On Friday night, Lane Johnson tweeted a picture of his receipt from the Eagles’ rookie dinner at Del Friscos. It cost… a lot. $17,747 a lot. Johnson received the expected backlash in this post-Richie Incognito world of sports sensitivity. But today, everyman Jason Kelce explained why you should just get off Johnson’s dick because he’s making nearly $20 million over four years and, yeah, he’s got this. From Matt Lombardo at NJ.com, who did a nice job of itemizing the bill:
“The bottom line is, it was a team function,” Kelce explained. “Nobody forced Lane to do that. This is like any profession, I feel like. Anytime you get a promotion or a raise, the first thing you do is take your family out or take your friends out and people around you that you care about.
“I just signed a big deal and obviously I’m doing to do something for these guys, I’m obviously not going to take all of it. There’s other people who contributed to me getting the bigger deal.” It gets portrayed in the media and they like to act like they have a clue what’s going on in our locker room, but the fact of the matter is we have a really tight knit group of guys and Lane was more than happy to do that.”
“Everybody who has been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles has taken the veterans out on a rookie dinner,” Kelce pointed out. “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.”
Haha. Danny Watkins paid the most.
But for real, this stuff has been happening in football and pro sports for years. It’s part of the process. What comes around goes around. And Kelce actually has a leg to stand on beyond just his rookie dinner when it comes to generosity– he’s been everymanning the shit out of this town all spring and left $100 tip for a bartender in Avalon. He’s a man of the people and if the man of the people says it’s cool that Lane Johnson had to buy big, hungry men dinner, then that’s fine by me.
Oh, and according to Lombardo, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans helped foot the bill.
The wine made up a substantial chunk of the bill, as it usually does for rich people. But what I want to know is which shanty folk ordered:
YOU’RE MILLIONAIRES, GODDAMMIT! ACT LIKE IT.