LSU bans Odell Beckham Jr. for 2 years after he gave money to players at title game

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been banned by LSU for two years as part of self-imposed sanctions.

Beckham got the football program in trouble with the NCAA for handing out wads of cash following LSU’s victory over Clemson, which was caught on camera.

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger and Pat Forde first reported the sanctions.

“LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program,” Robert Munson, LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director, said in a statement to Sports Illustrated. “We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter.”

The football program will also reduce its scholarships by eight over a two-year period as well as reduce recruiting visits following an investigation revealed booster payments to a player’s father.

Former Tigers quarterback, Heisman trophy winner and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow said on a podcast that the money Beckham gave him was real after the university originally said the money was fake.

Beckham also got himself into trouble for slapping a security guard on the backside in the Tiger's locker room after the victory. An arrest warrant was issued and later rescinded as a result of that incident.

The school hopes the self-imposed punishment will persuade the NCAA to take no further action against the university for the violations.

Beckham and the Browns play Burrow and the Bengals Sunday in Cincinnati.