LSU acknowledges Odell Beckham Jr. may have given cash to players after national championship
Odell being Odell might cause the Tigers some serious problems
When LSU associate athletic director Robert Munson was asked on Tuesday about former Tiger after the national championship he said, "It was a joke. The bills were fake bills." But Beckham's actions might not actually be a laughing matter.
LSU released a statement Wednesday acknowledging that, "apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes."
A video posted online showed Beckham counting up bills and handing them to LSU receivers Justin Jefferson and Jontre Kirklin -- Jefferson's brothers, Jordan and Rickey, were Beckham's teammates in college.
Burrow is out of eligibility and Jefferson declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday, but Kirklin has not indicated that he plans to turn pro.
In other words, under NCAA regulations, what Beckham gave to Burrow was just a gift; what he gave to Kirklin might count as impermissible benefits.
LSU's statement said the school was, "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."
Munson did later tell reporters on Tuesday that the program planned on interviewing the players to check whether the bills were actually fake, though this development may have already provided the answer.
Prior to Monday's game, Beckham gave every LSU player aas a congratulations for making it to the national championship. The headphones, valued at $350, were allowed as NCAA regulations permit bowl gifts up to $550 in value "from the management of the event or from the participating member institution."
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Bohn previously stated 'everything is on the table' regarding USC's conference affiliation
The Texas coach is looking for some advice amid a massive staff overhaul in Austin
Drinkwitz is injecting energy, passion and personality that Mizzou football didn't know it...
William Hill Sportsbook has seven quarterbacks on the top of its list of favorites
Faulk has been on the LSU staff since 2018 and previously served as the director of player...
The LA Bowl will play its first game in December 2020, and will take place in SoFi Stadium...
CBS Sports was with you all day covering National Signing Day as the Class of 2020 wrapped...
Complete analysis, highlights and coverage of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Miami (OH) vs. Louisiana football game