- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

After initially brushing it off as “counterfeit” money, LSU released a statement Wednesday saying alumnus and Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. “may have” given members of the football team cash at the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday.

The statement comes on the heels of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow telling the podcast “Pardon My Take” that Beckham handed out money to Tigers players after the game.

“I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow said, implying it was real money.

A video posted to Twitter that has since been made private showed Beckham spreading the wealth to Tigers players after they won the national title game Monday over Clemson. That would fall under an “impermissible” benefit to student-athletes under NCAA bylaws.

The university first said it was “counterfeit” bills before the update Wednesday afternoon.

“Initial information suggested bills that were exchanged were novelty bills,” the athletic department’s statement said. “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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