LSU's Joe Burrow: Odell Beckham Jr. was handing out cash to teammates

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

It turns out that his idea of fun could be a very big problem for his beloved university.

On Tuesday, LSU football told The Advocate that Beckham was handing out fake money.

Jefferson and Kirklin weren't the only players to receive cash from OBJ on Monday. As video circulated of the cash extravaganza, LSU said it was novelty bills, though, took a firmer stance in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Both players have not declared for the NFL Draft, so they are current student-athletes (juniors) at LSU.

Beckham was one of several former Tigers who attended the game, which saw LSU overcome defending champion Clemson to capture its fourth national title in program history.

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Heisman victor Joe Burrow admitted on Barstool Sports "Pardon My Take" podcast the money was real. 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.

"I'm not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yes", Burrow said when asked whether or not he received any cash.

NCAA rules state student-athletes are not permitted to profit off their likeness, which includes selling equipment or autographs.

Beckham had previously sent every LSU player a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones, but that had been cleared by the NCAA, which allows for gifts of up to $550 to be given to players competing in championship games by "the management of the event or from the participating member institution". And now, a video hit Twitter showing Beckham confronting - and evidently spanking - an officer in the locker room.

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