Odell Handing Out Cash

Nothing to see here.

Jim Rome
January 16, 2020 - 9:21 am
Odell Beckham Jr.

USA Today

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If you’ve been paying attention to the aftermath of the college football national championship, you know as soon as that game ended, someone was doling out cash. Serious, serious cash. Like stacks and stacks of it. After all, it was a huge moment, people were happy, so it was time to let the money flow. 

And for a moment, nobody noticed, but now it’s a story.

So let’s get into it. I’m going to read from news reports, because I want to make sure I get this right. Because the money is huge. Like more than “grab a burger and a soda” money. More than per diem money. More than just normal walking around money. And at the same time that someone was getting richer, someone else was missing out some big time dough. 

As soon as the clock hit triple zero, Ed Orgeron collected half a million bucks. Half a mill. As soon as the score went official, Coach O was half a million richer because of a bonus. And Dabo Swinney missed out on an extra quarter of a mill. That sucks. 

But don’t cry for him, because according to USA Today, he’d already collected 50 grand for getting to the ACC title game, $150K for winning it, 200 for playing in the CFP semifinals and 200 large for winning that.

That is a ton of cash being handed out after these playoff games. 

Oh, I’m sorry, did you want to talk about Odell Beckham Jr handing out cash to players? Because apparently that happened too. Allegedly. Probably. Who-the-hell-cares-edly.

There was a video of Beckham allegedly handing out cash to players after the game during the celebration. On Tuesday, LSU told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the money being handed out on the field wasn’t real. 

Uh, what? Like in addition to being one of the most dominant receivers in the game, he’s also running a money counterfeiting ring? 

He’s just down in his basement cranking out fake hundreds by the thousands? And then, before heading to the national championship game on Monday night, he stuffed his pockets with those fake bills. Sure he didn’t. 

Then the school released a statement saying "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. 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.” 

“Initial information suggested bills that were exchanged were novelty bills.” Oh, right, so he’s not running a counterfeiting ring out of his basement, he’s just showing up to a game with novelty bills. 

Like he stopped off at Chuck E. Cheese on the way, collected a bunch of game tokens and he’s handing those out. Congrats on the huge win, go place some skeeball on me!

Or he’s handing out one billion dollar bills with photos of Elvis and The Joker on them. 

That makes total and complete sense. Nothing to see here. Move on. 

Of course that doesn’t make sense and of course Joe Burrow told Pardon My Take that “I'm not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah.”

Uh oh!!! He admitted it. He just flat out admitted it. Let’s start the investigation now. And look into how many wins should be taken away from LSU for the year. 

Of course the money was real. Of course it was. Did you see the video of him Odell claiming he was going to sell Justin Jefferson’s cleats?

Did that sound like a guy who was handing out novelty bills? Hell no. 

Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not sure what’s more idiotic, people trying to claim that the money was fake or people freaking out that the money was real.

I’m going to go with the latter, because folks are losing their collective bleep, acting like this is some sort of REAL SCANDAL.  LIKE…WHAT ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF AMATEUR ATHLETICS?!??!!? WHAT KIND OF AN EXAMPLE DOES THIS SET? WHO WILL THINK OF THE CHILDREN!??!

Is the national title tainted? Should they be stripped? Should there be an asterisk on this win? 

Listen, I’m not here to HATE. This, of course, is a hate free zone. But I’ll be real and I’ll own this.  I hate two things in this life.  One, that teenager behind the counter at nectar who hung me out and wouldn’t let me buy their celery water. And two, I hate that people are getting worked up about this. And while I haven’t watched, but I’m guessing that there are people on television today yelling about this and getting all worked up about it. Because Odell violated the rules and it doesn’t matter if it was his school, or that he was hyped, or liquored, rules are rules and you can’t break them!! Esp. Those rules!  , 

Because According to this crowd, some things in this world are sacred and making sure that athletes don’t get any money is one of those sacred things. 

I genuinely have absolutely no problem with Odell handing out cash on the field and in the locker room in the game. 

Why not? What is the problem with that? First off, are you telling me that you genuinely believe that Beckham is the only alum or booster doing the old “hundred dollar handshake” in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks that will follow that game? You don’t really think that do you?

And don’t tell me that this is an outrage because they are already being compensated in the form of an education. Let’s be real – and I say this with respect, because I have complete and total respect for Joe Burrow and his game. He just had one of most ridiculous seasons a quarterback has ever had in college football. But Joe Burrow has also mentioned in the past that all of his classes were online. So how does that work with your idea of the scholar-athlete?

The school just made a crap ton of money for being in that game. Coach O and some of his assistants are collecting nice bonuses for winning that game. But people are going to freak out because the players might see a few hundred bucks or even a few thousand?

There is money flowing everywhere as a result of that game and you’re bothered that some of it might be making its way down to people who actually did the work, performed and earned it, the players. 

If that’s your angle on it, if that’s what you’re worried about, maybe do some thinking on that. Because that says more about you than it does about Beckham, or Burrow, or anyone else. Nothing to be pissed about. In fact, nothing to see here. Nothing at all. Just keep moving.