Odell Beckham Jr. Punished For Handing Out $2,000 To LSU Players At National Championship

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Odell Beckham Jr. has been hit with a two-year ban from LSU’s facilities as punishment for making it rain during the 2019 national championship game, according to Sports Illustrated. Beckham Jr. was seen slapping handfuls of $100 bills into the hands of players. LSU initially said it was fake money, but that storyline quickly went up in flames when Joe Burrow confirmed that it was, indeed, real money.

“I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow said about the money on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take.” LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson, now with the Minnesota Vikings, said he donated the money to his church.

The school self-reported the incident as a Level III violation, but it wasn’t the only violation the school reported to the NCAA. Hoping to stave off further punishment, the school says it will cut eight football scholarships over two years and will reduce recruiting efforts after it was discovered a booster made payments to the father of a football player.

In that booster case, the father of LSU player Vadal Alexander received $180,000 in stolen money from a man who admitted to embezzling half a million dollars from a Baton Rouge hospital.


Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Odell forever being (Suge Knight voice) ALL IN THE VIDEOS, ALL ON THE RECORD, DANCIN’! He made it all about him instead of letting those kids have THEIR moment. We can go back and forth on the NCAA and players getting paid, but this could have easily been avoided.

  2. You failed to mention that the violation of the booster paying the father happened before the present staff was in place. Miles and Alleva and FKing are all gone. But in their defense this didn’t come to light until there was a criminal investigation into the head fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Hospitals.
    Paul Funes, former chief fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Hospitals, arranged employment beginning in 2012 for the parents of former offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and paid his father $180,000 between 2012-17 for a “no-show” job. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System met with LSU counsel on Nov. 6, 2018, and that it “was LSU’s first notice of the potential violation.” Former president F. King Alexander and former athletic director Joe Alleva notified the NCAA “that same day and proceeded with investigations.”

    Beckham was drunk out of his mind and tried to take the band director’s baton. He couldn’t stand up. No excuse but there was no controlling him that night. (or any night)

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