Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr has been issued an arrest warrant by the New Orleans Police following an incident where he slapped a police officer on the backside. The incident occurred following Beckham Jr’s alma mater, Louisiana State, winning the College Football Championship on Monday night.
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
The Browns have issued the following statement in regards to the incident:
Statement regarding Odell Beckham Jr. incident: pic.twitter.com/7cN3jOLCj6
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020
Beckham Jr is now involved in his second controversy stemming from the National Championship game, as he was seen handing out money to several LSU players, which would be a violation of NCAA guidelines.
Odell Beckham Jr. joined the Browns in a high profile trade from the New York Giants before the start of the season, but the pairing failed to produce meaningful results as the Browns only put together a record of 6-10 in the course of 2019. Newly appointed Head Coach Kevin Stefanski will look to bolster his roster and turn the results from this past season around, with Beckham a major factor in that equation.