Odell Beckham Jr. was faraway from a flight Sunday morning after sparking issues he was “seriously ill” and declining to depart the aircraft, Miami-Dade police mentioned — although the previous Giants extensive receiver strongly disputed their account.
Beckham “appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness” after an American Airlines flight crew tried to wake him so he might fasten his seat belt earlier than departing Miami International Airport, police advised the Daily News.
Beckham declined a number of occasions to depart the aircraft when requested by the crew, based on police, who have been referred to as to the scene for what they described as a medical emergency.
“The aircraft was deplaned, at which time Mr. Beckham was asked by the officers to exit the plane, and did so without incident,” police mentioned. “Mr. Beckham was escorted to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements.”
The incident occurred round 9:30 a.m., with crew members expressing concern Beckham’s well being would change into worse throughout a five-hour flight to Los Angeles.
A lawyer for Beckham rejected that account and blamed the incident on “an overzealous flight attendant.”
Attorney Daniel Davillier mentioned Beckham fell asleep “with his blanket over his head” on the aircraft, “which is his normal practice for long flights.” He was then advised he wanted to get off as a result of he hadn’t buckled his seatbelt, the lawyer added. When Beckham supplied to place his belt on, “He was informed that it was too late, and that either he would have to get off the plane or everyone would have to deplane.”
“At no time was Mr Beckham disruptive or combative,” Davillier mentioned in a press release to The News. “He was prepared to adjust to the seatbelt requirement, however the flight attendant wished to show that he had the authority to have Mr. Beckham faraway from the flight.
“This incident was completely unnecessary,” he added, noting that Beckham’s baggage was despatched to L.A. with out him. “Sleeping on a plane should not be a cause for removal from a flight. If they could wake him up when the flight returned to the gate, then they could have done the same thing and woken him up to ask him to put on his seatbelt.”
The flight ultimately departed at 10:54 a.m., mentioned American Airlines.
The 30-year-old Beckham, who’s presently an NFL free agent, referenced the incident in a collection of tweets Sunday.
“Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me,” Beckham wrote. “I’ve seen it all.”
“I COULD NEVER MAKE THIS UP,” Beckham added, together with one other submit studying, “comedy hr.”
The Louisiana-born Beckham spent his first 5 NFL seasons with the Giants, recording 390 receptions for five,476 yards and 44 touchdowns from 2014 to 2018 and making three Pro Bowls.
A primary-round draft pick of Louisiana State University, Beckham was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the yr in 2014 — a season highlighted by his acrobatic, one-handed catch in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham additionally performed for the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, with whom he gained his first Super Bowl title earlier this yr. He scored a landing in that recreation however tore the ACL in his left knee shortly afterward, marking the second consecutive season he suffered the damage.
Beckham is more likely to signal quickly with an NFL crew for the rest of the 2022 season, with the 7-4 Giants anticipated to fulfill with the star this week.
“Obviously he knows that we want him here,” Giants extensive receiver Sterling Shepard, a detailed good friend and former teammate of Beckham, advised The News final week. “He would like to be right here. But all the things has to play out for that to occur.
Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones and several other of the crew’s gamers publicly campaigned for Beckham to signal with 8-3 Dallas.
The Buffalo Bills are additionally thought of a contender to signal Beckham.