New Orleans police on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against Cleveland Browns open receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for a complaint of simple aggression.
The video came to light this week showing Beckham hitting the buttocks of a SuperDome security guard in the LSU locker room after the victory of the National Tigers championship over Clemson on Monday in New Orleans.
The public affairs officer of the New Orleans police department, Juan Barnes, confirmed that the security guard filed the complaint.
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The Louisiana statute defines the simple battery as a battery committed without the victim’s consent. The punishment in Louisiana may include a fine of no more than $ 1,000 and imprisonment for no more than six months, or both.
“We are aware of the incident and have been in contact with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” the Browns said in a statement issued Thursday. “They are cooperating with the appropriate authorities to adequately address the situation.”
Beckham was also captured on video by passing money to several LSU players immediately after the 42-25 victory of the Tigers.
The athletic department of the university issued a statement on Wednesday saying it was aware of a video showing that Beckham was giving players “apparent cash” and that he had been in contact with the NCAA and the SEC regarding the matter. .
“We are aware of the situation regarding the interaction of Odell Beckham Jr. with LSU student athletes and others not affiliated with the team after the championship game on Monday night,” the LSU statement said. “The initial information suggested that the invoices that were exchanged were novel invoices. The information and the images reviewed as they show that the apparent cash could also have been delivered to LSU student athletes.”
“We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately after hearing about 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 “.
An LSU spokesman on Tuesday morning had initially told Baton Rouge Advocate that the money that Beckham, a former LSU star, gave in the field was false.
But on Barstool Sports’s “Pardon My Take” podcast, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said the cash was real. If the money distributed by Beckham were real, it would be a violation of the NCAA statutes. Cash is an example of unauthorized benefits that are prohibited by the governing body.