Body camera footage of Miami-Dade police officers has been released from the incident involving NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was escorted off a flight for failing to respond when attendants allegedly asked him to leave. put on the seat belt.
The video begins with officers boarding American Airlines Flight 1228 from Miami to Los Angeles, proceeding to Beckham’s first-class seat as other passengers looked on as the scene unfolded.
«Sir, can you get up? Can you please get up? Are you okay?» asked an officer.
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Beckham seemed confused at first, but then responded. He said he knew he was in Miami and on a flight, prompting an officer to say: «Sounds good to me.»
It appeared the officers were going to get off the flight until American Airlines flight attendants intervened.
«Do you know how many times we’ve shaken him into putting on his seatbelt?» said a female attendant. Another added that Beckham did not have pants on, but officers saw him wearing them when questioned.
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Still, attendees didn’t think Beckham should take the five-hour flight to Los Angeles in his state, adding that he told one of the other attendees that he had gone out dancing the night before. As the officer is heard saying, it is not his jurisdiction to say who can and cannot fly.
«He’s probably fast asleep,» says an official.
Ultimately, the captain and flight attendants believed Beckham was unfit to fly.
«This is a five-hour flight, you shouldn’t be going with us like this,» added an attendant.
The result was that everyone needed to get off the plane as Beckham got frustrated and didn’t want to get off the flight. Beckham was eventually escorted off the plane by police, but not before he and another passenger had a few words.
«That doesn’t mean anything to me,» Beckham told the other passenger.
«Watching me get off the plane for you. I never would.»
Beckham, who was on the phone at the time of filming, hinted that no one tried to wake him up.
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«My life is screwed up, I’m sorry,» he said. «All you had to do was wake me up.»
The Miami-Dade Police Department issued a statement after news of the incident broke.
«At approximately 9:30 am, Miami-Dade Police Department officers were dispatched to a medical emergency on an American Airlines flight,» police told NFL Network in a statement. «The flight crew were concerned about a passenger (Mr. Odell Beckham), as they tried to wake him up to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be losing consciousness before his departure. Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill and that his condition would worsen during the expected 5-hour flight, attendants called the police and fire brigade.Upon the arrival of the officers, Mr. Beckham was asked several times by the flight crew to get out of the plane, to which he He said no».
«The aircraft was deplaned, at which time officers asked Mr. Beckham to exit the aircraft, which he did without incident. Officers escorted Mr. Beckham to the unsecured area of the terminal where he made other arrangements.»
American Airlines added that the customer failed to follow the instructions of the crew members by refusing to wear a seatbelt and was removed. Clients ended up re-boarding the plan and leaving at 10:54 am
Beckham posted a bunch of tweets presumably in response to what happened.
«Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me…I’ve seen it all…» tweeted.
At the time, it was reported that Beckham was about to go on official visits to find his next potential team. He never ended up signing with a new NFL team as reports on his recovery from ACL surgery had not been completed.
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Beckham tore his ACL during the Super Bowl in February with the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to give Beckham his first career ring. He had a touchdown catch in the game before his injury occurred at SoFi Stadium.