Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. for locker room incident after LSU national title win
Odell Beckham Jr. is a proud product of the LSU football program who has gone on to both NFL stardom and controversy. Some of that controversy was brought back to the school and his hometown after the national championship game.
New Orleans police on Thursday morning obtained an arrest warrant accusing Beckham of simple battery in relation to a locker room interaction he had with a Superdome police officer Monday night.
A police spokesman said the warrant was issued after a video showed Beckham apparently slapping an officer’s buttocks after LSU’s championship game.
Per multiple outlets, an arrest warrant has been issued for #Browns WR Odell Beckham. He is being charged with simple battery.
He slapped the ass of a cop during #LSU's post-game locker room celebration.
Happy Thursday. pic.twitter.com/WbD5NqNh7x
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 16, 2020
Beckham also handed out what appears to be real money to several LSU players on the field after the Bengal Tigers’ 42-25 win over Clemson. The potential NCAA violation led LSU to release a statement:
“We are aware of the situation regarding Odell Beckham Jr. interacting with LSU student-athletes and others unaffiliated with the team following the championship game Monday night. Initial information suggested bills that were exchanged were novelty bills. Information and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes. We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position. We are working with our student-athletes, the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation.”
Beckham just completed his sixth NFL season with the Cleveland Browns after spending the previous five years with the New York Giants.
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