Can We Please Stop Talking About Athletes Tipping At Restaurants?


PHILADELPHIA — Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz demonstrated his winning ways during the team’s bye week.

The 23-year-old drafted out of North Dakota State returned there during the Eagles’ off week on Oct. 1 and ran up a $1,000 tab while playing darts and shooting pool with some friends. He then picked up the tab and left a $500 tip.

Brent Tehven owns the Herd & Horns Bar and Grill in Fargo and is friends with Wentz. He vouched for the quarterback’s generosity with various media outlets, including WTXF-TV in Philadelphia.

The station says Philly-style cheesesteaks are becoming popular in Fargo restaurants because of Wentz’s successful rookie season, as are replicas of his No. 11 Eagles jersey.

This is currently the third top story on ESPN. Carson Wentz left a big ole $500 tip at his local watering hole in North Dakota. Which is all fine and dandy, good for Wentz for picking up the bill. But what’s with this new trend in exposing player tips? Whether it’s DeAngelo Williams and his $.75 tip at a Maryland restaurant or a large tip like this, I’d like to give a resounding WHOOOO CARESSSSS.

Okay actually that’s not totally fair. Lots of people care, that’s why these stories get circulated on social media and attention on ESPN. But I feel bad for these athletes who now have to be cognizant of the fact that an 18 % tip vs a 20 % tip could be a big news story. They’re getting called cheap for tipping like you or I because they make millions of dollars a year. They’re not getting criticized anymore for what really matters. Like not starting a fake charity or slightly overthrowing deep routes.

Tipping at bars and restaurants is supposed to be a solo effort. A discreet journey. You go out to lunch with friends and split the bill? You don’t talk about how much you tip. You jot down what you estimate to be a fair %. Maybe you’re way too high, maybe too low, you don’t talk about it with your lunch mates. It’s a fundamental aspect of dining that is sacred between you and your server. A social contract as first established by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. You either stiff them, reward them or keep it right in the socially acceptable ballpark. And you don’t share it with anyone. Especially all of social media.

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