Odell Beckham Jr.’s Lawyer Tells the ‘unnecessary’ Miami Plane Incident From the Free Agent’s Point of View
Odell Beckham Jr.’s lawyer, Daniel Davillier, shared his client’s perspective on an incident in which he was escorted off a plane in Miami by police after failing to listen to flight attendants who told him to fasten his seat belt.
According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Beckham was “in and out of consciousness” and the flight attendants feared he was “seriously ill.”
“At about 9:30 a.m., officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department were dispatched to a medical emergency on an American Airlines flight,” police said in a statement to NFL Network. “The flight crew was concerned about a passenger (Mr. Odell Beckham) who appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness as they tried to wake him to fasten his seat belt prior to their departure.
The flight attendants requested police and fire rescue because they were concerned that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill and that his condition would worsen during the expected 5-hour flight. When the officers (sic) arrived, the flight crew repeatedly asked Mr. Beckham to exit the aircraft, which he refused.”
“As the plane deplaned, the officers asked Mr. Beckham to exit the plane, which he did without incident.” Officers escorted Mr. Beckham to the terminal’s non-secure area, where he made other arrangements.”
Davillier tells a different story, claiming that Beckham was sleeping and did eventually fasten his seat belt.
“Odell Beckham Jr. boarded an early morning flight in Miami without incident,” Davillier said in a lengthy statement to NFL Network. “The flight was delayed both after boarding and before takeoff.”
Mr. Beckham dozed off with his blanket over his head, as is his custom on long flights. He was [awakened] and informed that the plane had returned to the gate and that he needed to exit the plane because he had failed to fasten his seatbelt when asked.
He replied that he was asleep and would fasten his seatbelt at that time. He was informed that it was too late and that either he or everyone on the plane would have to deplane.
“Instead of simply allowing Mr. Beckham to fasten his seatbelt and continue the flight, the overzealous flight attendant insisted on removing everyone from the plane. Mr. Beckham was never disruptive or combative.
He was willing to wear his seatbelt, but the flight attendant wanted to show that he had the authority to remove Mr. Beckham from the flight. Mr. Beckham’s luggage was sent to Los Angeles without him by the airline.
“That was an unnecessary incident. Sleeping on a plane should not result in ejection from a flight. If they could have woken him up when the plane returned to the gate, they could have done the same to ask him to fasten his seatbelt.”
Beckham responded with a slew of tweets, presumably in response to what happened.
“I’ve never experienced anything like what happened to me… I’ve seen everything “He tweeted about it.
“I COULD NEVER MAKE UP THIS.”
He continued: “‘comedy hour’
😂 comedy hr.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) November 27, 2022
This isn’t the best news for Beckham, who has reportedly been meeting with teams to determine who will offer him the best deal. However, it does not appear that Beckham is being charged in this case.
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are among the teams interested in Beckham, though given where his flight incident occurred, it’s possible he met with the Miami Dolphins as well.
Beckham was reportedly scheduled to attend team meetings following Thanksgiving.
Beckham had been recovering from an ACL tear suffered in February while playing for the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to earn Beckham his first career ring. Prior to his injury at SoFi Stadium, he had a touchdown catch in the game.