An arrest warrant has been issued for Odell Beckham Jr. on a battery charge after a viral video showed him smacking a cop's behind

AP Photo/Rick ScuteriOdell Beckham Jr.
  • An arrest warrant has been issued for Odell Beckham Jr. after a viral video showed him slapping a police officer’s butt while celebrating LSU’s national championship.
  • A police spokesman told The Advocate they’re accusing Beckham of simple battery.
  • Beckham also drew headlines after the game when cameras appeared to catch him handing out money to two LSU receivers.
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New Orleans police obtained an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on a battery charge after a viral video showed him smacking a cop’s butt, a police spokesman told Ramon Antonio Vargas and Carlie Kollath Wells of The Advocate.

Beckham was accused of simple battery after a video showed him slapping the butt of an officer who was speaking to LSU guard Damien Lewis during the team’s post-game locker room celebration.

The Tigers celebrated their victory with post-game cigars in the locker room. According to reports after the game, an officer in the locker room had scolded the players for smoking, saying that those partaking in the victory cigars were subject to arrest.

Michael Casagrande from al.com reported that players laughed off the demand, but the officer appeared to be serious about everyone stubbing out their cigars. When another cop tried to allow the team to continue celebrating by smoking the stogies, the original officer insisted on shutting down the unofficial cigar lounge.

According to The Advocate’s report, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome police officer had asked a player to put out his cigar. Just as the player complied with his request, the officer felt someone strike his buttocks with an open hand. The officer “wanted to retaliate by punching the offender,” and considered taking action immediately, but decided against it “due to the jovial atmosphere of the locker room.”

Authorities originally sought a warrant for a misdemeanour sexual battery charge but a judge denied that request.

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

It’s not the only trouble the Browns superstar receiver found himself in on Monday night.

Moments after the confetti fell, cameras seemingly caught Beckham handing money to two LSU wide receivers who are set to enter the NFL Draft this spring. While LSU initially denied that money was real, quarterback Joe Burrow later said it was legitimate, sparking an investigation into the matter.

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