LSU officials have reversed course after investigating allegations that NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. gave money to Tigers football players following Monday’s national championship victory over Clemson.
On Tuesday, LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson first told reporters, “It was a joke. The bills were fake bills.”
However, according to a statement released by the university Wednesday, “(i)nformation and footage reviewed since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes.”
Star quarterback Joe Burrow was asked on a Barstool Sports podcast Wednesday if the money was real. His response: “I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah.”
Burrow, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Any money he accepted wouldn’t be against the rules because he has no college eligibility remaining.
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However, LSU said other players who are returning next season “may have been placed in a compromising position.”
LSU said it is working with the players, the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference “to rectify the situation.”
Source: USA Today