Odell Beckham hands out cash to LSU players, and LSU quickly claims it was fake

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In post-truth America, the motto E pluribus unum has been replaced with That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

LSU’s story in the aftermath of a viral video showing Browns receiver (and former LSU standout) Odell Beckham Jr. handing out cash to LSU players after Monday night’s national championship victory over Clemson is that the money was fake.

It’s a predictable claim, because as to any players who won’t be leaving for the NFL, this is the kind of thing that could affect their eligibility for 2020. And if it’s to be believed, Beckham was rewarding kids who delivered a national title with money that he knew was phony — and they didn’t?

“That’s really funny,” they surely thought when they realized they’d gotten Schrutebucks instead of legal tender.

The money looks real in the video. But since there’s no way of proving that it was, there’s really nothing the NCAA can do. It has no jurisdiction over Beckham, so it can’t force him to answer questions about where, how, and why he got cash that looks real but isn’t.

Then there’s the reality that cracking down on the situation would serve only to further expose the hypocrisy of a system that fails to fairly compensate players who generate billions for college football. So what if a few guys got a cash-cushioned handshake? The only difference between those and the many others that happen on a regular basis for college football and basketball players is that last night they happened to be caught on camera.

And so the smart play for the NCAA would be to do nothing. The smart play for LSU would be to politely advise Beckham to be a little more discreet the next time he shows up at a game with a wad of cash, real or otherwise.

34 responses to “Odell Beckham hands out cash to LSU players, and LSU quickly claims it was fake

  1. He simply cannot go watch a game and be happy. He needs non-stop attention and the camera to be on him, which he absolutely knew when he was pulling this ridiculous stunt.

  2. Too much copy and paste:

    Then there’s the reality that cracking down on the situation would serve only to further expose the hypocrisy of a system that fails to fairly compensate players who generate billions for college football.

    Now that the XFL exists, don’t these kids have alternatives to college and its unabashed exploitation? There is more than one alternative, so by definition colleges are paying market rates. It just so happens their payment is mostly in goods and services which is acceptable in a barter economy. The value of those are up to the individual receiving them.

  3. A typical Odell story … always in the news for all the wrong reasons. In the league now for what – seven seasons? He’s the Carmello Anthony of the NFL – a seemingly talented player who never makes his team better and never wins squat.

  4. Yea sure it was. LSU is known as one of the most corrupt athletic departments in the country.
    Why would last night be any different

  5. For anyone saying “OBJ is a tool,” first off you could be totally right.

    But he gave that cash to Justin Jefferson (who’s entering the NFL draft this year) in front of the camera on purpose. It was a not-so-subtle shot at the cesspool that is the NCAA.

  6. OBJ looks stoned. Why would they even give this jerk a sideline pass? Randy Moss at least sat in the stands and I’m sure he’s given his son a buck or two lately.

  7. MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe…Something Like That!

  8. OBJ looks stoned. Why would they even give this jerk a sideline pass? Randy Moss at least sat in the stands and I’m sure he’s given his son a buck or two lately.
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    Moss didn’t play for LSU like OBJ, and of course a parent can give their kid money. I like what OBJ did. Everyone says the kids should get paid til it’s OBJ paying them, then it’s “look, a reason to pile on someone we are jealous of”

  9. Not content with causing distractions in Cleveland, OBJ has to draw attention to himself at his old alma mater.
    If you’re going to be like that, then legally change your name to Odell Uno-tres.

  10. theboysvlog says:
    January 14, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    For anyone saying “OBJ is a tool,” first off you could be totally right.

    But he gave that cash to Justin Jefferson (who’s entering the NFL draft this year) in front of the camera on purpose. It was a not-so-subtle shot at the cesspool that is the NCAA.

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    He also gave money to a player who was intending to return to school next year. That was also done on camera. If that money was real, that player’s eligibility is now gone.

  11. What a fool! Real or not! He had nothing to do with LSU’s championship! Look at me publicity hound, nothing more!

  12. Well, OBJ found a way to get himself in the headlines.

    $100 handshakes have always been a part of college football. Rarely do you see someone pose for the cameras and do it. Idiot.

  13. In the words of two of the great philosophers of the 20th century . . . Foghorn Leghord & Jed Clampett, ” I’m going to have a LONG talk with that boy! “.

  14. How much (money) you want to bet that both of the LSU receivers that Beckham handed cash to are going to be repped by ODB’s agent, Zeke Sandhu of Elite Athlete Management. How much you want to bet that was not the first time those LSU receivers took money from Beckham on behalf of EAM?

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