Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from a flight at Miami International Airport on Sunday after police said the free agent wide receiver was “conscious and unconscious” and refused to exit the plane when asked.
Beckham’s attorney Daniel Davillier denied this account, saying his client was asleep and the incident was the result of an “overzealous flight attendant”.
According to a statement from the Miami-Dade Police Department, officers were called to the airport for a medical emergency after the flight crew expressed concern that Beckham was critically ill.
“The flight crew was concerned about a passenger [Mr. Odell Beckham], when they tried to wake him to buckle up, he appeared to pass out before they left,” the police statement said. “Fearing that Mr Beckham was seriously ill and that his condition would make the expected 5-hour flight worse, flight attendants called the police and fire brigade. Upon the officers’ arrival, the flight crew repeatedly asked Mr Beckham to get off the plane, which he refused.”
Police said the plane had been evacuated and Beckham eventually got off the plane when questioned by officers.
Later on Sunday, Davillier released a statement saying the entire incident was “entirely unnecessary”.
“Mr. At no point was Beckham disruptive or combative,” Davillier said. “He was willing to comply with the seatbelt requirement, but the flight attendant wanted to prove he had the authority to have Mr Beckham removed from the flight.”
Beckham also appeared to address the incident in a series of tweets Sunday morning. Write“Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me … I saw everything …” and called the situation “comedy Mr.”
American Airlines, which operated the Miami-Los Angeles flight, said in a statement that the plane returned to the gate because “a customer failed to follow crew members’ instructions and refused to buckle up.” The flight took off almost two hours after the originally scheduled time.
Police said Beckham took other precautions after he was removed from the flight. He was not arrested in the incident.
Carlos Gauna, a business class passenger, told The Associated Press that he recognized Beckham before boarding the plane and later used his Cell phone camera to record it go through the airport terminal with the police. He said Beckham was in first grade.
“He just walked quietly. The police escorted him out,” Gauna said, adding that the flight was full and he heard “grumbling” from other passengers.
Gauna said the plane was taxiing for takeoff as the captain announced that “a one-passenger situation” required a return to the terminal. Gauna said an ambulance arrived and paramedics boarded the plane and spoke to Beckham before police removed him.
Beckham, who has not played this season while recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained in last season’s Super Bowl, was scheduled to meet with teams this week ahead of a potential signing.
The Dallas Cowboys are believed to be the front runners in signing Beckham, with the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers also joining.
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