LSU admits cash Odell Beckham handed out may have been real

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The video looked as clear as can be: Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who played his college football at LSU, was mingling with LSU players on the field after Monday night’s national championship game, and handing cash to some of them. But despite what was shown on the video, LSU initially claimed Beckham was just handing out play money.

Now LSU has walked back that claim.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, LSU acknowledged that the cash Beckham was handing out to players “may have been” real.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Odell Beckham Jr. interacting with LSU student-athletes and others unaffiliated with the team following the championship game Monday night,” LSU’s statement said. “Initial information suggested bills that were exchanged were novelty bills. Information and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes. We were in contact with the NCAA and the SEC immediately upon learning of this situation in which some of our student-athletes may have been placed in a compromising position. We are working with our student-athletes the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation.”

The NCAA’s rules are rather ridiculous, with their insistence on maintaining the “amateur” status of college football players whose labors are worth billions of dollars to the NCAA and its television partners. But they’re rules that LSU agrees to, and rules that were apparently broken in LSU’s victory celebration.

44 responses to “LSU admits cash Odell Beckham handed out may have been real

  1. Well, I’ll say this is a dumb in the first place…..

    HOWEVER

    shame on Odell for probably knowing this and still doing this. He has an incredible knack for ruining the moment

  2. we still dont know for sure whether the money was real . even Joe Burrow didnt say whether or not it was real , just that obj was handing out cash . we do know for sure that this Lsu team was one of the greatest of all time tho .

  3. the cash came without conditions
    no contract or expectation of return
    there is no violation
    except that NCAA continues to use this form of slavery

  4. If he gave out cash to seniors or to juniors going into the draft, they no longer amateur athletes anyway and will never suit up for LSU again. So what’s the big deal???

  5. NCAA, leave those kids alone. If you want them to give the money back, fine, but in the excitement of winning the National Championship they aren’t thinking about anything else, including Penny-anti NCAA rules.

  6. What I want to know is where are all the OBJ defenders now? Just the other day they were all over saying money was fake, now that LSU admits this they show up missing!! Face it OBJ is just a self absorbed athlete that thinks he is above everything.

  7. hekingdp says:
    January 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm
    Is Odell Beckham the biggest moron alive, or is Odell Beckham the biggest moron alive? I can’t quite decide.
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    if true yes obj is a fame chasing idiot but those young men knew it was wrong and still took it. either way what a snitch burrow is just cuz hes out

  8. Olympians are not paid and their main players bring in millions on tv. Im ok with college kids getting a nice education and not paid for their game play. Still hate to see ncaa suits getting paid though.

  9. This situation could be eliminated by keeping idiots like OBJ off the field and out of the locker room

  10. The NCAA might have some dumb money rules, but this isn’t the time to criticize them as you like to do. This was just stupid of Beckham of todo. It would have even looked bad if he did it at the Super Bowl.

  11. I guess my first thought was “What the hell is LSU thinking by letting him in the locker room at all?”

    Alumni or not. The guy is toxic.

  12. thekingdp says:
    January 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm
    Is Odell Beckham the biggest moron alive, or is Odell Beckham the biggest moron alive? I can’t quite decide.

    ________

    Sir… There’s a mister Antonio Brown on the line… He’d like a word. Shall I put him through?

  13. So let me get this straight if I have a friend or family member give me money as a celebration gift while playing college football. This would be a violation?? They are making a big deal because of the name involved with handing out the bread.

  14. He just had to bring the attention to himself as always. Idiot.

    I cant believe there are Giants fans who are still angered by the trade.

  15. Let those guys have their moment. No need for OBJ to be there, he didn’t do anything to contribute to what those guys accomplished.

  16. Those guys had their moment and wanted to OBJ, a guy who all of them look up to, there for support. The narrative that he’s a distraction is absolutely overblown. Just say you don’t like the guy. He is beloved at the program and considered a role model to the kids who come through there. Also, who cares about the money? The kids who got paid aren’t unpaid employees of the NCAA anymore.

  17. At some universities, their former student athletes are on the sidelines as coaching interns or mentors to the current players. At LSU, they have OBJ.

  18. the cash came without conditions
    no contract or expectation of return
    there is no violation
    except that NCAA continues to use this form of slavery
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    I think you need to ask yourself honestly here if you believe this action would still have occurred, had LSU lost?

    If the answer is no (of course it’s no), then a condition existed, and that part of the argument is invalid. A rules violation exists

    Having said that, I hope it provides more impetus towards removing these ridiculous rules.

  19. This is what happens when the only thing you care about is getting attention for yourself. He claims to love LSU but if they get in trouble for his being a moron he’ll accept zero responsibility and will play dumb like he has no idea the NCAA exists or that there are rather stringent rules on college players taking money. Better still is the fact that without question he WANTED this to be made public else he wouldn’t have gotten any attention for it. No chance he would quietly hand out some money–the entire point is the spectacle of showing off how rich he is.

  20. youngnoize says:
    January 16, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Also, who cares about the money? The kids who got paid aren’t unpaid employees of the NCAA anymore.

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    Well, except for all the players planning to come back and play again next year, who need to remain eligible.

    Who are, of course, being paid with a completely free college degree and access to a career pipeline that will make many of them set for life. Oh, the humanity…

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