The NFL’s most intriguing free agent, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., had an incident on a flight from Miami that led to him being escorted off the plane by police.
Beckham was on American Airlines Flight 1228 with service from Miami to Los Angeles when flight attendants allegedly asked him to put on his seatbelt and noticed him drifting in and out. Beckham would not wear a seatbelt, said a statement from American Airlines via NFL Network.
Believing he had a medical condition, police said the wide receiver was asked to leave the flight, which he refused. The plane ended up returning to the gate, where all the passengers disembarked before police escorted Beckham away.
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«At approximately 9:30 am, Miami-Dade Police Department officers were dispatched to a medical emergency on an American Airlines flight,» police told NFL Network in a statement. «The flight crew were concerned about a passenger (Mr. Odell Beckham), while they were trying to wake him up to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be losing consciousness before his departure. Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill, and that his condition would worsen during the expected 5-hour flight, the attendants called the police and fire brigade.Upon the arrival of the officers, the flight crew asked Mr. Beckham several times to get out of the plane, to which which he refused.
«The aircraft was deplaned, at which time officers asked Mr. Beckham to exit the aircraft, which he did without incident. Officers escorted Mr. Beckham to the unsecured area of the terminal where he made other arrangements.»
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Beckham posted a bunch of tweets presumably in response to what happened.
«Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me…I’ve seen it all…» tweeted.
«I COULD NEVER MAKE THIS UP.»
He added: ‘comedy hr’
This isn’t the best news for Beckham, who has reportedly been meeting with teams to find out who will have the best deal for him to sign. However, it doesn’t appear that Beckham is being accused of anything in this situation.
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants were among the teams seeking his services, though it’s possible Beckham also met with the Miami Dolphins considering where his flight incident occurred.
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Beckham was reportedly scheduled for team meetings after Thanksgiving.
The Cowboys have been at the forefront of recruiting the polarizing wide receiver, with defensive studs Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence tweeting for him to go to Dallas. Of course, there are the connections Beckham already has on the Giants with Saquon Barkley & Co.
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Beckham had been recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the Super Bowl in February with the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to give Beckham his first career ring. He had a touchdown catch in the game before his injury occurred at SoFi Stadium.