LSU is trying to jump in front of this situation before something happens down the road.
After LSU’s 42-25 win over Clemson in the National Championship, a video surfaced of former LSU great Odell Beckham, Jr. handing out money to LSU players Justin Jefferson and Jontre Kirklin.
An LSU official told Baton Rouge Advocate’s Brooks Kubena that the money was not real.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said that it was the first he’d heard of the video while speaking at the champion press conference.
“Those guys are welcome back in our doors. They played in purple and gold,” Orgeron said. “They don’t have to make an appointment to come see us. Practice is open. Every time they come to practice we ask them to come talk to our team. Patrick Peterson, Odell every Christmas, every year, has given each team, each teammate, each member, each coaching staff, a big gift of tennis shoes, some of those headsets, whatever they call those things that they listen to, but they love them.
“And every Christmas they get a gift from Odell. It was great to have them all in the locker room last night and be a part of this football team because they started it.”
NCAA student athletes are not permitted from profiting off their likeness and players can also not receive monetary gifts.
Apparently Odell just walks around with fake money in his pocket these days. If the money is indeed fake, then it shouldn’t be hard for those players to produce those fake bills to prove it.
Just last week, the Cleveland Browns WR gave the entire LSU team Beats headphones valued at $349.95 each.
Beckham Jr. played high school football at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and later went on to star with the Tigers from 2011-2013.