Police Seek to Arrest Odell Beckham Jr. After Video Shows Backside Slap
Video of the star Cleveland Browns receiver showed him smacking the backside of a security officer while celebrating his former university, Louisiana State, winning college football’s national championship.
NytimesThe Louisiana authorities said Thursday that a judge had approved an arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr., a star wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, after he appeared to slap the buttocks of a security officer after college football’s national title game on Monday night.
A police spokeswoman in New Orleans, where Louisiana State defeated Clemson for the national championship, said Beckham had been accused of simple battery but that she could not release other details about the warrant. A court official said a copy of the warrant had not yet been made public.
In a video of the episode, which has circulated online in recent days, an officer is seen addressing Damien Lewis, an offensive guard, in the L.S.U. locker room at the Superdome. Beckham, who played for three seasons at L.S.U., then approaches the officer from behind and appears to strike him with his right hand. The officer turns to face Beckham, and the two have a limited exchange before the end of the video.
The noise of the locker room makes it difficult to hear what the officer was saying to Lewis. Alabama Media Group reported that at least one officer warned players against smoking cigars in the locker room.