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Former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was seen handing out money to Tigers players after the national championship game.

A video has surfaced on social media of former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. appearing to hand out cash to LSU players moments after the national championship game against Clemson on Monday night.

An LSU athletic official told The Advocate on Tuesday morning the money was not real. The school is still looking into the matter, the official said later Tuesday, because although novelty bills were found on the field during the postgame celebration, it was unclear whether those were the bills Beckham was handing out.

It's uncertain where the novelty bills came from.

Junior wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Jontre Kirklin were in the video that surfaced Tuesday morning.

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LSU won, 42-25, for its first national championship since the 2007 season.

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Beckham played high school football at Newman High School in New Orleans and later went on to star with the Tigers from 2011-2013.

He's currently a member of the Cleveland Browns.

NCAA student-athletes are not permitted from profiting off their likeness, which includes selling equipment or autographs.

Players also cannot receive monetary gifts.

On Tuesday, LSU coach Ed Orgeron and junior linebacker Patrick Queen said during a morning news conference it was the first they were hearing about the incident.

"No sir, I did not see that," Queen said.

"First I'm hearing about it," Orgeron said.

Email Brooks Kubena at bkubena@theadvocate.com.