According to Blavity, Russell Okung just became one of the NFL’s highest-paid players after requesting that his salary be paid in Bitcoin.
The Carolina Panthers offensive tackle’s initial cryptocurrency investment has now skyrocketed to $21 million thanks to his request.
He is the first player in the NFL to receive his payout via Bitcoin — the growing popular cryptocurrency that allows users around the world to buy, sell and exchange money in the form of digital coins, per Forbes.
Currently, Bitcoin is not regulated by banks or the federal government since it’s decentralized and void of third-party oversight.
It was May 2019 when Okung made his request simple and straightforward.
Pay me in Bitcoin.
— russ 💯 (@RussellOkung) May 14, 2019
“Pay me in Bitcoin,” wrote the Carolina Panther via Twitter.
Looks like that was the best decision he could’ve made now that he’s one of the 30 highest-paid players in the league!