Buffalo Bills star running back LeSean McCoy has never been a quiet guy. He’s a vibrant and talented NFL rusher, he once held a very interesting “females only” party in Philadelphia and he apparently has no qualms about throwing down some serious coin on the NBA Finals.
That’s certainly the case this year, as the man known as “Shady” revealed recently that he could stand to win some big money thanks to a $200,000 bet in favor of the Golden State Warriors securing the NBA title this year. Already up with a commanding 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Dubs look well on their way to making an already rich McCoy, well, richer.
McCoy posted a snapchat of his ticket, which revealed a possible profit of a whopping $62,000. That’s a big chunk of cheese, but what McCoy (and anyone else who has placed big money on the Dubs) may be slightly afraid of is the fact that the Warriors held a 2-0 lead in last year’s NBA Finals, yet still found a way to lose. Golden State even increased that 2-0 lead into a 3-1 advantage that had previously never been overcome in NBA Finals history.
It’s always interesting to see professional athletes take interest in sports other than their own at a high level, but LeSean McCoy is doing that, and then some. Even more interesting, of course, may be the criticism McCoy will catch from teammates and fans alike if the Cavaliers once again storm back from a big deficit, only to defend their title this year.
That’s the other interesting angle; how much more money could McCoy be slated to win if he used the same logic that got the Cavs their first ever championship a year ago, to repeat during the 2017 NBA Finals? Quite a bit. This same bet over at Bovada right now, but in favor of Cleveland, would return double what McCoy is showing everyone – $132,000.
The risk is greater, but so is the reward.
No matter what happens, it’s interesting to see how vocal McCoy is about his bet and it makes regular sports bettors wonder just how much cash is being placed in favor of either of these teams. Is now the time to back the Cavs before a huge game three in Cleveland? Maybe, maybe not. But if the Cavs don’t mount a comeback and the Warriors win, LeSean McCoy (and possibly a lot of other people) stand to win a ton of money.