DEFENSE: OBJ’s Attorney Claims Airplane Incident Is Due To A Misunderstanding
Free agent wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., was recently kicked off of a flight on Sunday after he was spotted allegedly slipping “in and out of consciousness,” according to a flight attendant.
However, Beckham’s attorney Daniel Davilier issued a statement claiming that his client was simply asleep and that the situation spiraled out of control because of an overreactive flight attendant who feared for Beckham’s health.
“Earlier today, Odell Beckham Jr. boarded a morning flight in Miami without any problems. The flight was delayed after boarding and prior to take off, Mr. Beckham fell asleep with his blanket over his head, which is normal practice for long flights,” Beckham’s attorney explained. “He was awoken and told that the plane was back at the gate and that he needed to get off the plane because he did not put his seatbelt on when asked. He responded that he was asleep, and that he would put his seatbelt on at that time. He was informed that it was too late, and that either he would have to get off the plane or everyone would have to deplane.”
Beckham and the rest of the passengers were subsequently removed from the flight. The free agent receiver complied and reportedly was escorted out without incident. Beckham was able to make other arrangements, and no legal issues (such as citations or arrests) resulted. While he was able to avoid a legal battle with American Airlines, Beckham is still sparring with Nike over the terms of his contract.
Davillier filed a $20 million lawsuit against Nike on behalf of his client. The 2021-22 Super Bowl Champion is claiming he lost out on millions due to the five-year extension he agreed to with Nike. The way that the deal was structured allegedly made earning valuable extensions impossible, Beckham says.
Beckham released a statement on his official Twitter account.
“Being a Nike Athlete and Brand Icon was a dream I’ve had since being a young boy. I wanted to be the next Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant in the Nike Family. When Nike exercised its right of first refusal to match the Adidas offer and not only kept me as a Nike Athlete, but also made me one of their Brand Icons—my dream had been fulfilled.”
Beckham was recently cleared to return to football after suffering an ACL injury in last season’s Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, multiple teams have expressed interest in signing Beckham, including the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott publicly stated that he has been in contact with Beckham and has made aggressive attempts to recruit him.
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