Odell Beckham Jr has blamed an “overzealous flight attendant” for the seat belt spat that saw him being removed from his flight by the police.
Law enforcement and fire rescue crews were called to the tarmac after the flight crew, trying to wake Mr Beckham Jr “to fasten his seat belt” became concerned that he might have been “seriously ill”.
According to a statement from the Miami-Dade police, once officers arrived at the scene, “the flight crew asked Mr Beckham Jr several times to exit the aircraft, which he refused”.
The 30-year-old agreed to disembark only after the entire airplane was evacuated.
Meanwhile, later on Sunday, Mr Beckham Jr’s attorney, Daniel Davilier released a statement in which he said that the whole episode was “unnecessary” incident on an “overzealous flight attendant.”
The statement said that prior to takeoff, “Mr Beckham Jr fell asleep with his blanket over his head which is his normal practice for long flights. He was awaken [sic] 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”.
It continued: “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.”