Russell Okung Advocates For Professional Sports Salaries To Be Paid In Bitcoin, Gives Messi Example
Russell Okung, an American football offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL might be one of the biggest crypto advocates in the pro-sports industry.
Messari Crypto, a crypto analytics firm says:
How much would top athletes make if they were paid in Bitcoin?
Messi would bring home 12,700 $BTC each year at current prices.
For comparison, that's about as much as Bitcoin miners make in a week from block rewards. pic.twitter.com/QfeQWFAetb
— Messari (@MessariCrypto) August 23, 2019
Russell quoted this tweet in his feed to his 161.1K followers. For comparison, Messi would bring home 12,700 $BTC each year at current prices. That qual the amount of money Bitcoin Miners make in a week.
Okung has likened his crypto-awakening to ‘taking the red pill’, and questioned: “How could something so wrong make me feel so right?” A number of high profile individuals such as Anthony Pompliano who is the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital gave their seal of approval to the NFL star. Not only that, even the folks over at Gemini Exchange respond to Okung’s tweets with a moonshot emoji.
Just last month, BitcoinExchangeGuide had reported about Okung convincing his contemporaries, such as Matt Barkley and Josh Allen, about the financial potential of cryptocurrencies. He had recently posted a barrage of messages in support of the world’s most sought after crypto — calling it a real gamechanger. For example, he not only asked the owners of his team to pay his salary to him in BTC but he also told a number of his teammates to start adopting crypto ASAP. He was also doing a BTC giveaway.
In May, he tweeted out “Pay me in Bitcoin.” Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley also reportedly asked to be paid in bitcoin. With many NFL players ticked off about the size of the contracts for their NBA counterparts, bitcoin payment could be a way to shrink the gap.