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NFL Footballer Russell Okung Wants to be Paid in Bitcoin

NFL footballer Russell Okung, an offensive tackler for the LA Chargers, recently told a popular cryptocurrency podcast that he wants his football management to pay him in Bitcoin.
Speaking to Peter McCormack during an interview on the podcast “What Bitcoin Did”, Okung detailed his financial troubles while traveling in Nigeria earlier this year. He spoke of how he was unable to gain any access to his considerable fortune, which is naturally stored with a bank back in the United States. The bank, which he chose not to name, gave the excuse that they simply “don’t do business with Nigeria”, leaving Okung stranded abroad without any access to cash.
It was at this point, Okung states, that he realised it was not actually his money. He had handed over complete control of his fortune to a third-party, who could “allot money on the basis in which they saw fit”.
“That was completely crazy to me,” said Okung.
While the experience was no doubt upsetting at the time, it had some positive outcomes and resulted in him developing a keen interest in Bitcoin.
“I’d been speculating on Bitcoin for years and I’d hear all sorts of things about why independence is so valuable and truly owning your wealth is important,” he explains. “There’s complete independence, there’s complete sovereignty over how you want to live your life. You are exceptional and you can live that way. And not in the same accordance as whatever government or central authority may be over your life.”
He goes on to outline his efforts to get his general manager to pay half his salary in Bitcoin, efforts that have so far been met with negative responses. Okung is optimistic though, saying that although the Chargers have denied his requests many times, he’s not done trying.
Okung is not the only famous sports celebrity with a keen interest in cryptocurrency. Tennis star and winner of 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams, recently started her own VC firm that features several cryptocurrency investments. Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather both have crypto-related business interests, and famous footballers Didier Drogba and Lionel Messi are involved with upcoming crypto-based projects.

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