MIAMI (AP) — NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from the plane by police before it took off at Miami International Airport. Police and airline officials said on Sunday that he did not respond to requests to fasten his seat belt and appeared to be unconscious, after officials said.
“Fearing that Mr Beckham was seriously ill and that his condition would worsen during the expected five-hour flight,[the aircrew]sought the assistance of police and firefighters,” Miami-Dade Police said. ‘s Luis Sierra said in a statement Wednesday. Happened at 30:30 on Sunday morning.
“When they tried to wake him up to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be spinning in and out,” the statement said.
American Airlines president Alfredo Garduno confirmed that Flight 1228 to Los Angeles returned to the gate before takeoff.
Other passengers were reboarded and the flight later departed for Los Angeles, Garduno said. He did not immediately answer questions about how many passengers were on the flight.
a Twitter post Appearing to refer to an incident believed to be attributed to Beckham, he said, “Never in my life have I experienced what happened to me,” and misspelled “I saw it all.” Added.
Beckham was “escorted by officers to an unsecured area of the terminal where he made other arrangements,” police said.
Sierra did not immediately answer questions about whether Beckham had been arrested or had been subpoenaed for a criminal offense.
Beckham, 30, has been a free agent and a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver since helping the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl last February. He caught his pass for a touchdown before tearing his knee ligaments in his 23-20 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.
Beckham is reportedly on the verge of returning to the league, and the Dallas Cowboys have said they want to sign him.
Several other teams are expected to pursue Beckham, who has been at the center of controversy in previous stops with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.