I haven’t written about the whole dinner check situation yet because it just isn’t a big deal to me. Tonight it did get a bit more entertaining.
Here’s the backstory…about Lane Johnson picking up a big dinner tab.
Was this a form of hazing? After the Dolphins situation last year, this type of thing is more of a sensitive subject. The only problem here is that no one is complaining. All the Eagles players seem happy.
“Everybody who has been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles has taken the veterans out on a rookie dinner,” Kelce said. “When I was a rookie we went to Barclay Prime. It was me, Danny Watkins, Julian Vandervelde, and I’m not going to get into what that bill was. It was on par with Lane’s, it was pretty close. Danny paid the most because he was the highest draft pick and biggest signing bonus, then me and Julian split the rest of it.
“This is one of the tightest groups I’ve been a part of. Obviously, I’ve had the fortune to work with all of these guys for a full year now. Four of us have been working together for three years now. There’s a lot of really good cohesion right now along the offensive line. then of course there’s all of the guys we drafted or brought in over the last year on this offensive line unit last year all back, so there’s a lot of really great chemistry and it’s a great locker room.
For those of you so concerned with MY business, I am grateful to be able to treat my O-line to such a great evening VOLUNTARILY!
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) June 8, 2014
Part of that comment comes from criticism that Johnson and the players got for spending so much money on a meal. To me, that is the more interesting angle. Players go broke at far too high a percentage. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the good life, but that money could be pretty darn helpful down the road.
Tonight, Evan Mathis decided to have some fun.
Did he really spend $64,000 on dinner?
Y’all know @EvanMathis69 by now, right? Yet everybody’s gonna take that receipt at face value??
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) June 13, 2014
Evan Mathis, troll gawd, posts picture of $64,055 dinner bill http://t.co/MYPVkSnsyD
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) June 13, 2014
I don’t know what really is going on, but I know Evan is having a lot of fun messing with fans and the media.
Are any of you really fired up about any of this?
The lack of PBR is definitely disturbing to me.