Arrest Warrant Issued for Odell Beckham Jr. After Locker Room Incident Involving New Orleans Police Officer
An arrest warrant has been issued for former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, charging the Cleveland Browns receiver with simple battery after slapping the butt of a police officer in the postgame locker room of LSU's 42-25 national championship win.
Multiple reports state the simple battery warrant was signed by a judge Thursday morning.
The Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports the incident occurred after the officer confronted LSU players who were smoking cigars in the locker room after the game, saying the players would be subject to arrest.
A police source also told the Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate that authorities initially wanted Beckham to be charged with sexual battery but a judge denied the request.
Louisiana statute defines simple battery as battery committed without the consent of the victim. Punishment in Louisiana can include a fine of no more than $1,000 and imprisonment for no more than six months, or both.
The Cleveland Browns released a statement regarding Beckham and the arrest warrant.
"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."
This comes on the heels of a postgame investigation launched by the school in conjunction with the NCAA after video surfaced of Beckham allegedly handing cash to LSU players moments after the championship win.
More updates will be provided as made available.