NFL player to be paid in bitcoin
NEW YORK - In May 2019 NFL player Russell Okung tweeted "Pay me in Bitcoin" and now that appears to be happening.
The Carolina Pathers tackle will receive half of his $13 million salary in the cryptocurrency.
The arrangement comes by way of bitcoin startup Zap, according to industry site coindesk.
The company's Strike product will apparently receive a direct deposit from the Carolina Panthers and it will be converted to bitcoin.
Okung has been a long-time proponent of bitcoin and encourages other professional athletes to embrace it as a way to give them economic power.
Okung, 32, was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks and won a Super Bowl with the team in the 2013 season. He has also played for the Los Angeles Chargers.