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Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. after locker room celebration with LSU players

Key Points
  • NOPD obtained an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. following the LSU championship victory.
  • The warrant is related to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, the NOPD confirmed to CNBC.
  • The warrant comes after a video circulated on social media that appeared to show Beckham striking the backside of a guard in the locker room.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates after the LSU Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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The New Orleans Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. following an alleged incident with a security guard after the Louisiana State University championship victory.

The warrant for the Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former LSU player is related to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, the NOPD confirmed to CNBC on Thursday.

Following LSU's victory in the national championship on Monday, Beckham celebrated with the team's players in their locker room. The warrant comes after a video circulated on social media that appeared to show Beckham striking the backside of a guard in the locker room.

"We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter," a Cleveland Browns spokesman said. "They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation."

The top-ranked Louisiana State Tigers defeated No. 3 Clemson by 42-25 in Monday night's college football playoff final.

The warrant follows another controversy caused when a video circulated from the same night that appeared to show Beckham distributing cash to players on the field after the game. LSU initially said it was fake money, but has since walked back that statement.

NCAA rules strictly prohibit college players from accepting any money before going professional.

"We are aware of the situation regarding Odell Beckham Jr. interacting with LSU student-athletes and others unaffiliated with the team following the championship game Monday night," LSU said in a statement Wednesday. The team said initial reports suggested Beckham was handing out "novelty bills," but the footage reviewed since then shows it was likely cash. "We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position."

CNBC's Jessica Golden contributed to this article.

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