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Newell: Odell Beckham, Jr the gift that keeps giving in a bad way

Newell Normand
January 17, 2020 - 1:02 pm

The LSU Tigers won the National Championship 42-25 Monday night, and this gift just keeps giving in increasingly strange ways. First reports emerge that Odell Beckham, Jr is handing out cash after the game, and now an arrest warrant has been issued after a video shows the former LSU star butt-slapping a security guard in the LSU locker room. Newell invited WWL News Director Dave Cohen onto the program to discuss.

“This is beginning of Butt-gate,” Newell began, “You have to laugh to keep from crying. This is a gift that’s giving in the wrong way!”

“It’s obvious from the video,” Cohen said, “You can see very clearly, that after the Superdome police officer enters the LSU locker room and confronts players who are smoking cigars about the fact that’s against policy, and they’re not allowed to do that, that OBJ is clearly seen on the video spanking, slapping the officer on the buttocks. NOPD now confirms that they’ve obtained a misdemeanor arrest warrant for simple battery. Several legal experts say that’s unusual, that in a simple battery case, you seek an arrest warrant instead of a misdemeanor summons to Municipal Court.”

Newell, who has 40 years experience in law enforcement, suggested that “They may have information that he’s out of the area, out of town, so that’s probably why. They don’t have access to him, so they can’t issue a summons to him. I don’t think there’s anything nefarious as it relates to that.”

“Some people are wondering, is that overkill for a misdemeanor, and would that happen under other circumstances if this wasn’t a police officer?” Cohen replied. “Nevertheless, OBJ has confirmed, we understand, that he knows there is a warrant out for his arrest. Also, the Cleveland Browns have acknowledged that they have reached out to OBJ. He is still under contract, even though reports suggest he doesn’t want to be anymore. The Browns say they’ve communicated with OBJ and his representatives and they expect him to cooperate with NOPD.”

“At the end of the day, it’s become blatantly obvious to me,” Newell said, “That you always have to keep your eye on the ball when you’re managing an organization, at all times! Even when you win the National Championship, because stuff like this will happen… it’s a shame. I mean, look, young men will be young men. How many times do you get to win a National Championship? You may do some silly stuff in a celebratory fashion. You may let some stuff go by, but in this video world we live in today, where nothing goes unpublished.. It’s really a shame, you really feel bad for everyone on the team, everyone that helped the team. You don’t want to see this.”

“Right,” Cohen agreed. “You don’t want controversy at a time when everyone is so happy. Here’s a team that’s gone to Washington DC, to the White House to be honored by the President of the United States, Saturday there is a parade in their honor… this is a time that should celebratory, but now we’re talking about investigations into the handing out of cash, about a former player spanking a police officer. You want to be talking about how great this team is and how wonderful it is to bring home this title.”

“And this is someone that didn’t really bring anything to the table by being in the locker room - he really didn’t need to be in there!” Newell said.

Cohen continued, “Well, a number of former players on the sideline and in the locker room but none have garnered this much attention and you have to wonder now, are they considering, should they let these former players and alumni on the sideline for big games like this? Is it helpful? Does it motivate the team, or is it something unnecessary that can only lead to trouble?”

A lot of callers and text messages sent to WWL this week suggested this was all much ado about nothing, and that NOPD either should not have issued the warrant, or the officer shouldn’t have made the complaint.

“Newell, as a former Sheriff, correct me if I’m wrong, if the police are given visual evidence and a complaint is filed, do they have any choice but to pursue this?” Cohen asked.

“No! Their hands are tied. It doesn’t matter that it’s Odell Beckham Jr. You have the complaint, you have the evidence, you have to make an arrest!” came the answer. “Look, if I was that officer and he ultimately apologized to me, I’d call it six of one, half a dozen the other.”

Listen to the entire segment in the audio player below.

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