Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson is having himself a week. On Wednesday, he reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $30 million extension. And according to TMZ, celebrated the deal by hitting up a Chupacabra Cantina in Austin, Texas. He reportedly racked up a nearly $490 bill, so you know that a big tip is coming, right? Wrong. In fact, you couldn’t be more wrong.
According to TMZ, the bill was $487.13 and Roberson tipped $13.97. That’s right, thirteen dollars and ninety-seven cents. A 2.86% tip.
I’m not into tip shaming, but that tip is flat out shameful. 13 dollars and ninety-seven cents on a 487 dollar check? Tipping less than 3 percent? That’s disgraceful. I know Roberson’s rep is that he’s stingy on defense, but he shouldn’t be stingy when it comes to tipping. Not in this day and age, because you know servers will have no problem busting you on social media for being a miser.
And that’s exactly what happened.
This is a guy who had been famous for two things: incredible defense and terrible shooting. Now he’s famous for three things: hitting 25% from three and tipping 3 percent on a bill.
So what’s worse – Andre Roberson’s shooting or his tipping? Tie for last.
Actually his math is the worst part. He was looking to round up to 500 and he missed, by a dollar and ten cents, dropping 13.97 instead of 12.87. Or maybe that was him being generous, a tip on top of the tip.
Someone with the very catchy handle: @davidro74294058 tweeted “get paid 30 million for 3 years and tips this!!! Your trash!!!”
Roberson fired back: “Shouldn’t have had to tip you it was just a bottle at a bar …there was no service ..Now I can see if it was a club! You Reaching bro”
I don’t know if @davidro74294058 is reaching, but I know who’s not reaching – Andre Roberson for his wallet. Dude is never going to get caught reaching in.
I don’t know what happened, but as always, Andre, if you’re explaining, you’re losing. If you really believe what you were saying, why are you tipping at all? Honestly, no tip is better than tipping less than 3 percent. At least then you could say it was a mistake when you get caught on social media, instead of having to try to justify what happened.
And speaking of explaining, I can’t believe I have to explain how to handle this situation. Even if you’re right, and you think that because you’re just buying a bottle at the bar with no service, you should still tip if you’re Andre Roberson. First off, everyone knows you just signed a fat contract, for how much and for how long. And with that comes an expectation. That’s how it works. I don’t write the rules, but I suggest you follow them. Because while they may not be fair, they are real. And when folks tip shame you on social media, that sticks.
This has already done more damage to Roberson’s rep than a 20 percent tip would’ve done to his wallet. You can’t tell me that he wouldn’t spend a hundred bucks right now to make this go away. Hell, he’d probably spend a thousand, but now it’s out there and it won’t leave. Just ask Scott Pippen and Peter Sampras – the bad tip rep sticks to you the way you stick to opponents. Jungle archivist Stucknut was all over it: “If your last name has ROB in it, you better be a good tipper” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Steve speaks the truth.
As the social media storm was growing, Roberson tried the old Marcus Jordan “anyway, what’s poppin’ twitter” approach and tweeted: In other news! Where is @Enes_Kanter & @realstevenadams these days hope you’re doing good, brodies!!!
And Adams responded: We just out here tipping more than $13.
Bam! That’s not going away anytime soon, Andre. Should’ve just tipped out, whether it was earned or not.