New York Post

OBJ denies he mulled 20K bet

- By HANNAH WITHIAM

Odell Beckham Jr. dismissed a claim he considered dropping thousands on a baseball bet.

The star Giants receiver, who has been sidelined since Week 5 while recovering from ankle surgery, was linked in a report published Tuesday to a high-stakes sports gambler who alleges Beckham talked of betting $20,000 on a baseball game.

In an in-depth interview with USA Today, Rob Gorodetsky, 25, said Beckham floated the idea after the two became acquaintan­ces during a night out at a Las Vegas casino in May. Beckham later sent Gorodetsky a text, according to the bettor, in which he expressed interest in putting $20,000 on a baseball game.

The NFL does not prohibit gambling on non-NFL sports.

Beckham, in his fourth year with the Giants, denied the allegation to USA Today through his agent. He also denied knowing Gorodetsky.

The two apparently have met, which Gorodetsky documented with a photo of the two of them posted to his Instagram account. Gorodetsky said he lent Beckham money to play blackjack after Beckham’s cousin introduced them.

“He said, ‘You know what, I didn’t really bring any money with me.’ These people never do, right?’’ Gorodetsky told USA Today. “He’s like, ‘Let me borrow $10,000, I want to play blackjack. If I lose, I’ll wire you the money tomorrow.’ Blah, blah, blah.

“I give him the money. Next thing you know we’re sitting there [playing blackjack] for four hours. He won a couple of thousand and gave me my money back. Then he’s like, ‘Come to dinner with us.’ ”

Soon after the newspaper sent a message to Beckham’s agent about the allegation, Gorodetsky passed along a text message of an angry email he said he received from Beckham’s cousin.

“He’s flipping out on me,” Gorodetsky wrote in the text message.

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