CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The New Orleans Superdome security officer that was the victim of a butt slap from Odell Beckham Jr. will not press charges against the Browns receiver according to NOLA.com.
An arrest warrant was issued for Beckham on Thursday on a misdemeanor count of simple battery.
NOLA.com reported late Friday night that the 48-year old officer signed an affidavit indicating he did not want charges filed against Beckham in the wake of the incident.
Beckham, who attended LSU’s win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday night, also made headlines for handing wads of cash out to players as cameras filmed him after the game.
LSU tried to deny that Beckham handed out real cash, originally saying he gave out novelty bills before recanting in another statement earlier this week in which the university pledged to look into the incident, which could be a significant NCAA violation and cause problems for the football program.
Beckham then joined the victorious Tigers in their locker room to celebrate.
A video from the locker room went viral on social media that showed Beckham slap a security officer on the butt as the officer was admonishing LSU right guard Damien Lewis for smoking a victory cigar, which was prohibited, and asking Lewis to put it out.
The officer chose not to arrest Beckham at the time but reportedly told New Orleans police that he wanted to punch Beckham in retaliation for the slap prompting officials to seek a warrant for Beckham’s arrest because the contact was unwanted.
NOLA.com previously reported that a judge denied a warrant for a misdemeanor sexual battery charge originally sought by authorities.
A conviction for simple battery could result in six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 under Louisiana law.