Warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. for locker room slap


The New Orleans Police Department has obtained a misdemeanor simple battery warrant for Cleveland Browns and former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham, 27, was in the LSU locker room at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during Monday night's post-game celebration of the 42-25 national championship victory over Clemson when he allegedly slapped a security guard on the buttocks. A video of the incident circulated via social media over the next couple of days. 

OBJ wasn’t gonna let that officer spoil the fun.. told him to get the gat. -- pic.twitter.com/sWoWj53r42

— -- (@wannabjoyful) January 14, 2020

The Times-Picayune New Orleans Advocate reports the officer went to police to file a complaint later. According to the complaint, the officer said he "wanted to retaliate by punching" Beckham, and considered arresting him at that moment, but decided against it "due to the jovial atmosphere of the locker room."

Officer at center of Odell Beckham Jr. butt-slap case says he resisted urge to punch player, decided against on the spot-arrest due to 'jovial' atmosphere of the locker room.More from the complaint | https://t.co/gNuWUlkeh4

— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) January 16, 2020

According to Louisiana law, simple battery is definted as "battery committed without the consent of the victim." The punishment can include up to six months in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. 

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU player had already been involved in another national championship post-game controversy, , with reports he was handing out cash to some players after the game. An LSU official at first said it was "novelty money," but then came word the school was investigating to see if it was actual currency. NCAA rules prohibit players from accepting money.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said on a podcast that the money was indeed real. 

This could just be the start of an eventful offseason for Beckham. The 27-year-old could potentially be traded from the Browns again after he reportedly grew discontent with a 6-10 season in which he had just four TD catches. 

The Browns issued a statement about Beckham and said that the receiver and his representatives are cooperating with authorities.

Statement regarding Odell Beckham Jr. incident: pic.twitter.com/7cN3jOLCj6

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020