DeAngelo Williams Gets Called out for Leaving Small Tip, Defends Himself

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers' DeAngelo Williams (34) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Many professional athletes can afford to tip their waiter or waitress well even if the service is less than stellar, but there are some who will only tip based on their experience.

An overly generous tip will gain the athlete a fan for life, while a cheap tip will generate lots of buzz—negative buzz. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has dealt with being called out for a tiny tip in the past.

Now, it's Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams in the crosshairs. And he's not just going to let someone rip him without defending himself.

On Saturday night, Williams was called out for allegedly leaving a 75-cent tip on what TMZ reports was a $128 bill:

Johan Malcolm @WitnessSuccess_

@DeAngeloRB thanks for the lousy tip. Servers and bartenders only make $4/hr and for someone who make mills can only leave $0.75

That led to some back and forth between the NFL player and the employee:

DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB

You right I tried to leave exact change but couldn't I waited on my food for over 1.5hours got the order wrong then https://t.co/rCqpGGdxmv

DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB

She never asked for refills and took a dish back removed what was on it and left a shrimp tail in my salad https://t.co/rCqpGGdxmv

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DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB

Instead of asking for a manager I simply didn't leave a tip for the hardly working server that expected a tip😏 https://t.co/rCqpGGdxmv

Johan Malcolm @WitnessSuccess_

@DeAngeloRB the way you order was wrong. Based on my coworker, you should've been more specific on your order. She tried her best bruh

DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB

I went over that order 4 times and not only that our food came out with our salads and it wasn't a complex order https://t.co/p7O0EoA8Ql

Johan Malcolm @WitnessSuccess_

@DeAngeloRB she's not the one who's making the food. Like c'mon, you have to understand that we serve what is prepared

DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB

So it takes 1.5 hours for u to get me 3 salads and pasta and it's not packed at all and slow by her standards https://t.co/zQL7tQRrIP

People who have followed Williams throughout his career know he has been generous with his money. Last year, he paid for 53 mammograms at hospitals in Pittsburgh and Charlotte, North Carolina, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There are those who believe a professional athlete, especially one making big bucks, should never stiff a server regardless of the service. It's the individual's call, though, and nobody can force that athlete to drop extra cash against their will. Of course, others say it's a bad look to publicly call out someone for leaving a bad tip.

There are always two sides to an argument.

Per TMZ Sports, Williams' server will be fired for how the situation was handled. Not only that, but the co-owner of the restaurant would like to extend a personal apology to the Steelers star and give him a meal on the house.



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