Russell Okung, who plays offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, is set to be paid in Bitcoin. It’s the first time any player has received their wages in cryptocurrency in NFL history.
“Paid in Bitcoin”
Okung will receive 50% of his $13 million salary in BTC, and the Bitcoin payments startup Strike will facilitate the payment.
He first expressed interest in receiving his paycheck in the digital currency in May 2019, when he tweeted the succinct phrase “Pay me in Bitcoin.” In light of the update, he posted a new tweet today confirming the news.
Paid in Bitcoin. https://t.co/Ey6oOcmLjA
— russ (@RussellOkung) December 29, 2020
BTC is up 273% since Okung’s initial tweet. He’s also become a vocal proponent of digital currencies.
Following his announcement, he posted a further update encouraging others to receive their paycheck in crypto. “Do it, now.” he wrote.