Arrest warrant for simple battery issued against Odell Beckham Jr. after Browns WR appeared to slap buttocks of police officer

The New Orleans Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on a misdemeanor simple battery charge after the Cleveland Browns wide receiver appeared to slap a police officer's buttocks late Monday night following LSU’s victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

New Orleans Police public information officer Aaron Looney confirmed the news of the arrest warrant being issued Thursday morning but added that there would be no other statements or materials released at this time.

Beckham was not arrested following the alleged incident.

“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” a Browns spokesperson said Thursday in a statement. “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”

It’s true. Police were trying to arrest LSU players for smoking cigars in the locker room after they beat Clemson to win the National Championship on Monday. Before you ask, yes that’s Odell Beckham Jr giving the cop a love tap pic.twitter.com/AqRMcKG8N2

Beckham, 27, played at LSU and has been in the news for his actions while celebrating LSU’s 42-25 victory against Clemson in the national championship game. The receiver was also captured on video apparently handing out cash to multiple LSU players on the field in the moments after the game concluded.

LSU said it would investigate whether the money Beckham handed out was real. LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson had told reporters Tuesday that “it was a joke” and that “the bills were fake.” Later, quarterback Joe Burrow said in an interview with Pardon My Take that the money was in fact real.

On Wednesday, the University issued a statement that said “apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes.”

Beckham, a six-year veteran in the NFL, just completed his first season in Cleveland and caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.

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