Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Beat Depression With Sheer Willpower; Fans Criticize His ‘Get Your A** Up & Keep Goin’ Mentality On Mental Health


NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr. is opening up about mental health. While sharing a motivational post, OBJ recalled overcoming his battle with depression with sheer willpower, but fans quickly criticized his mentality on mental health.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Beat Depression With Sheer Willpower

The wide receiver shared a lengthy caption and revealed that “after the [2022 Super Bowl], having [my son] Zydn, battling depression and being at such highs n lows at the same point in time put me in a really bad spot.” 

OBJ went on to say that when life puts you down, you gotta dust yourself off and try again. Wholly, he said:

PSA: apologize for the long caption …..I can’t lie to y’all n tell u that gettin’ here was easy.

After the bowl, havin’ @Zydn, battling depression, and being at such highs n lows at the same point in time put me in a really bad spot.

I firmly believe that either way it goes, we have a choice in this life. U can either get up n get out of the funk or stay in it. I chose to get it out of the mud.

As an athlete, I hate seeing things about “mental illness,” not to say it’s not real, but deep down inside, I believe the mind can overpower it all. We all go thru shxt. I’m here to tell u that if u feel like u can’t go anymore, GET UR ASS UP n KEEP GOIN!!!!

Nobody can do the work for u. If u want somethin,’ u gotta go take it! Ain’t shxt free in this world. I’ve earned everything I’ve gotten.

Everything is a mindset. If u aren’t motivated, stay consistent; staying consistent gon’ bring back that motivation!

I’m Back Mentally!! That fire that I felt dying down inside is now growin’ in a way I never could have imagined!!

Thank you in advance for your patience! It’s all a part of God’s plan. Just keep walkin’ 🖤

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Fans Criticize Odell Beckham Jr For His ‘Get Your A** Up & Keep Goin’ Mentality On Mental Health

After OBJ opened up about his depression and how he overcame it, fans quickly criticized his blunt mentality on mental health., specifically, his “GET YOUR A** UP & KEEP GOIN’” remark.

One fan wrote, “Respect your hustle, don’t totally agree with your take on mental health and how it relates to motivation/determination. DM if you’re interested.”

OBJ wrote back, “completely understand we all have our own journey and opinions , I was just tryna help someone who was goin thru the same thing I was. And if I helped one person im kooo. Not tryna debate “science” and all that shxt. I’ve said my peace and I pray that the world could be a better place. I only want the best for everyone . Sending luv.”

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Another fan wrote, “This is a disappointing take. Athletes are breaking the stigma surrounding mental health in men and it’s literally saving lives. Don’t say that you don’t like seeing it. I’m glad sheer willpower worked for you, but it doesn’t for most people.”

OBJ responded, “best thing about our country is we all have the right to an opinion. I pray that lives continue to be saved. That’s the only goal is to@motivate one person at the least and from what I can see I did tht. Again not here to debate science, I have my own personal stories of people who’ve I’ve talked to that dealt wit mental illness, addiction and those kinda things. Family and close friends. This was there answer and advice to me. I didn’t take it lightly.”

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