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
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. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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.
OBJ wasn’t gonna let that officer spoil the fun.. told him to get the gat. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/sWoWj53r42 — 🕊 (@wannabjoyful) January 14, 2020
According to The Advocate's report, authorities originally sought a warrant for a misdemeanor sexual battery charge but a judge denied that request. 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. "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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The Cleveland Browns were expected to take a big leap in 2019, but the season turned...The Cleveland Browns were expected to take a big leap in 2019, but the season turned into a disaster, with the team going 6-10. After the season, they fired head coach Freddie Kitchens and GM John Dorsey. Reports have since shown that things were a mess all along, with assistants expressing skepticism about Kitchens, and players telling other teams to trade for them. The Browns ownership is now leading the search for a new coach and GM, but there is reason to be skeptical that they will get this hire right. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Before the start of the 2019 NFL season, many predicted the Cleveland Browns to be among the league's better teams, perhaps contending for the AFC North and a playoff berth. Those predictions proved ill-fated. The Browns went 6-10, did not make the playoffs, and struggled in ways that have historically been typical of the Browns. Their first-year head coach seemed overwhelmed, their second-year star quarterback regressed, their star receiver wanted out, and their cornerstone defensive piece got suspended indefinitely. That is, to name just a few. The result was the firing of head coach Freddie Kitchens after just one year and the removal of GM John Dorsey after only two years. Entering the 2020s, the most hapless team of the previous decade is once again looking for a GM and head coach and starting from scratch. While the roster Dorsey helped assemble had plenty of on-field talent that led to the increased expectations, it seems as if, all along, there were red flags about what was to come. Concerns about Kitchens' hiring According to multiple reports, during the Browns' head-coaching search last year, Dorsey ultimately landed on Kitchens, the interim offensive coordinator who helped oversee Baker Mayfield's strong finish to his rookie year. Executive Vice President John DePodesta, however, landed on Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. Dorsey got his way and hired Kitchens. According to Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com, "some former assistants expressed sour grapes about Kitchens and questioned his influence on the offense in 2018." Questions about Kitchens' play-calling proved to be justified. The Browns finished the season 20th in offensive DVOA and were 22nd in total offensive yards and points. Things got so bad that Kitchens' staff was actively undermining him. According to The Athletic's Zac Jackson, late in the season, offensive coordinator Todd Monken would tell opponents before games that the offense was a "total mess" and that Kitchens' play-calling veered away from what the team planned during the week. After the fight between the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, some blamed Kitchens for lack of accountability and discipline across the roster. The Browns were among the league leaders in penalties this season. A larger mess The trade for Odell Beckham Jr. was the highlight of the offseason and part of the optimism for the Browns' 2019 season. It's important to note, however, that Beckham did not request a trade from the New York Giants and did not specifically request a move to the Browns. During the 2019 season, Yahoo's Charles Robinson and Fox' Jay Glazer reported that Beckham told opposing players that he wanted to leave the Browns. Video then emerged in which Beckham appeared to tell 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo he wanted to play with him. Other Browns players reportedly followed Beckham's suit. NFL Network's Mike Silver reported that during a Week 15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, several Browns players were yelling to the Cardinals to trade for them. It was revealed late in the season that Beckham was playing through a sports hernia. The ongoing injury led Mayfield to criticize the team's training staff for how the handled it, comments that Mayfield later walked back. None of it paints a flattering picture for the program that Dorsey built, even if he had acquired talent on the roster. And it sounds as if things could have been different if Dorsey wasn't there. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — currently a candidate for the Browns' head coach job — would have been interested in the position if Dorsey wasn't there. According to Cabot, McDaniels "knows how vital the coach-GM relationship is, and will likely want to work with his own guy." Skepticism about the next search for coach and GM Browns owner Jimmy Haslam held a press conference on Thursday to discuss the team's search for a new head coach and GM. Haslam revealed that Browns ownership will lead the search for a next coach and that DePodesta will handle the actual process. That group could give Browns fans pause about the While Dorsey and Kitchens deserve blame for the 2019 season, the Haslams are also a constant in the Browns' woes. Since the Haslams bought the team in 2012, they have gone through five head coaches and five GMs. "We realize we've had a tremendous amount of change since we bought the team. We accept responsibility," Haslam told reporters. "At the same time, we'll be more determined than ever to get it right for the Browns, the players, and the great fans of the Cleveland Browns." DePodesta has also been present for three head coaches and two GM changes. DePodesta got his start in baseball, joining the Browns in 2016, and lives in San Diego full-time, coming to Cleveland "a few days a week," according to Cabot. Haslam said that the Browns would hire a coach first, then a GM in concert with that coach. The move may be an attempt to persuade McDaniels, who reportedly would be interested in bringing one of the Patriots' personnel employees with him. How will a new coach and GM want to shape the roster? Will they try to acquire more talent to accommodate the players they have there, or will they want to move players in an attempt to reshape the culture? Those questions and answers are still down the road, but the Browns, the most promising team of 2019, appear to have taken several steps backward again. 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Jermaine Whitehead says telling a fan to kill himself was 'totally out of character' in an apology after being cut from the Cleveland Browns
NFL safety Jermaine Whitehead apologized Tuesday morning for sending a series of threatening tweets. Whitehead, who...NFL safety Jermaine Whitehead apologized Tuesday morning for sending a series of threatening tweets. Whitehead, who was cut from the Cleveland Browns on Monday morning, had responded to tweets criticizing his performance following the Browns' 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Many of the tweets were threatening, and in one he threatened to kill a fan. Whitehead said in an Instagram post that the tweets were "totally out of character" and that he was "deeply regretful." The Browns issued a statement on Sunday calling the tweets "totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NFL safety Jermaine Whitehead has apologized after he was cut from the Cleveland Browns for sending a series of threatening tweets to fans who had criticized his performance. Brown said in an Instagram post shared Tuesday morning that the tweets he posted on Sunday, in which he threatened to kill one fan, were "totally out of character." "I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions following our game with Denver. That was totally out of character for me," Whitehead said. "I do not justify my actions, but was extremely frustrated with the way I had played and our team losing because of it. I was playing with a broken hand, but that is no excuse for my actions, and I am deeply regretful." Whitehead had previously issued another apology that was later deleted. That post apologized for his performance, but not the tweets. The tweets were posted after the Browns' 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. His Twitter account was suspended before he left the locker room on Sunday night, ESPN reported. 🙏🏾 I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions following our game with Denver. That was totally out of character for me. I do not justify my actions, but was extremely frustrated with the way I had played and our team losing because of it. I was playing with a broken hand, but that is no excuse for my actions, and I am deeply regretful. I want to personally apologize to anyone who I offended, especially those who I was responsive to on Twitter. My choice of words did not reflect who I am, but only what I was feeling. Also, my sincerest apologies to my teammates, coaches, the Browns organization and most of all, the fans and kids that motivate me to even pursue this dream. Again I am deeply sorry for my unacceptable behavior, and I wish the Browns the best of luck in the future. I love you! A post shared by Jermaine Whitehead (@j2whitehead) on Nov 5, 2019 at 4:56am PST on Nov 5, 2019 at 4:56am PST Whitehead was cut from the Browns and the team called his behavior "totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate." He was placed on waivers on Monday morning. "Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the team said in a statement. "We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments. The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This matter will be further addressed internally." Read more: A cat that ran onto the field during 'Monday Night Football' got a flawless play-by-play call as it ran into the end zone for a touchdown Twitter had a field day ripping apart a photo of a solemn Baker Mayfield that encapsulated the Browns' disappointing season Texan's Deshaun Watson credited Popeyes' spicy chicken sandwich for his ability to play through a nasty eye injury A Jaguars player was penalized for leading with his helmet on a tackle where he completely missed the opponent Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know
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