Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New Orleans PD issues arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr

New Orleans PD issues arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr

An arrest warrant has been issued by New Orleans police for Cleveland Browns' star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a video emerged showing the National Football League superstar appearing to slap a security guard on the backside.

In a video of the team celebrating in the locker room Beckham apparently slapping a guard's backside after LSU's championship game.

Handing out money to players might be considered a violation of NCAA rules, but final a decision on this remains to be seen.

TMZ and other outlets have circulated the video on social media.

At the moment, Beckham's case is being investigated by LSU officials.

Louisiana law defines misdemeanor sexual battery as the intentional touching of the breasts or buttocks of a victim who did not consent to the contact.

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Punishment for a simple battery charge in Louisiana can involve a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or a jail sentence of six months.

The Tigers celebrated their victory with post-game cigars in the locker room.

The officer clearly appeared to be unhappy with Beckham after the slap, but the situation did not escalate on the video.

The Browns on Thursday issued a statement indicating all parties would cooperate with authorities.

This is the second incident at the NCAA title game in which the 27-year-old Baton Rouge, LA native plays a central role.

The Browns said Beckham was cooperating with authorities on the issue. "Information and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes", the department said in a statement. However, further investigation showed that Beckham may have given away real money, Bonnette said earlier this week.

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