Last year Russel Okung demanded that his annual salary be paid out in Bitcoin. Now he has received the BTC payment from his club.
American football player Russell Okung received half of his annual salary in bitcoin
With a salary of $ 13 million, the Seattle Seahawks offensive player is now roughly 228 BTC richer. Okung is the first NFL player to ever receive payment in cryptocurrencies.
As early as May 2019, he asked his club via Twitter to pay him with Bitcoin. On December 29th, he announced in a tweet that he had finally received a bitcoin sum. A short time later, Okung commented on the advantages of the cryptocurrency:
When we are all paid in Bitcoin, no one can tell us what to do with the value we create.
Meanwhile, Okung made critical hints against the US dollar. He sees Bitcoin as a safe alternative to protect his money:
If you think elections have been rigged, wait until you find out about the US dollar. You can earn ‚x‘ a year and watch it slowly decrease with inflation
The NFL athlete’s Bitcoin payment could be the starting signal for many other athletes to follow suit. Jack Mallers, founder of Zap, said that athletes from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are also considering possible payment with Bitcoin.
In times of the Bitcoin all-time high, the payment for the NFL professional should have arrived at just the right time. Cryptocurrencies now seem to have arrived in the field of sports. This is just further evidence that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are moving more and more into the field of vision of the general public.