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Evan Mathis admits $64K restaurant tab for rookie dinner was a joke (photos)

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The key to pulling off any joke, prank, what have you is commitment to the bit. And that’s what Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis did, holding out as long as he could despite the social media backlash that ensued after he tweeted a photo of a $64,066.75 tab from what purportedly was a dinner where rookies had to pick up the check.

Mathis ultimately came clean on Friday morning, saying the tab, the meal, everything was an elaborate sham, a prank, a bit of trolling.

Adam Schefter also called shenanigans on the prank, pointing out something interesting about the bill.

Haha. Brilliant.

The primary cause behind how people reacted to the absurdity of millionaire veteran football players forcing rookies or younger players to foot the bill on a ludicrously expensive $64,000 outing and meal was due in part to the response elicited when Eagles second-year offensive tackle Lane Johnson tweeted out a photo earlier this week of a real restaurant tab that he apparently footed in the amount of $17,747.

Johnson later admitted that Mathis and fellow teammate Todd Herremans helped him pay the tab. But even with that important distinction, in this day and age where hazing has become a black eye on the NFL, folks are tending to tread more lightly concerning anything that could be viewed as bullying.

Eagles center Jason Kelce later defended the decision to have an evening out with teammates in this manner after the Eagles players were criticized.

“The bottom line is, it was a team function,” Kelce said in response, via the Star-Ledger. “Nobody forced Lane to do that. This is like any profession, I feel like. 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.”

Still, it was a pretty solid prank by Mathis, a regular social media raconteur, jokester and all-around good-time guy (see here and here).

For the record, what follows is a breakdown of the fabricated $64,000 bill:

10 Remy Martin Louis XIII……$4,275.00
4 Crown Royal Black…………..$60.00
17 Kamikaze……………………..$170.00
4 Porterhouse, 24 oz………….$232.00
3 Asparagus……………………..$37.50
4 Potato Au Gratin……………..$50.00
1 Everbeer………………………..$12.00
8 Ribeye 32oz Long Bone……$712.00
3 Strip 25 oz Double Eagle….$201.00
1 Crab Cake………………………$19.50
1 Ice Tea…………………………..$4.00
3 Shafer Cab. Hillside, 2009…$7,950.00
3 Onion Rings…………………….$31.50
4 Rumrunner………………………$48.00
6 Screaming Eagle Cab., 2005…$20,970
14 Remy Martin Louis XIII…….$3,850.00
4 Steak Tartare…………………..$64.00
12 Harlem Estate Cab., 2006..$17,940.00
1 Add Caramelized Onions…..$3.00
9 Molten Chocolate……………..$90.00
3 Banana Bread Pudding……..$30.00
5 Old Fashioned…………………$60.00

Sub Total: $56,809.50
Tip (before added tip): $1,704.28
Tax: $5,541.98

Total: $64,055.76

Man, that’s a lot booze. But who had the ice tea? What a teetotaler. Or, more accurately (and incorrectly) what a “teatotaller,” am I right? Zing!

Oh, wait, that’s right: It wasn’t real. Dang it. Well done, Evan Mathis.

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