On Tuesday, NFL Tackle Russel Okung and Strike announced a partnership that will pay a significant portion of Oken’s $ 13 million NFL salary in bitcoin.
Last May, Okung campaigned for his former and current NFL teams to pay him with Bitcoin. After reaching out to Strike founder Jack Mallers and working with the Carolina Panthers front office, this is now a reality.
Okung told Bitcoin Magazine Last September, at a meeting with Ed McGuire, the charger’s executive vice president of football administration and player funding, he drew blank looks when he mentioned Bitcoin. “I asked if they could pay me with Bitcoin,” he recalled. “With that stoic face, he looked at me and said,” What the hell is Bitcoin? ”
With this announcement, Okung becomes the first professional athlete to receive Bitcoin as payment for his work on the field.
For Okung, it’s about taking back power. By paying with Bitcoin, he can now “regain power that rightly belongs to us”. He’s also put his time and energy into Bitcoin Is_, a project that “aims to meet people where they are and unpack Bitcoin in a really easy way,” he described Bitcoin Magazine.
Mallers shared with us that several athletes from the NBA, MLB and NFL are on board to get paid with Bitcoin, and they have even been contacted by several Billboard Top 500 artists to get part of their salary in Bitcoin.
This announcement goes beyond Okung and his team. Today, Strike offers early access to this payday solution to users at payday.strike.me.