Andre Drummond Leaves $1K Tip at Florida Restaurant for Server Kassandra Diaz

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond plays against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of an NBA basketball gamein Cleveland. General manager Koby Altman wasn't necessarily in the market for another front court player, not with Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. already on the roster. But he said the chance to add a player of Drummond's caliber, a versatile, rebounding machine and proven veteran who will make the Cavs' younger players better immediately and perhaps in the future, was too enticing.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond provided support to a restaurant in Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Lois K. Solomon of the South Florida Sun Sentinel detailed, Drummond left a $1,000 tip on his $164.25 check at Che Restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida, on Sunday. The tip was for server Kassandra Diaz, who had to double-check with the Cavaliers center to make sure he intended to offer such a generous tip.

"He said, 'Of course, no problem,'" Jose Diaz, the restaurant's manager, said.

South Florida Sun Sentinel @SunSentinel

NBA star Andre Drummond leaves $1,000 tip at Delray Beach restaurant https://t.co/fh7j7xMiDJ https://t.co/NxzieOvJNT

Solomon noted Diaz left a lengthy message on her Instagram account saying in part: "I was shaking and had tears of happiness after what he left me. I had no idea how to react, I didn't want to draw attention but at the same time I couldn't describe the amount of appreciation I had/ have. It's so amazing to see people displaying acts of kindness in these uncertain times. This is a story I will never forget, thank you again so much."

Drummond responded to the message and said, "Thank you for being amazing."

Former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson is no stranger to leaving tips like that at restaurants and challenged fellow athletes to follow Drummond's example:

Chad Johnson @ochocinco

Now if i can get all my fellow athletes to start a tipping challenge every time we dine out 💎 https://t.co/W4GHLwW8R9

Johnson recently tweeted a picture of the $1,000 tip he left on a $37.40 bill at Havana's Cuban Cuisine in Cooper City, Florida, with a message that said: "Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU."

Chad Johnson @ochocinco

Proverbs 11:25 💫 https://t.co/vSPoh1U1BQ

As for Drummond, the 2019-20 season is his eighth in the NBA. He was on the Detroit Pistons his entire career until they traded him to Cleveland in February. He is a three-time rebounding champion and two-time All-Star who was named to the 2015-16 All-NBA third team.