Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is in hot water with the New Orleans police. Their department issued an arrest warrant for him after video surfaced of Beckham, Jr. slapping an officer on the backside in the locker room following LSU's national championship victory on Monday night.
In the clip, an officer is seen asking LSU guard Damien Lewis about the contents of a plastic bottle sitting next to him when Beckham, Jr. comes up from behind and slaps the cop on the butt. The whole thing was captured by LSU tackle Adrian Magee and posted to his Instagram Story.
He is wanted for simple battery, but according to NOLA.com, police originally sought a warrant for a more serious charge. "A law enforcement source said authorities originally sought a warrant for a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, but it was declined by a judge," the outlet writes.
He potentially faces a $1,000 and up to six months in jail if found guilty.
The Browns released a statement about the situation on Thursday. "We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter," the statement read. "They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation."
Beckham, Jr. is also being looked at for apparently handing out real money to the LSU players on the field after their victory over Clemson, which could be an NCAA violation.
"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," LSU said in a statement. "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.
"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," it concluded.