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Odell Beckham Jr. handed out wads of cash to LSU players after national title win

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. helped LSU, his alma mater, celebrate its national championship Monday night by handing out wads of cash to players.

Beckham was captured on camera handing money to LSU wideouts Justin Jefferson, whose brothers Jordan and Rickey played with Beckham at LSU, and Jontre Kirklin. Neither player has declared for the NFL draft and thus remain NCAA athletes. The LSU athletic department told Louisiana newspaper The Advocate that the money was not real

The NCAA prohibits collegiate players from being compensated or receiving impermissible benefits outside of Division I scholarship parameters. Beckham sent every LSU player a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones prior to the championship game, but that was cleared by the NCAA. Postseason rules allow for players to receive gifts up to $550 in value for competing in bowl games "from the management of the event or from the participating member institution." 

Odell Beckham Jr. et al. standing in front of a crowd: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates after the LSU Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. © Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates after the LSU Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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