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NOLA in the News: Odell Beckham Jr., Stuart Smith

A pair of New Orleanians garnered some serious press over the past few days. Newman’s Odell Beckham Jr. is in England promoting the NFL and learning a little about what the Europeans call “proper football”. Stuart Smith is promoting a book about the abuses of oil companies on public television.


Beckham took to SkySports to discuss his blossoming career and his roots playing the beautiful game. Beckham says he played soccer as a youth. His coach pushed him hard to pursue a route to the pros, but Beckham declined. The LSU product explains that he opted to stick with American football because he did not want to leave his family. 


Later in the five minute segment, the hosts get lively when the receiver compared his style to Neymar or Messi.


The highlight may be when Beckham tries to explain the difference in player size to his British hosts. He first tells them that a “linebacker is one of the slimmer fat ones.” When asked, “Who are the really fat one?” he fingers the offensive line and defensive line. Beckham notes that he stays away from those guys on the field.


Watch the interview here.


The trip across the pond also involved a visit to the training facility for the pride of North London, the Tottenham Hotspur. In addition to the usual gifting of jerseys, Beckham got to chum around with USMNT keeper Brad Friedel. The wide receiver hopped in front of the onion bag and showed that blocking shots is not entirely different than catching passes.


— NFL UK (@nfl_uk) February 27, 2015


Attorney Stuart Smith also made the rounds recently. While Smith is known to many locals for his outspoken advocacy of the noise regulation, his primary focus is actually environmental law. 


On February 18, Smith appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley to discuss the lingering effects of the BP Oil Spill as well as his new book. Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should Know About the New Environmental Attack on America details Smith’s 1986 case against Royal Dutch Shell on behalf of workers who clean pipelines.


Watch the interview below.


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