With NFL Training Camp Starting, Chargers Tackle Russell Okung Pushes Bitcoin Knowledge To Athletes

    With big name players like Russell Okung openly voicing their support for Bitcoin, it seems as though the NFL could help usher in a new era of crypto based finance (within the US economic mainstream) in the coming few years.

    • In response to Okung’s latest pro Bitcoin tweets, a user pointed out that the NFL star should get in touch with running back Adrian Peterson — who is allegedly broke and owes his creditors millions of dollars.
    • During the latter half of 2018, the NFL Players Association purchased a small stake in a blockchain platform called ‘Sportscastr’.

    As the 2019 NFL season draws nearer with each passing day, Russell Okung is once again in the news for his ‘pro Bitcoin’ opinions. This time around, the two-time pro-bowler sent out a tweet in which he told his followers that he has been educating his San Diego Chargers teammates about the power of bitcoin and how the flagship crypto asset has the potential to completely revamp the existing (global) economic system.

    As was to be expected, just hours after Okung released his ‘pro BTC’ messages online, a number of high profile individuals such as Anthony Pompliano — 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.

    This is not the first time Okung has come into the spotlight for his positive views regarding cryptocurrencies. For example, a few months back (May to be exact) he tweeted out a message in which he asked the owners of the Chargers to pay him in Bitcoin.

    In addition to Okung, even Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley has asked the owners of his team to pay him in BTC.

    A number of NFL players are unhappy with their contract sizes — especially since their current pay scales are relatively famished when compared to those of their NBA counterparts.

    Okung and Barkley believe that bitcoin payments could help shrink the wage gap that currently exists between players working for the two organizations.

    Late last year, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) bought a minority stake in Sportscastr — a blockchain platform that has been designed to provide users with a host of live-streams and other exciting sports related content.

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