Russell Okung becomes 1st NFL player to have half his salary ($13M) paid in Bitcoin

posted 4 months ago
“Pay me in Bitcoin” has come true for National Football League player Russell Okung. Some 20 months and a 273% price increase after he first tweeted that demand in May 2019, Okung will be the first player from any major U.S. sports league to be paid in Bitcoin.

The arrangement comes by way of Zap, the Bitcoin startup founded by Jack Mallers. Zap’s Strike product enables traditional paychecks to be converted into BTC. Okung's $13 million yearly salary is being split 50-50 between bitcoin and fiat.
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