NFL pro receives annual salary in bitcoin

Already last year Russel Okung demanded that his annual salary be paid to him in Bitcoin. Now he has received the BTC payment from his club.

US American football player Russell Okung received half of his annual salary in Bitcoin. With a salary of 13 million US dollars, the Seattle Seahawks offensive player is now richer by Ethereum Code about 228 BTC. Okung is the first NFL player to ever receive payment in cryptocurrencies

Back in May 2019, he urged his club via Twitter to pay him in Bitcoin. On 29 December, he announced in a tweet that he had now finally received a Bitcoin sum. A short time later, Okung commented on the advantages of the cryptocurrency:

If we all get paid in Bitcoin, no one can tell us what to do with the value we create.

Meanwhile, Okung made critical references to the US dollar

He sees Bitcoin as a safe alternative to protect his money:

If you think elections are rigged, wait until you learn about the US dollar. You can earn ‚x‘ per year and watch it slowly decrease with inflation

The NFL athlete’s Bitcoin payment could be the starting gun for many other athletes to follow suit. For example, Jack Mallers, founder of Zap, expressed that athletes from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) are also thinking about possibly paying with Bitcoin.

In times of Bitcoin’s all-time high, the payment for the NFL pro might have arrived at just the right time. Cryptocurrencies thus seem to have now also arrived in the field of sport. This is just further evidence that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are moving more and more into the field of vision of the general public.