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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Victim of Fake Online Persona Known as “Erica Mendez”

May 27th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

From the very moment he was drafted by the New York Giants, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. saw his name dragged through the mud by someone claiming to be a 19-year-old model named Erica Mendez.

The entire situation seemed like a rather odd hoax — or perhaps something put on by an unstable ex-girlfriend — but was "substantiated" when Radar Online published an interview with Mendez, which outlined an alleged romance between the two, while also detailing an alleged affair, sexual transgressions and even a love child.

Mendez later "denied" giving Radar Online that interview and accompanying text messages, but maintained that she was Beckham's fiance and had a long-standing relationship with his family.

In the end, absolutely none of it was true. Radar Online was hoaxed, the New York Daily News was hoaxed and the NFL, who started an investigation into the matter, was hoaxed. As it turns out, Mendez doesn't even exist in the traditional sense, but rather, is an elaborately created online persona combining a fake name with photos acquired from two Los Angeles-based photographers — a persona that has now been exposed by The Big Lead.

The woman whose likeness has been associated with "Mendez" is actually a model by the name of Dior Patterson, and she has publicly denied knowing Odell Beckham Jr. and the Beckham family. She also revealed — although this will not come as much of a surprise — that her photographers have been used in association with "Erica Mendez" without permission and that she may seek to file a lawsuit.

The origins of this semi-Catfish situation have been traced back to his days at LSU and appears to be quite elaborate, with multiple fake online personalities all loosely tying into the "Erica Mendez" persona as a means by which to substantiate the character. Ultimately, like most Catfish situations, this hoax has now been exposed, though the perpetrator remains anonymous.

It's likely an investigation will continue into the matter, but given how elaborate this hoax was, the chances the the perpetrator is found is slim to none. If nothing else, at least Beckham Jr. can rest a little easier now.

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10 Responses to “New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Victim of Fake Online Persona Known as “Erica Mendez””

  1.  Krow says:

    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo strikes again !!!

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    This was garbage from the get-go. I’m not on the “blame the media” bandwagon, but in this case, yeah, in a rush to get eyeballs the media went with a story that smelled from the very beginning. I hope this will never be mentioned again on Giants 101, eyeballs be damned.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    You know, I see reasonable depth on the D-line, at WR, at QB, at RB, at cornerback and now on the interior of the offensive line.

    We’re a little thin at LBer, thin at safety if Hill is suspended (especially because we don’t really know much about Taylor yet and Behre’s a rookie, so Demps is the incumbent third safety, which isn’t comforting), thin on the outside of the offensive line, and who-the-hell-knows-if-we-have-anything at tight end.

    If Kennard can play, and Herzlich steps up a bit, the LBer spot is covered. If Beatty can play respectably things change very much for the better on the outside of the O-line, especially if Mosley or Brewer shows anything and can become a fourth option. I think plenty rests on the shoulders of Taylor and Behre in camp but I have a good feeling about both of them if they get to play in the kind of free safety role that seems right for them. And then there’s tight end where Reese has made a BIG bet on Robinson and Donnell but without doubt has his eyes on a few veterans who might come available by August. No way they will put all their chips on two guys who have shown absolutely nothing so far.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Damn Detroit. If only we had lost to those sorry ****………………LOL

    •  GOAT56 says:

      LB is a little thin but I think we are pretty well covered in part because we will be in nickel 50% of the time with the way many NFL teams play. What provides sneaky depth at LB is should something happen to Beason I think the real backup MLB is McClain. McClain would be as dynamic but he could provide some of the same things Blackburn did with more talent if needed at MLB. It would also help if Kennard is ready because Herzlich appears to just be a backup and his roster spot is in some question.

      Safety is another spot we clearly have questions. Because of our CB depth I think we see a lot more 3 CB sets than 3 safety sets especially if no Hill. So that helps. And Hill will also help if he can just avoid a season suspension. Having him back let’s say after 8 games would be a big factor in our depth.

      I think if we see positive signs from Robinson and company we will not sign a vet. Robinson and Donnell are every bit as unproved as Ballard and Pascoe were with way more upside. We already have Kellen Davis on the roster who is similar to the TE we signed that year from Arizona that retired out of nowhere. I’m not saying JR doesn’t have a backup plan but I do think the first plan is to stay pat.

  4.  norm says:

    I’ll just go ahead and state an opinion for which I expect to be roundly mocked:

    If the interior turns out to be solid, the O-line will be just fine. Even if the play at left tackle is well below optimum.

    I partially agree with ff55′s earlier assertion that “Accorsi’s dictum is a bit less relevant today that when it was uttered.” I think this 100% true when talking about the edge rush. As ff55 noted, the recent proliferation of quick hitting offenses and mobile QBs (not to mention read option schemes that drink the milkshake of pass rushing DEs who fail to maintain gap discipline) have eroded the effectiveness of the traditional edge rush. However, where these recent changes have been less successful is in neutralizing the interior rush.

    I submit that in this day and age, a DT with modest sack totals who can consistently collapse the pocket is worth more than many an edge rusher with much gaudier sack numbers (give me a Geno Atkins over a Robert Mathis any day) One of the first people to notice this changing paradigm was the Saints’ Sean Payton, who opted to eschew the traditional model of anchoring the O-line with a left tackle. Under the Payton/Brees regime, the Saints have place much more of an emphasis on fortifying the interior line while treating the tackle position as largely fungible. Guard Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans became household names while their JAG tackles toiled in obscurity.

    With the recent influx of talent along the interior, it’s not unreasonable to think that the Giants could not follow a similar blueprint. Schwartz, Jerry, Walton/Richburg (and/or a healthy Snee) figure to provide an immediate upgrade over the Superfund Site that was the 2013 Giants interior line. Mix in the possibility of one of the pups (Mosley, Goodin, Herman) stepping up and making some noise and the Giants might actually have something. No, it certainly won’t be the Nicks/Evans Saints. But it does not have to be. If the interior line proves good enough to maintain pocket integrity for Eli a majority of the time, the Giants offensive line will rank as one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2014 season. Even with a sub par left tackle.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Even though it’s the cowboys I wish the NFL didn’t have these injuries. This is a killer to a defense already lacking if true. They fear Lee has a torn ACL:

    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/10990605/sean-lee-dallas-cowboys-injured-otas

    •  Krow says:

      Crushed by Zach Martin who somehow missed the non-contact part of the non-contract drill they were running.

  6.  G-MenFan says:

    FTA:

    “Lee tore his right ACL in April 2008 while at Penn State,”

    ” then partially tore his left ACL during the 2009 season.”

    “Lee missed five games last season with hamstring and neck injuries.”

    “He missed two games as a rookie in 2010 with a hamstring injury”

    “and one game in 2011 with a dislocated wrist, playing most of that season wearing a cast.”

    “Toe surgery forced him to miss 10 games in 2012.”

    “The Cowboys signed Lee to a six-year extension last summer worth as much as $51 million. It included a $10 million signing bonus.”

    I believe that’s called “paying the player you wish you had instead of the player you have.”

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