It's a time-honored tradition amongst the monied professional player ranks of sticking the rookie with the check after a big team meal. The Chicago Bears shared this experience with the team's first round selection, defensive end Shea McClellin on Tuesday night. Dining at Mastro's Steakhouse, the defensive lineman and several linebackers came along for the meal.
When it came time to pony up the bill, McClellin was handed a $38,091 bill from the waiter.
“I saw it, and I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to pay for this.’ I don’t think my debit card can go that high,” McClellin said.
It turns out the bill wasn't really that high, it was "merely" somewhere above $10,000, McClellin's defensive line mates had arranged for the restaurant to present a fake check first to mess with the rookie.
“We’re there to have fun. I just tried to block it [out and] not worry about it and have fun,” said McClellin who signed a 4-year $8.2 million rookie deal after being the 19th selection of the first round. “They can eat for sure. It was worth it.”
The restaurant's manager was happy to be a part of the prank, saying, “It’s a good time for us because it’s a good time for them. They’re celebrities, but we want to make sure everyone is having a good time.
“If we can help pull a prank on the rookies, we’re happy to do it.”
If I were McClellin I'd go back to the restaurant without his teammates and see how much the manager likes messing with rookies without the rest of the D-line there to back him up…