Odell Beckham Jr. was banned from Louisiana State University’s facilities for two years on Wednesday after the alum handed out $2,000 in cash to LSU players following their victory in the national championship.
While the school initially said the money was fake, an investigation found that the former LSU wide receiver violated the school’s stance on booster payments. The ban comes as the school penalized itself after finding out booster payments were made to the father of a football player. LSU announced that it’s forfeiting eight football scholarships over the next two years, and will reduce recruiting visits, evaluations, and communication.
“LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program,” said LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director, Robert Munson. “We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter.”
The NCAA was reportedly made aware of the self-imposed sanctions earlier this month, but it remains to be seen if LSU will face more penalties.