LSU responds after Joe Burrow said Odell Beckham Jr. gave him real cash

LSU said money Beckham was seen handing out was fake

LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow said NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. gave him real cash following the team’s win in the College Football Playoff championship game, days after the school said the money Beckham was seen giving out to players after the game was fake.

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Burrow was asked if Beckham gave him money during an appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast on Wednesday. The 23-year-old quarterback, who graduated from LSU with a master’s degree in December, did not mince words.

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“I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow told the hosts. The future NFL quarterback did not say whether Beckham gave him money during the postgame celebration on the field.

Beckham, who attended LSU and plays for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, was seen handing out wads of cash to various players on the field at the Louisiana Superdome after the school’s 42-25 win over the Clemson Tigers on Monday night. LSU officials initially told the Baton Rouge Advocate the money Beckham handed out was fake.

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NCAA rules prohibit players from accepting cash in any form, so it’s unclear if Beckham’s actions constituted a potential violation. As a graduate, Burrow would not be affected either way.

In a statement to FOX Business later on Wednesday, LSU acknowledged that Beckham may have been handing out real cash.

“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 Athletics said in a statement. "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.”

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Beckham has yet to address the situation. Burrow is widely expected to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in April.

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This story has been updated.