Odell Beckham Jr., a 27-year-old LSU product who enjoys fun, decided to celebrate his alma mater's national championship victory Monday by handing out money to some of the winning players.
But while such a move would be viewed as awesome in almost any other context imaginable, it created headaches for LSU's well-paid administrators and the NCAA's well-paid sanction assigners.
Because in the world of college athletics, compensation for winning a championship game that generated millions of dollars for their institution is a huge no-no. Even for players such as wide receiver Justin Jefferson, a junior who is expected to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
In a statement Wednesday, LSU acknowledged what quarterback Joe Burrow said Wednesday, writing in a statement that its "aware cash may have been ... given to LSU student-athletes." That comes after the school briefly claimed the money was fake, which as a side note would have been an absolutely bizarre item for Beckham to give out.
LSU said it "immediately" contacted the NCAA and SEC upon learning some of its athletes "may have been placed in a compromising position."
Receiving money for winning the most prestigious trophy in college football is a compromised position. That an LSU spokesperson unironically typed that line without chucking their computer out the window or quitting their job immediately in recognition of the insane double standard at hand is wild.
Statement from LSU Athletics: pic.twitter.com/tuwDQT0cjs
— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) January 15, 2020
Beckham probably didn't mean to create a controversy. He likely just wanted to support a group of players who made him proud.
But regardless of his motives, what he did shined another light on the absurdity of college athletics and the illegible moral code administrators cling to.
Beckham has made the NCAA look like a circus. That's always a good thing.