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Rivalry rumor: Buckeye fans paid money to insult CJ Stroud

Two losses to Michigan football have taken a toll on Buckeye fans… and their wallets.



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Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) is tackled by Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rayshaun Benny (26) in the second half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY

After two-straight losses to Michigan football, Ohio State fans were clearly unhappy with former Buckeye quarterback CJ Stroud. Still, no one had a way to reach Stroud seeing as he does not use social media during the football season — this left fans one way to reach Stroud to send hateful words his way: Venmo.

CJ Stroud claims fans sent “hate” money via Venmo

For those who don’t know what Venmo is, it is a popular money transfer service that allows people to send money to others immediately — it is entirely electronic. When sending money, you are allowed to attach a message, which is exactly what fans did when they were upset with Stroud’s performances.

“I was getting DMs – I don’t have social media throughout the season – I was getting DMs on Venmo, the money app, from fans telling me, ‘Play better,’ things like that.” Stroud said, via Yahoo Sports. “It was insane, but at the end of the day, it comes with the territory.”

Over the past two seasons, Ohio State has seen some incredible play from standout quarterback CJ Stroud, yet the Buckeyes have committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of their fans: losing to Michigan football… twice.

Has Michigan broken the Buckeyes?

Over the past few months, the Michigan Wolverines have turned the tide in their rivalry with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Sadly for CJ Stroud, he was the quarterback for both of Ohio State’s blowout losses to Michigan over the past two seasons. Ohio State fans have been melting down as of late, largely because a third-straight loss to Michigan is looking very likely in 2023.

Fans have gotten desperate enough that they were willing to send their star quarterback money to ensure he heard their hate. It’s a tough time in Columbus right now — just imagine how insane OSU fans could get if Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines down the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor later this year. We’re excited for ‘The Game,’ to say the least.

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