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From Butt-Slap To Wrist-Slap: The OBJ Incident

From Butt-Slap To Wrist-Slap: The OBJ Incident

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. recently found himself in a little bit of hot water after he slapped a security officer on the butt.  The incident happened when OBJ was on hand at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to watch the battle of the tigers in the LSU-Clemson College Football Playoff National Championship, and he couldn’t deny it since it was caught on film.  However, despite initially expected to be arrested for the butt-slapping, OBJ ended up with just a wrist-slapping.

The OBJ Incident

OBJ, along with players from the LSU squad, were in the locker room following their 42-25 victory, toking away at some cigars.  A security officer, a member of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), warned them to extinguish the stogies; however, OBJ was having too much fun and playfully patted the officer on his rear.

A video of the incident had been shared on social media, so there’s no denying the claim.  However, the officer decided not to press charges, and OBJ was able to breathe a sigh of relief.  According to OBJ’s lawyer, Daniel Davillier, “The arrest warrant stemming from the postgame locker room celebration at the Superdome on January 13, 2020, has been recalled; there is no warrant outstanding for the arrest of Odell Beckham, Jr.


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The security officer involved does not wish to pursue charges in this matter. This legal matter has been resolved.”

Initially, OBJ was going to be charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.  However, with no victim to come forward, the NOPD tried to submit a charge of simple battery, which doesn’t need the consent of a victim.  As defined by Louisiana statutes someone who commits simple battery “shall be fined not more than $500 and imprisoned not less than fifteen days nor more than six months without benefit of suspension of sentence.”  However, the NOPD has withdrawn the warrant and the district attorney is not going to pursue charges, either.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the incident will now be put behind OBJ, though.  The Browns issued a statement last Thursday, indicating that the team was “in touch with Odell and his representatives” to discuss the issue.  The team added, “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”

Not Just A Butt Slap

The “situation” is going to extend beyond a simple tap on the rear.  OBJ was also caught handing out cash to LSU players on the field after the game, something the school initially tried to brush off.  A statement from the university indicated that the money was fake, but LSU was later forced to retract the statement after several individuals, including the team’s star quarterback and Heisman winner Joe Burrow, confirmed the money was real.

NCAA rules prevent cash from being given to students, and LSU’s updated statement read, “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.  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.


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“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.”

As if that weren’t enough, in another incident OBJ also had a little bit of a temper tantrum after not being allowed to climb the ladder of the LSU marching band’s director.  He had wormed his way through the band and tried to get on the ladder, only to be refused before being led away by an officer working the game.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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