An arrest warrant for simple battery was issued for Odell Beckham Jr., 27, after the Cleveland Browns wide receiver slapped the buttocks of a security guard in locker room of the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
After LSU’s 42-25 defeat of Clemson at the College Football Playoff National Championship game, a New Orleans Police public information officer said the arrest warrant would be issued but added there would not be any further statements released at that time.
The slapping occurred in the LSU locker room after the game when the guard was sent to the locker room to enforce the Superdome’s indoor smoking ban. The security guard told police that at first he wanted to punch Beckham, but instead decided to file a complaint. Beckham was allowed inside the locker room after the game because he played for LSU from 2011-2013.
A Cleveland Browns spokesperson said regarding the incident, “We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter, they are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”
After the game Beckham was also recorded on video handing out cash to many LSU players on the field. The University said in a statement that “apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes”, a potential violation of NCAA rules.