NFL star Russell Okung calls out Elon Musk on billboards for Bitcoin mining: “Stay in space”

NFL star Russell Okung called Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk about Bitcoin mining in a new billboard that reads “Stay in space”.

A photo of the billboard was posted on social media by ActionNetwork’s Darren Rovell, with a caption that read, “Pro Bowl Tackle and Bitcoin advocates @RussellOkung launches Billboards today to promote the energy-consuming narrative of the Bitcoin, published by @ElonMusk. To reject mining. “

The poster says “STICK TO SPACE, ELON” and includes the name of Okung’s website

According to Decrypt, Okung launched its “Stick to space, Elon” campaign on Wednesday, targeting Musk’s recent criticism of Bitcoin mining’s energy consumption.

In May, Musk announced that Tesla would no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for electric vehicles, citing its “insane” energy consumption.

Decrypt reported that the billboards in Miami will be put up ahead of the city’s 2021 Bitcoin conference. Mobile billboards will also be placed near SpaceX’s launch facility in Brownsville, Texas and Tesla’s facility in Santa Clara, California, according to Decrypt. A press release received from Decrypt said the campaign said the billboards are “intended to gently remind the public that Musk has only been with Bitcoin for a few months and is not an authority in the field.”

The Twitter account for the Bitcoin 2021 conference also posted a photo of a mobile billboard that said, “Stay in space, Elon”.

Okung informed Decrypt via email that “Bitcoin is mankind’s best chance for freedom. The public narrative had to be corrected as Elon seems to misunderstand its true utility to our species … No individual is by and large a threat to Bitcoin, it is inevitable. Its impact on Bitcoin is temporary. “

Newsweek has approached Okung for further comments through its Bitcoinis website.

While Bitcoin’s price slumped after Musk’s tweet in April, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency rose 8 percent over the past week and is currently trading over $ 38,000, according to CoinDesk.

This photo illustration shows a visual representation of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency on May 30, 2021 in London, England.
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This isn’t the first time Okung has been promoting Bitcoin as it made headlines in December 2020 after claiming the Carolina Panthers would pay his salary in Bitcoin. Shortly after his allegations, an NFL spokesman told The Verge the allegations were “incorrect,” adding that “their people convert some of the money into bitcoin” after the team paid their salary in US dollars.

Okung also recently helped fund a Bitcoin-sponsored car at the recent Indianapolis 500.

“We are making history today. The Bitcoin Car, “Okung wrote in a tweet showing a video of the Bitcoin-sponsored car.

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