New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his team of professionals vehemently deny the recent assault allegations brought forth.
The end of another week brings another bizarre story involving Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Giants‘ superstar wide receiver again finds himself at the center of an unusual situation as a man has sued Beckham for $15 million. The man, identified as Ishmael Temple, claims he was severely beaten by Beckham’s security team during a January visit to the receiver’s home.
In a report published by TMZ, Temple, who says he is a friend of Beckham’s, was threatened with a gun by Beckham’s bodyguard, Charles Puryear. Ishmael relayed the incident to Beckham who allegedly laughed the incident off. Twenty minutes later, Temple claims he was attacked by Puryear and another man, knocking him out and injuring his knee, lip and ear, as well as chipping two front teeth.
Temple insists that Beckham did nothing to stop the beating and that the incident stemmed from a previous visit to Beckham’s house when he got into a verbal confrontation with the receiver’s security team.
Temple, a Hollywood event organizer, claims he has been blacklisted since the fight, which partially led to his lawsuit. Police charges were not filed.
Daniel Davillier, Beckham’s New Orleans-based attorney, released a statement on Friday night, posted in full by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“This is getting old. 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,” the statement partially reads.. “Mr. Beckham denies any business or other relationship with plaintiff, and further denies any wrongdoing whatsoever.”
The statement goes on to call Temple’s suit “frivolous,” noting a lack of police report, hospital records or evidence of actual injuries.
Frivolous as it may be, this situation is another twist in what’s been anything but an offseason for Beckham.
Two weeks ago, Beckham appeared in a brief Instagram video posted by French model Laura Cuenca, which depicted the receiver in bed with what appeared to a brown cigarette and white powder. Cuenca told the New York Post that Beckham did not consume any drugs and the supposed cigarette was actually a slice of pizza. One week later, the New York Daily News reported that Beckham was involved in a fight in an Atlanta nightclub, but this report was later debunked.
On Thursday, Beckham took to Instagram for a post Giants fans will surely appreciate, showcasing a pair of photos of himself taking off running. He’s currently set to return to the field after an injury-marred 2017 season which limited him to four games.