NFL free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was kicked off an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles on Sunday morning at Miami International Airport after refusing to comply with protocol security, according to a statement from the Miami-Dade Police Department.
In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WVSN, Miami-Dade police said officers were dispatched when American Airlines flight crew became concerned for Beckham’s well-being after he did not respond to requests to fasten his seat belt.
Crew members said Beckham “appeared to go in and out of consciousness”, according to police, who said they were first called to the plane for a “medical emergency”.
Beckham refused to leave the plane when police and firefighters arrived, police said.
According to the police, the plane was then disembarked. Beckham then complied without incident with the officers’ requests to exit the aircraft.
“American Airlines Flight 1228, with service from Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX), returned to the gate before takeoff because a customer did not follow crew member instructions and refused to fasten their seat belt. The customer was removed and the flight departed at 10:54 a.m. local time,” American Airlines said in a statement obtained by CNN.
Beckham is currently a free agent as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a knee injury sustained in Super Bowl LVI as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in February. Beckham had a touchdown in the Rams’ game-winning effort against the Cincinnati Bengals in that game.
No charges were filed in the incident and after being escorted by officers to the unsecured area of the terminal on Sunday morning, Beckham then “made alternate arrangements”, according to police.
Beckham was spotted in Miami sitting courtside during the Miami Heat-Washington Wizards game on Wednesday night, according to video posted on the official NBA Twitter account.
CNN reached out to Beckham’s rep for comment Sunday afternoon.