OBJcash-gate

$cenes from a post-natty:

And, of course, the inevitable backtrack…

Yeah, good luck with that, dumbasses.  Somehow you managed to stumble on to the one course of action designed to distract from a national championship.  Well played.

Actually, I suspect the party who did play this well is Odell Beckham, Jr., who seems like he knew exactly what he was doing.

If Burrow’s retelling of events is correct, Beckham handing real cash to other LSU players seems likely. After all, was Beckham really in possession of different bundles of real cash and fake cash, and then distinguishing which type he gave to LSU players based on their remaining NCAA eligibility? Sure, that’s theoretically possible, but sounds like a stretch.

Another relevant piece of evidence is the fact that Beckham requested, and received NCAA permission, to provide every LSU player a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones (which retail for several hundred dollars). On one hand, it’s clear that Beckham wanted to furnish a valuable benefit to LSU players. On the other, Beckham offering advance notice to LSU (and in turn the NCAA) before carrying out a plan suggests he was mindful of amateurism consequences. Was he cautious about headphones but then reckless about cash?

I’m gonna have to go with nah, there.  Beckham wanted to make a point about amateurism and he’s sure done that, with LSU stuck having to clean up the consequences, some of which are self-imposed.

Mind you, I really don’t give much of a shit about this.  The hair-splitting the NCAA is having to do insisting that giving out expensive headphones is okay, but handing over a few bucks directly isn’t, is all the reward I need here.  If they had any sense, they’d figure out a way to starve the situation of any oxygen, but this is the NCAA we’re talking about, so I expect LSU to flail about stupidly for a while.  Now, where’s that bag of popcorn I had a minute ago?

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UPDATE:  The shit show quotient is going off the charts here.

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34 responses to “OBJcash-gate

  1. J-Dawg

    Apparently the Auburn bag man wasn’t available for the game & Beckham had to sub for him. Needs to be reminded that there are cameras everywhere.

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  2. Bigshot

    I know it was right there on TV, but LSU is good at getting out of trouble. If this was UGA we would be handing the trophy back today and firing all the coaches.

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  3. Athens Dog

    My initial reaction was “what a tool” But Senator, maybe you’re correct. Maybe he was trying to make a point to the NCAA by giving real cash to players not returning?

    But I guess my initial reaction stands. He’s still a tool in the way he goes about most everything

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  4. DawgByte

    Classic take from Blutarsky. Blame the institution instead of the brain dead OBJ, who knowingly and willingly created a scandal. Blutarsky will justify anything in the name of making a political “statement” about amateurism. Pathetic!

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    • Which part of “Mind you, I really don’t give much of a shit about this” did you not get?

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      • DawgByte

        Oh you care, otherwise you wouldn’t have posted the story and commented on it.

        I’ve seen this a million times from people on your side of the cultural divide. You’re like, “I know the guy robbing the convenient store killed the store clerk, but the clerk had a history of being rude.” Really, it’s the victims fault? Really, it’s LSU’s fault? Where’s the eye roll emoji when you need it?

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        • Blah, blah, blah.

          It’s not an amateurism story, as much as you’d like it to be. It’s a school screwing up PR story. No question OBJ baited LSU, but where is it written LSU had to take the bait?

          I doubt this matters to you, given the size of the erection you get every time you fret over social justice. Luckily for me, I don’t GAS. 😉

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    • RangerRuss

      Yeeeah. I have that attitude mornings when the cat shits in my mouth and the dog pisses in my cornflakes.

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  5. Bright Idea

    OBJs main point was to draw attention to himself.

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  6. Mick Jagger

    OBJ is an attention whore.

    They’re everywhere these days. MIley, any Kardasian, Trump, Pelosi, etc.

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  7. Mick Jagger

    Add Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to that list! LOL

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  8. Mayor

    Well the money in the picture sure looks real when you blow the pic up. Just sayin.’

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  9. How in the Hell is is OBJ allowed to give gifts to all LSU players,? and if its ok, why doesn’t every rich alumni or pro player give all sorts of crap to the players, or do they already and we just don’
    t know about it?!?!?!

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    • gastr1

      That was my question, more than the cash issue. You know they get stuff from bowl games. Could it have been a gift to the bowl committee or something?

      Good grief, this is such a screwed-up system.

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    • Mick Jagger

      Just think of Knight and the Nike money at Oregon.

      Maybe our liquor barons can provide Woodford Reserve or a single-malt scotch to the Dawgs (those over 21, of course).

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  10. The Dawg abides

    Seems like all LSU has to do is get the players that are returning to hand over the money for “safe keeping” (which could mean several things). If they provide the NCAA with a list of all players involved and promise the money was returned by the guys coming back, I suspect the NCAA would take their word for it. It would be an easy out for them from a highly publicized stand-off I suspect they would prefer to avoid. No harm, no foul, let’s move on.

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    • HauteDawg

      That money is likely all spent that night in the French Quarter. It ain’t coming back. But give a recruit a discount on a shirt, that’s some serious violation of standards and rules with a fine of at least $10,000!

      The NCAA has some ‘splaining to do. And what if that was cash for helping OBJ’s bet pay out??? We’re looking at you NCAA! There had better be a full investigation and some penalties handed out. Or don’t you do that to your newly crowned national champion?

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  11. Is it stupid? Yes. But for any of these twitter warriors casting shame on people that think this should not go unpunished – we all just want to be on a level playing field. And yes, I know the field isn’t level by any means – but the LSUs and the Auburns of the world just seem to get away with this shit while the Dawgs somehow always get burned. I don’t care that some kids got some money or some headphones. I care because it gives LSU an advantage over my team.

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  12. trbodawg

    Then there’s this from the Dawg24/7 article. . .

    “Those guys are welcome back in our doors. They played in purple and gold,” Orgeron said. “They don’t have to make an appointment to come see us. Practice is open. Every time they come to practice we ask them to come talk to our team. Patrick Peterson, Odell every Christmas, every year, has given each team, each teammate, each member, each coaching staff, a big gift of tennis shoes, some of those headsets, whatever they call those things that they listen to, but they love them.

    “And every Christmas they get a gift from Odell. It was great to have them all in the locker room last night and be a part of this football team because they started it.”

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  13. ASEF

    Leave it to OBJ to capture all the attention for a LSU national championship that he watched.

    You had your shot in 2011, dude.

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  14. Hobnail_Boot

    I got slapped..

    On the butt-ocks..

    They say it’s a million-dollar wound but I ain’t seen a dime..

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  15. DawgPhan

    Ole Barney just all excited because no one was listening to him.

    Someone should remind him of what happens to law men that go looking for trouble on the bayou.

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  16. I guess “OBJ” didn’t get the memo the good olds days are gone where you could slap ass with no trouble. Kind of like that poor dude down at the Savannah bridge run.

    Maybe this guy has some redeemable qualities other than pass catching, but they are not obvious.

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