Odell Beckham Jr was kicked off a plane in Miami that was bound for Los Angeles on Sunday after the police were called on a medical emergency where he was reportedly ‘drifting in and out of consciousness’.
The flight was scheduled to take off at 9:30am from Miami but was delayed for nearly an hour and 30 minutes before departing on the busiest weekend of the year after Thanksgiving. Passengers were forced off the plane after Beckham refused to leave at the request of the police.
Beckham, meanwhile, tweeted on Sunday: ‘Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me… I’ve seen it alll..’
He then tweeted ‘Never. In. My. Life’ and ‘I COULD NEVER MAKE THIS UP’.
Footage also surfaced of Beckham Jr appearing to be escorted by police to the ticketing area of the airport in Miami.
The person who filmed Beckham Jr being escorted through the airport replied to another tweet of his, which said ‘comedy hour’, with: ‘Forcing us off the plane because you were unresponsive and unruly is not comedy to the hundreds of folks trying to get home dude Not cool man.’
Odell Beckham Jr was kicked off a plane that was set to leave Miami for Los Angeles on Sunday morning after police were alerted to a medical emergency
Police were called by concerned flight attendants on Sunday after the 30-year-old Beckham was reportedly ‘coming in and out of consciousness’
He was filmed being escorted off the plane by passengers – many were upset at Beckham for his behavior delaying the flight on the busiest weekend of the year
Another person claiming to be on the flight wrote on Twitter: ‘I was on this flight he wasn’t unresponsive he was SLEEP.
‘They tried to wake him up to put on his seat belt a couple times then they got aggressively rude with him and he responded with the same energy GTFOH.’
A police statement said: ‘At approximately 9:30 am, officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department, were dispatched to a medical emergency at an American Airlines flight.
‘The flight crew was concerned for a passenger (Mr. Odell Beckham), as they tried to wake him to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness, prior to their departure.
‘Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill, and that his condition would worsen through the expected 5 hour flight, the attendants called for police and fire rescue.
‘Upon the officers arrival, the flight crew asked Mr. Beckham several times to exit the aircraft, which he refused. The aircraft was deplaned, at which time Mr. Beckham was asked by the officers to exit the plane, and did so without incident.
‘Mr. Beckham was escorted to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements.’
An American Airlines statement added: ‘American Airlines flight 1228, with service from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX), returned to the gate before takeoff due to a customer failing to follow crew member instructions and refusing to fasten their seatbelt.
‘The customer was removed and the flight re-departed at 10:54 am local time.’
NFL star Beckham, 30, is a free agent and is in the final stages of recovering from an ACL injury sustained when he was playing for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl in February. The Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 at the SoFi stadium.
The 30-year-old NFL star Beckham is a free agent while he recovers from a knee injury after playing for Rams last season
He injured his knee in the Super Bowl against Cincinnati Bengals back in February – his LA team won 23-20
Beckham Jr also starred at the New York Giants and has been linked with a sensational return to the team later this year
He has been linked with signing for a number of teams and earlier this week the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was talking up the prospect of Beckham joining.
Odell could help us. I believe that right now,’ Jones told reporters. ‘Now, we got to make it fit. That’s the challenge.
‘I think just the general way we make this fit. All of that, availability is huge, but the financial part is really huge, too.’
Beckham JR, who has also played for the Giants and the Browns, had up to now been expected to sign for a team by the end of November. The Giants have also been strongly linked with signing Beckham once again.
Beckham Jr is the son of two former LSU stars with his father playing as a running back on the football team between 1989-1992, while his mother won three national relay championships with the Baton Rouge school.
The former Giants receiver started his career in historic fashion and looked destined for a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Although injury, poor quarterback play and controversy have contributed to an inconsistent career since the 2017 season. Beckham entered the league in 2014 and set numerous NFL and Giants franchise records.
There have been moments of madness throughout however, not least his infamous on-field war with then-Carolina defensive back Josh Norman in December 2015.
The following season, Beckham took out a kicking net, swinging his helmet in a rage before it fell back onto himself.
Comically, the next month Beckham made amends, proposing to the net following a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. He wasn’t done there, proposing against the Ravens in the aftermath of a game-winning catch.
Perhaps he is most remembered in New York for his one-handed grab vs. Dallas, although a close second could be the infamous ‘boat photo’ — in which Giants receivers traveled to Miami before a playoff game on the frozen tundra in Green Bay.
Beckham and most of the receivers were shirtless in what ultimately was a very bad look given his and the team’s poor performance in the January 2017 loss at Lambeau Field. New York’s then No.13 produced a provocative celebration in September 2017 after a touchdown vs. Philadelphia. Beckham got down on all fours before mimicking a dog urinating on the field.
Beckham was traded from the Big Apple to the Cleveland Browns in March 2019 for a first and third-round pick, in addition to an exchange of various players. During his first game for the Browns, he wore a Richard Mille watch, said to be worth $190,000 while playing.