An arrest warrant for simple battery was issued for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a video showed him slapping the behind of security officer after LSU’s College Football Playoff National Championship win over Clemson on Monday.
The Browns issued a statement about the arrest warrant, saying the team is aware of the incident.
“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” the Browns said. “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”
The police department said the misdemeanor warrant was issued “in regards to an incident that occurred on January 13, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,” WDSU reported.
Several news outlets had reported that guards asked players to stop smoking cigars after their victory.
LSU also issued a comment about the matter and noted that it was aware of a video showing cash being handed out by Beckham.
“We are aware of the situation regarding Odell Beckham Jr. interacting with LSU student-athletes and others unaffiliated with the team following the championship game Monday night,” the LSU statement said, ESPN reported. “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.”
It added, “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. We are working with our student-athletes, the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation.”