Former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants the media to leave him alone, yet he found himself in the spotlight yet again following the National Championship where his alma mater LSU Tigers came away victorious.
Beckham, who was joined by LSU and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry among other former Tigers players, was able to celebrate with the team on the field and in the locker room after the game. And during that celebration, Beckham was seen handing out cash to players as he shook their hands for winning the contest over Clemson.
LSU was quick to say the money was fake, but their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow killed that claim during the latest episode of Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take.
"I'm not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yes," Burrow said.
As Burrow points out, he is allowed to take the money because he is no longer going to be playing college football, and will be heading to the NFL next season. However, for players like WR Justin Jefferson and CB Jontre Kirklin who can be seen taking money from Beckham, it could pose a problem.
The reason is due to NCAA's rule about accepting any sort of payment while being a student athlete. As juniors, Jefferson and Kirklin have not yet declared for the NFL Draft, so taking the money could hurt their eligibility if they decide to stay.
Whether you believe it to be petty or not (and that's a conversation for another day regarding the NCAA's highly outdated rule), there is currently an investigation regarding the situation. Burrow, though, might have solved it quickly.
Beckham might have been hyped to see his former team win it all, but his gesture of appreciation for that was a total lapse of judgment.