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LSU investigating whether Odell Beckham Jr. handed out real money to players after National Championship Game

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 1/16/2020 By Mary Kay Cabot,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. was so pumped that his alma mater LSU beat Clemson, 42-25, in the National Championship Game Monday night that he started handing out what looked like cash to players on the field after the game.

At first LSU told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the money was fake. But Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow said on the Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast Wednesday that it was real.

“I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,’’ Burrow said.

Did OBJ hand out real money?

The problem is, video shows Beckham handing out apparent cash to a player who might not go pro in junior defensive back Jontre Kirklin, and now LSU is investigating.

"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 said in a statement released Wednesday. "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."

Beckham also sent the whole team Beats headphones before the game, but that was cleared ahead of time by the NCAA.


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