LSU investigating Odell Beckham over concerns about handing out money

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

"I'm not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah, " Burrow said. His response probably sent the LSU athletic department into a panic.

Nearly immediately, images of Beckham handing hundred dollar bills to NCAA players sparked an outcry, which LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson attempted coral by claiming the bills were fake (not necessarily counterfeit). 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. After initially telling the newspaper the money was not real, the official later said that just because novelty bills were found on the field after the game, it wasn't clear whether or not the novelty bills came from Beckham.

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

The locker room party featured quarterback Joe Burrow and fellow Tigers smoking cigars and dancing to Lil ELT's "Get the Gat" to commemorate the 42-25 win over Clemson. While speaking to Barstool Sports, Burrow confirmed that the money was, indeed, real. "We are working with our student-athletes, the NCAA and the SEC in order to rectify the situation".

National Football League rules prohibit players from taking cash and getting large sums of money from Beckham would certainly constitute an NCAA violation.

Video on social media showed other players handling the money. They later said they're looking into the whole situation because they aren't sure yet if that was the case.

"Uh oh" bystanders jest after Beckham appears to slap the officer, who turns around but does not engage.

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