49ers, Bengals Rejected Matt Barkley's Request to Pay His Contracts in Bitcoin

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2019

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Matt Barkley #5 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before their NFL game against the New York Jets at New Era Field on December 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Matt Barkley has played for a number of NFL teams in his career, including short stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. And apparently, he attempted to receive his paychecks in a unique fashion: bitcoin. 

Pomp 🌪 @APompliano

NFL Quarterback @MattBarkley tried to get the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals to each pay his contracts in Bitcoin. Neither would do it. Matt is just one of many Bitcoiners that are playing in the NFL on Sundays 🔥🔥

Matt Barkley @MattBarkley

Already am mining https://t.co/Wgn8KVdLYA

With cryptocurrency continuing to grow in popularity, it isn't surprising that professional athletes are taking notice. 

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung, for instance, is very much interested in the alternative currency:

Russell Okung @RussellOkung

Pay me in Bitcoin.

Russell Okung @RussellOkung

How dope would it be to see a ESPN headline with an athlete being paid in $BTC? https://t.co/Ey6oOcEmb8

Russell Okung @RussellOkung

I’m part of the revolution. Long $BTC, short the bankers.

It could be a long time before professional teams jump on the bitcoin bandwagon and pay their players in cryptocurrency, but Barkley and Okung are already on board.


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