NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who recently signed a $15 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, was accused of putting his hands around a woman’s neck at a Los Angeles nightclub.
According to law enforcement reports obtained by TMZ Sports, an anonymous woman went to police after the athlete allegedly put his hands around her neck. She claimed that Odell “grabbed her throat with light pressure” signifying a choking motion. However, representatives for the 30-year-old responded to these claims saying the accusations are false and their client was never made aware of a police investigation.
Additionally, John Terzian, owner of the club where the incident allegedly occurred, disputed having any problems with Beckham. “We were contacted about an investigation and reviewed the videos, the claim is false,” Terzian told TMZ. “There is no evidence of this person even being in the area where she claims the incident occurred.”
The allegations also come days after the news broke that Beckham Jr. signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth up to $18 million.
The wide receiver began his career in the NFL in 2014 when he was drafted as a first-round pick by the New York Giants. He quickly became a favorite on the field and was even named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year during the 2014 season. From 2019 until 2021, Beckham Jr. played with the Cleveland Browns but was released by the team.
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Following his time with the Browns, he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams and was considered an essential force in their offense. He scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl LVI, helping his team reign victorious over the Cincinnati Bengals. But, he went on to tear his ACL and subsequently remained unsigned through the following season.
Reflecting on Odell Beckham Jr.’s past controversies
This particular allegation is also not the first controversy Beckham Jr. has faced. In fact, he was accused in 2018 of illegally paying a woman for sex and having drugs in his home and almost assaulting a man to death. However, the wide receiver also denied these accusations.
“There’s no police report, no hospital record, no evidence of an actual injury, and he asserts that Odell is responsible,” his attorney David E. Davillier said at the time. “The filing is full of falsehoods and misinformation, and Mr. Beckham’s legal team is fully prepared to vigorously defend against these outlandish and unsubstantiated claims. Mr. Beckham denies any business or other relationship with the plaintiff, and further denies any wrongdoing whatsoever.”
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