Cleveland Browns superstar NFL footballer Odell Beckham, Jr. is in hot water after making an appearance at the CFP National Championship game recently. A judge has issued a warrant for his arrest on the charge of simple battery after he slapped a police officer on the butt.
While celebrating with the Louisiana State University football team in the locker room after winning the championship, footage was captured of Odell slapping an officer hard on his ass in the locker room. It appears the officer was policing the students and what is unclear is if Odell was “caught up in the spirit” or something else – but the officer didn’t seem to take kindly to it, at all.
One word for this cop? HARDOOOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/PseeipfsNi— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 15, 2020
One wonders why this had to proceed this far in being charged – and the charges that were filed were lesserthan what was initially requested. According to Nola.com;
“A law enforcement source said authorities originally sought a warrant for a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, but it was declined by a judge. The warrant was redrafted asserting a count of simple battery, and it was approved.”
There’s a big enough difference between the two charges – misdemeanor sexual battery cannot be expunged from first time offender’s records, while simple battery can. Ultimately, it’s not something that Odell can’t handle but it is a very bad look for something so simple to cause so many problems. It’s not the first offense of Odell’s at this championship game, unfortunately.
Beckham has ALSO come under fire for allegedly giving cold hard cash out to the LSU footballers on the field while celebrating after their win. While great for the players, it’s not a good situation for the college, as giving athlete-student’s money is against NCAA rules.
The school released a statement about the incident, doing damage control from another one of Odell Beckham’s celebratory actions:
“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.”
Though all of this will more than likely blow over, Odell’s team – who holds his very expensive contract of $95 million dollars – also released a statement. “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.”
If convicted, 27-year-old Beckham faces up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Will it affect him other than this? Unsure, but what is almost a sure bet is that ODB won’t be invited on-field to any more of his alma mater’s football celebrations!