Jefferson and Kirklin are juniors, and Jefferson declared Wednesday for the NFL draft, ending his eligibility. The NCAA statutes establish: “If the student-athlete receives an additional benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is not eligible in all sports,” a moot factor when eligibility is completed (as with the marshal LSU field coach Joe Burrow) or resigns (as with Jefferson)
Due to Beckham’s affiliation with a school for which he caught 143 passes between 2011 and 2013, any payment from him to LSU players would constitute a particular violation of the NCAA statutes. Initially, LSU, which won its first national championship in 12 years and the third since 2003-04, told The Advocate of Baton Rouge that he believed the money was novelty money, from a player known for his antics.
On Wednesday, LSU corrected that impression with a statement: “We are aware of the situation in which Odell Beckham Jr. interacts with LSU student athletes and other people not affiliated with the team after the championship game on Monday night. Initial information suggested that the invoices that were exchanged were novel invoices. The information and images reviewed as they show that the apparent cash may also have been delivered to LSU student athletes. We were in touch with the NCAA and the SEC immediately after hearing about 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 to rectify the situation. “
Burrow, the winner of the Heisman Trophy, sent a question Tuesday at the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take” about whether the money Beckham was distributing was real, and Burrow said: “Yes, I’m not a student athlete anymore, so I can say yes. “
The video appeared in the middle of a climate in which the national perception of the main university athletes who receive compensation seems to have undergone a change. In early September, the California state legislature passed a bill by a 73-0 vote in the Assembly and a 39-0 vote in the Senate, allowing athletes in California schools to benefit from their names , images and similarities. Multiple state legislatures have continued to weigh the premise.
The video also appeared after a year in which LSU had acknowledged that it was cooperating with the NCAA in an investigation related to LSU fan and promoter John Paul Funes, who pleaded guilty in June 2019 for embezzlement of more than $ 800,000 from Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Hospital, for which he was chief fundraiser, and began a 33-month federal prison sentence in Indiana in December. In the process of that case, the Greater Baton Rouge Commercial Report reported that $ 180,000 of the money went to the father of a former LSU offensive lineman who finished playing in 2015.
The relevance in this case with any player still eligible could be statute 16.01.1.1 of the NCAA, which deals with payments of $ 200 or less and says that “student-athlete eligibility will not be affected subject to the student’s athlete reimburse the value of the benefit for a charity of your choice. “