A viral video of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. smacking the buttocks of a Mercedes Benz Superdome police officer after an LSU game has resulted in the NFL player being issued an arrest warrant for simple battery. According to nola.com, law enforcement sources said authorities initially tried to obtain a warrant for misdemeanor sexual battery, but was denied by a judge. The judge later approved the redrafted warrant accusing Beckham of simple battery. And while putting your hands on a law enforcement officer is no laughing matter, Twitter got a hold of the footage and crafted a plethora of memes, GIFs and tweets anyway.
The incident stemmed from an officer reprimanding LSU right guard Damien Lewis following the team’s win over Clemson for the college football’s national championship. Members of LSU’s team were smoking celebratory cigars in the locker room when an officer informed the players that anyone caught smoking was subject to arrest.
“A police officer threw water on the party when telling the national champions they could not smoke the cigars that burned for easily 15 minutes after beating Clemson,” according to a report from AL.com.
Another officer allegedly told the players it was okay to smoke in the locker room, despite his commander saying otherwise.
Police launched their investigation into the incident after the Superdome contacted them on Tuesday. It’s worth noting the difference between the crime authorities tried to get an arrest warrant for, versus the crime they were approved for. According to nola.com, per Louisiana law, misdemeanor sexual battery is described as the “intentional touching of the breasts or buttocks of a victim who did not consent to the contact.” The charge also carries a maximum of six months in jail and is not expungable, if convicted. Meanwhile, simple battery is “battery committed without the consent of the victim,” the outlet reports. If convicted, the offender can face up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Unlike misdemeanor sexual battery, the conviction is expungable for first-time offenders.
The Browns released a statement following the incident. “We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” the team said. “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”
Some folks are making light of the situation, while others on Twitter are debating if Beckham took “locker room behavior” too far.
Check out the debate below.
Y’all are drama queens. You’re In a locker room. This is locker room behavior. Stop trying to milk this brother for a dollar. I promise you if OBJ offered him cash to drop the charges all would be forgiven. https://t.co/FrEDzIbZ65— Blackminican (@Blackminican247) January 16, 2020
That’s just locker room behavior buddy 🤣 get with it or get out. https://t.co/tAh9NIw7qV— Lucifer's Curly-Haired Lawyer (@BUHRIEEE) January 16, 2020
@ESPNNFLLIVE Very inappropriate to laugh. Male of female in the locker room. security or reporter, you don't put your hands on someone else, especially on the butt. It is a form of assault. OBJ did not need to be in the locker room either. Dont excise bad behavior.— Damien Thomas (@4D_Thomas) January 16, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the cop who was assaulted by Odel Beckham. There’s no place for that type of physical abuse. Hopefully the cop makes a speedy recovery from this heinous act.— Mike Schneid (@msschneid) January 16, 2020
Don’t care for odel Beckham but that security guard in there locker room to make sure the National champs weren’t under age drinking. Dudes a clown and got butt hurt over a smack in the @ss. Dude was definitely a bum in college and high school.— Matt Zanolli (@opinionatedMZ) January 16, 2020
Get Odel Beckham the hell out of there.... Nothing but a terrible role model.— Teddy Ritter (@TeddyGraham1487) January 15, 2020
Nobody:— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 16, 2020
Odell Beckham when we sees a police officer’s ass: pic.twitter.com/6ywJNaEgnh
“His name is odell beckham. That’s spelled O-D-E-L-L” pic.twitter.com/PnP90imnuO— kyle/Free agent nba fan (@knicks_tape99) January 14, 2020
Live footage of Odell getting questioned by New Orleans PD pic.twitter.com/lwizJ7fWst— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 16, 2020
Odell is my guy & obviously the cops hassling the LSU players for smoking championship cigars indoors were totally insane, but, c’mon man, you can’t slap a cop on the ass like he just kicked a field goal. That’s gonna get you jammed up every single time. https://t.co/5imJkfYmAs— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 16, 2020