Daniel Davillier, attorney for NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr., shared his client’s side of an incident in which police escorted him off a plane in Miami after failing to listen to flight attendants who told him to buckle up. seatbelt.
The Miami-Dade Police Department released a statement via NFL Network saying Beckham was «unconscious and unconscious» and that flight attendants feared he was «gravely ill.»
«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(sic), Mr. Beckham was asked several times by the flight crew to get out of the plane, to which he refused.
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«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.»
Davillier has a completely different story, saying instead that Beckham was sleeping and finally buckled up.
«Odell Beckham Jr. boarded a morning flight in Miami without any problem,» Davillier began in a lengthy statement to NFL Network. “The flight was delayed after boarding and before takeoff. Mr Beckham fell asleep with the blanket over his head, which is his usual practice on long flights. [awakened] and said the plane was back at the gate and he needed to get off the plane because he didn’t put on his seatbelt when asked. He replied that he was asleep and that he would put on his seatbelt at that time. He was informed that it was too late and either he would have to get off the plane or everyone would have to get off the plane.
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“The overzealous flight attendant insisted on getting everyone off the plane rather than simply allowing Mr. Beckham to fasten his seatbelt and continue with the flight. [no] time was Mr. Beckham disruptive or combative. He was willing to comply with the seat belt requirement, but the flight attendant wanted to show that she had the authority to remove Mr. Beckham from the flight. The airline proceeded to send Mr. Beckham’s luggage to Los Angeles without him.
«That incident was unnecessary. Sleeping on a plane shouldn’t be grounds for ejection from a flight. If they could wake him up as the flight was returning to the gate, then they could have done the same to ask him to put on his seatbelt.»
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.
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The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are among the teams seeking his services, though Beckham may have met with the Miami Dolphins as well, considering where his flight incident occurred.
Beckham was reportedly scheduled for team meetings after Thanksgiving.
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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.