage of concerning off-field behavior this year.

Right around the same time his name surfaced in accusations from a $15 million lawsuit, however, the All-Pro wide receiver said via Instagram that he’s found a “fresh start.”

Posting from a visit to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Beckham shared pictures of his own baptism in the Jordan River. And his captions, including an “#ImForgiven” hashtag, indicated a renewed take on life: “Fresh start … what a time!” “God, I can’t thank u enough for this one. My journey is just beginning.”

In another Instagram post,  the Giants receiver quoted Psalm 23:4 with the following message: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: God Bless.”

A three-time Pro Bowler in New York, Beckham did not waste time ascending to NFL stardom. A first-round draft pick in 2014, he posted three straight 1,300-yard seasons before an injury sidelined him for all but four games in 2017. Famous for his highlight-reel one-handed grabs, he’s also maintained a rather polarizing reputation thanks to a one-game 2015 suspension and a string of off-field headlines.

Training camp kicked off Wednesday for the New York Giants. They’ll open up their season at home Sept. 9 against the Jaguars.

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