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Ex-Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. removed from flight; crew feared he was ‘seriously ill,’ police say – Boston Herald


Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from a flight Sunday morning after sparking concerns he was “seriously ill” and declining to leave the plane, Miami-Dade Police said.

The former Giants wide receiver “appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness” after an American Airlines flight crew tried to wake him so he could fasten his seat belt before departing Miami International Airport, police told the Daily News.

Beckham declined multiple times to leave the plane when asked by the crew, according to police, who were called to the scene for what they described as a medical emergency.

“The aircraft was deplaned, at which time Mr. Beckham was asked by the officers to exit the plane, and did so without incident,” police said. “Mr. Beckham was escorted to the non-secure area of the terminal by the officers where he made other arrangements.”

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m., with crew members expressing concern Beckham’s health would become worse during a five-hour flight to Los Angeles.

The flight departed at 10:54 a.m., said American Airlines, which added the plane returned to its gate due to “a customer failing to follow crew member instructions and refusing to fasten their seat belt.”

The 30-year-old Beckham, who is currently an NFL free agent, appeared to reference the incident in a series of cryptic tweets Sunday.

“Never in my life have I experienced what just happened to me,” Beckham wrote. “I’ve seen it all.”

“I COULD NEVER MAKE THIS UP,” Beckham added, along with another post reading, “comedy hr.”

The Louisiana-born Beckham spent his first five NFL seasons with the Giants, recording 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns from 2014 to 2018 and making three Pro Bowls.

A first-round draft pick out of Louisiana State University, Beckham was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2014 — a season highlighted by his acrobatic, one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys.

Beckham also played for the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, with whom he won his first Super Bowl title earlier this year. He scored a touchdown in that game but tore the ACL in his left knee shortly afterward, marking the second consecutive season he suffered the injury.

Beckham is likely to sign soon with an NFL team for the remainder of the 2022 season, with the 7-4 Giants expected to meet with the star this week.

“Obviously he knows that we want him here,” Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, a close friend and former teammate of Beckham, told the Daily News last week. “He would love to be here. But everything has to play out for that to happen.

“There’s a whole bunch of intangibles that have to play out for him to be here,” said Shepard, who is out for the 2022 season with a knee injury. “And I understand that. This is a business, and his business has gotta be right for him to do it.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and several of the team’s players publicly campaigned for Beckham to sign with 8-3 Dallas, who beat the Giants in a Thanksgiving game dubbed by fans as the “Odell Bowl.”

The Buffalo Bills are also considered a contender to sign Beckham.



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