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Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer 70d

Odell Beckham Jr.'s cop-slap case won't be pursued by DA office

NFL, Cleveland Browns, LSU Tigers

Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer facing criminal charges in his native Louisiana.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver was potentially facing a misdemeanor charge of simple battery for slapping the buttocks of a Superdome police officer in the LSU locker room after the Tigers' national championship victory over Clemson on Monday in New Orleans.

However, the officer in question "has decided to drop the charge," the New Orleans police department said Saturday evening. A warrant issued Thursday for Beckham's arrest was rescinded Saturday, as well.

Later Saturday, a spokesman for the Orleans Parish District Attorney said, "Absent a complaining witness, this is not a case our office intends to pursue." 

Video surfaced this week showing Beckham slapping the officer during the locker room celebration. According to records obtained by NOLA.com, the officer had been telling LSU players to put out cigars in the locker room.

No case had been instituted against Beckham because no arrest was made. And since it was not a felony charge, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office was not involved in the decision.

"We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter," the Browns said in a statement issued Thursday. "They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation."

Beckham also was seen on video passing out money to several LSU players immediately after the Tigers' 42-25 victory.

The 27-year-old Beckham is from New Orleans and played for LSU.

The university's athletic department issued a statement Wednesday saying it was aware of video showing "apparent cash" being given to players by Beckham and that it had been in contact with the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference regarding the matter.

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