No matter how confident you are, March Madness is a dangerous time to make a bet.
Update: Thursday, August 7 at 10:48 a.m. ET
Roddy White did indeed pay up on the bet. Here's what he gave to Dylan Hoyt, the fan who took him up on a Twitter bet over the Mercer-Duke upset back in March, via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: two Atlanta Falcons season tickets, two Super Bowl tickets, sideline passes to a home game and the chance to come to training camp one day as White’s guest.
Wednesday was the day Hoyt showed up to Falcons training camp:
Hoyt also reportedly met Julio Jones and Harry Douglas.
White talked about the bet, via Schultz:
Never bet anything unless you’re willing to pay up.
I just thank everybody out there in the media for everything they did, for holding me responsible for my actions. I think it’s great. And people on Twitter, I love you all.
[h/t USA Today's FTW]
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Not many people could have predicted that No. 14 Mercer would be able to go into North Carolina and knock off No. 3 Duke in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. White certainly didn't think there was much of a chance.
When a fan told the wideout that the Bears would upset the Blue Devils, White made a bold wager:
Championship RT @kristenm2185 how far do you think duke goes this year??— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 18, 2014
@DHoyt77 if mercer beat duke I will give you season tickets 50 yard line first row— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 18, 2014
Mercer stunned the college basketball world Friday with a 78-71 victory over Duke.
White will indeed give the fan tickets, but the prize doesn't appear to be the same that was originally wagered:
I lost a bet and I will give him tickets to the bears game since he is a bears fan done with this bet— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 21, 2014
UPDATE: Sunday, March 23, 11:37 a.m. ET
White explained early Sunday morning why he's not paying up on the bet:
Y'all people are crazy on twitter you want me to man up and pay a bet to a person that had nothing to lose in the bet #soundsridicules— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 23, 2014
Plus it's illegal to gamble in the NFL— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 23, 2014
The Fan said he doesn't expect anything from White:
I don't expect anything from @roddywhiteTV because it wasn't even a legit bet. I do not want to be a distraction to The Falcons organization— Dylan Hoyt (@DHoyt77) March 23, 2014