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LeSean McCoy finally weighs in on ’20-Cent Tipgate,’ insists he’d do it again


At long last, while allowing the other side to state their case, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy finally fired back, speaking publicly at length for the first time about the now-infamous $0.20 tip he left on a $61.56 tab at a Philly burger and booze joint on Monday.

Talking with reporters on Thursday, McCoy said that the measly 20-cent tip had everything to do with the poor service he received and nothing related to cheapness.

“The 20 cent tip was kind of a statement,” McCoy told the media, according to a 6-ABC Action News report. “I didn’t do anything wrong and if I had to do it again, I’d do it the same way.”

The owner of PYT (restaurant name likely not inspired by the Michael Jackson song) Johnny Up, meanwhile contended that it was McCoy who was in the wrong, not his staff, claiming in a lengthy Facebook post that the running back exhibited rude behavior.

McCoy disagreed, insisting the server’s performance didn’t merit anything more than a 0.03% gratuity.

“Just to be honest, like I’m always, I tip on my service. I think there’s a difference between good service and bad service or just having a bad day,” McCoy said. There’s a big difference with just being rude and disrespectful. That’s how that went.”

McCoy said that generally speaking, he’s pretty gracious and generous when it comes to leaving gratuities, attempting to demonstrate that he’s no Mr. Pink (video link contains profanity) when it comes to tipping.

While defending his tip cred, McCoy also hinted that the PYT server may have been the one who was behaving rudely to him, not the other way around.

“In any restaurant I go around in Philadelphia, I tip very well. I’m very respectful,” he said. “You can’t be disrespectful and just expect somebody to tip you. I don’t care who the person is. That’s why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that.”

But it apparently wasn’t all bad for McCoy at the restaurant. He showed some class by saying the meal was more than satisfactory.

“If you check on that restaurant, the backlash that has from everybody talking bad about that place, but good food, good food,” he said.

Fair enough. It seems that both sides believe they have the legitimate beef with the other over what went down at the burger joint. A reasonable, thoughtful and sensible mediator who could iron out the parties’ differences would serve this situation well.

Charlie Sheen, everybody’s looking at you in this one. He’s already volunteered to do right by the restaurant, chances are good he could bring the parties, both the eatery’s owner and McCoy, to the table and work out a sensible solution.

Let’s just hope that the aforementioned table isn’t in the section of the server who finds himself at the center of this sordid saga. Just to be safe.