Police escorted football star Odell Beckham Jr. off an American Airlines flight to Florida on Sunday morning after crew members who tried to wake him before departure became concerned because he “appeared in and out of consciousness,” officials said.
Beckham, a Super Bowl-winning wide receiver, is expected to start visiting teams he could sign with as a free agent on Thursday. He recently played for the Los Angeles Rams.
Miami-Dade Police responded to American Airlines Flight 1228 in Miami, bound for Los Angeles, at approximately 9:30 a.m. after flight attendants called for help fearing Beckham was ill and “his condition worsens during the 5 hours scheduled flight. “said the police.
“Upon the officers’ arrival, the flight crew repeatedly asked Mr. Beckham to exit the aircraft, which he refused,” police said in a statement. “The aircraft was disembarked, at which time Mr Beckham was asked by officers to exit the aircraft, and did so without incident.”
Beckham said on Twitter on Sunday morning: “Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me…I’ve seen it all..”
“Never. In. My. Life,” he added.
I could NEVER make this up,” he later wrote. “comedy h.”
It is unclear if Beckham was referring to the incident on the plane. Representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, American Airlines said the Los Angeles-bound plane “returned to the gate before takeoff because a customer failed to follow instructions from crew members and refused to strap his seat belt” before finally taking off at 10:54 a.m.
Beckham, a free agent, is expected to visit the New York Giants, where he played from 2014-2018, on Thursday and Friday, then visit the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, according to the NFL. He also plans to visit the Buffalo Bills at some point, he reported.
Football fans are waiting to see where Beckham will play next. There is also speculation about how he is healing after tearing an ACL in mid-February, the same one he tore 16 months earlier.