No one celebrated the LSU Tigers‘ national championship win over Clemson like Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ was seen giving out wads of cash to players on the field after the game, and the former LSU wide receiver also joined in on Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron’s postgame locker room speech inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
OBJ may have gotten too rowdy after watching quarterback Joe Burrow dismantle Clemson, as he’s now facing potential legal trouble for slapping the butt of a security guard inside the LSU locker room after the championship game win Monday night. Yes, really.
The New Orleans Police Department have issued an arrest warrant for Beckham Jr. for simple battery on the police officer. Video emerged of the incident and the NFL star wide receiver can be seen celebrating with LSU players and saying “get the gat” before the unprompted butt-slapping occurs.
Odell Beckham Jr. Arrest Warrant
The Cleveland Browns issued a statement saying they were aware of the incident.
NOLA.com’s Ramon Antonio Vargas and Carlie Wells reported that a police spokesperson said police chose to pursue charges after the video circulated on social media.
The report also states that local law enforcement originally wanted to pursue a warrant for misdemeanor sexual battery, which is considered a more serious misdemeanor that cannot be expunged in the state of Louisiana. That conviction can lead to a maximum of six months in jail. A judge denied that warrant, however, and approved the simple battery warrant.
Police may have been roaming the locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship Game looking for LSU players smoking victory cigars. Burrow was one player that lit up, and reports circulated that players caught smoking could be arrested. No players were arrested.
LSU is already in talks with the NCAA about the video of OBJ handing out cash to players after the game. An LSU spokesperson originally said the money was fake, but Burrow said on a podcast that it was real cash.
Beckham Jr. played high school football for New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School and starred at LSU for three years before the New York Giants selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
LSU football is probably ready to be done with all these OBJ headlines. Now should be a time for celebration, not talking to police and the NCAA over potential violations.