First, let’s just say that New Orleans police officers might wanna learn to lighten up. With that in mind, know that NOPD has issued an arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr.
The New Orleans Police Dept.’s warrant is for a lightweight, misdemeanor simple battery charge. They’re going after the Cleveland Browns wide receiver because he appeared to have slapped a police officer’s buttocks late Monday night following LSU’s victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship, reports USA Today.
The site also reported that New Orleans Police public information officer Aaron Looney confirmed the news of the arrest warrant being issued Thursday morning but added that there would be no other statements or materials released at this time.
Beckham was not arrested following the alleged incident.
It's true. Police were trying to arrest LSU players for smoking cigars in the locker room after they beat Clemson to win the National Championship on Monday. Before you ask, yes that's Odell Beckham Jr giving the cop a love tap pic.twitter.com/AqRMcKG8N2
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) January 15, 2020
“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” a Browns spokesperson said Thursday in a statement. “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”
Now an NFLer, Beckham, 27, played at LSU and has been in the news for his actions while celebrating LSU’s 42-25 victory against Clemson in the national championship game. He was also captured on video apparently handing out cash (but was it real or funny-money?) to multiple LSU players on the field in the moments after the game concluded.
Meanwhile, LSU said it would investigate whether the money Beckham handed out was real. LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson had told reporters Tuesday that “it was a joke” and that “the bills were fake.” But wait a minute! Later, quarterback Joe Burrow said in an interview with ESPN’s “Pardon My Take” that the money was indeed real.
On Wednesday, the University issued a statement that said “apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes.”
Beckham, a six-year veteran in the NFL, just completed his first season in Cleveland and caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.