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The 10 Worst Tippers In Sports

Do you judge people based on how they tip? If you go out on a date with a guy and he leaves ten percent, does that mean the sex is gonna be terrible? Probably. Selfish people are rarely great in bed…

Athletes who make millions and tip like peons are the worst — we’ll get to the schmucks, but first three guys who are renowned for their tipping generosity:

Tamba Hali

Great guy, great linebacker, and left a $1,000 tip on a $1,827 bill because that’s what you should do when you’re rolling in dough like an enflamed baker…

Peyton Manning

Yeah, yeah. We all know Peyton loves chicken parm and tips well

Sir Charles Barkley

In the same rant on Conan where he described how terrible Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan (we’ll get to them later) are when it comes to gratuity, Barkley also revealed that he left a $25,000 tip after a massive blackjack run. The definition of a “degenerate gambler,” Charles’ reputation as a generous tipper goes beyond this one anecdote…





But enough about the nice guys — let’s get into the frustratingly frugal f***ers…

10. LeBron James

The King should get a pass because he’s donated a boatload of money to charity over the years, but this is the internet and the internet forgets nothing and gives no passes. LeBron and his friends (or “posse,” as Phil Jackson would say) stayed at XO Steakhouse in Miami until four in the morning, racked up an $800 bill, and offered one Alexander Hamilton as a tip. $10 on an $800 bill after the staff kept the restaurant open until 4am for you? To be fair, it seems like there was a misunderstanding and LBJ rectified the situation (perhaps under pressure from the story going public), but there’s other corroborating evidence out there of his tight-fistedness…




9. Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras hate each other, but Sampras never denied Agassi’s claim that Petey was a “$1 to the valet at a super swanky event” tipper. Sampras is a weird dude, which we’d forgive if he was generous to the little man, but apparently he’s not…




8. Dan Marino

Why did Dan Marino never win a Super Bowl? Terrible tipping karma. He’s the type of guy who allegedly throws down $10 on $200+ bills regularly

7. LeSean McCoy

McCoy’s known for being shifty, but the shiftiest move of Shady’s career came when he left a twenty-cent tip on a $61.56 bill. Few talk about it, but McCoy’s tip might have been the impetus for Chip Kelly shipping him out of Philadelphia…




6. Allen Iverson

Iverson’s another Philadelphia athlete with a bad reputation when it comes to taking care of the service industry. AI famously ditched a huge food + drink bill at a bachelor party. When the manager approached him as Iverson and his friends were exiting, The Answer’s answer was to throw two $100 bills on the ground like a complete dickwad….

5. Derrick Brooks

Brooks was a Bucs legend, so when a Tampa restaurant comped his meal, you’d think he’d reciprocate with at least $100 as a thank you, right? Well, you already know the answer is no, or else he wouldn’t be on this list. Brooks walked out without paying a dime and cemented his reputation as an anti-gratuitist…




4. Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather practically owns Vegas, which is why it’s not surprising that Hard Rock Cafe comped his $25,000 bill after his fight against Marcos Maidana, where Floyd took home north of $32 million. What’s also not surprising? Mayweather left the Hard Rock waitress $0 for four hours of enslavement to his entourage. Floyd Mayweather: you are the worst…

3. Scottie Pippen

“No Tippin’ Pippen” bragged to his teammates about being a terrible tipper, which makes us feel zero sympathy for him squandering all of his money




2. Michael Jordan

Barkley called Jordan “as cheap as they come,” and MJ built up a reputation (in Chicago and abroad) as the stingiest of the stingy. Rich Strafella, a long time gaming exec, shared a story of when Jordan tipped a waitress with a five dollar chip, only to have Wayne Gretzky take the chip back, give her one of MJ’s $100 chips, and remark, “That’s how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael.” At the beginning of his career he probably couldn’t afford to splurge on waiters and waitresses because of his gambling debts, but now? Come on, Jordan. Get your s*** together…




1. Tiger Woods

“You need a court order to get Tiger’s wallet open,” Rick Reilly once remarked to Conan O’Brien. It’s incredible that Woods and Jordan — the two richest people on this list aside from James and Mayweather — are such unabashed cheapskates. Wright Thompson, in a brilliant ESPN piece, details how Tiger went out to a dinner with a group of Navy SEALs who had spent weeks training him pro bono. The check comes and…Woods makes no motion to pick it up. The SEALs end up paying. Unreal.

Another story involves Tiger tipping a Vegas waitress five bucks, only to take the tip back when he realized that he’d tipped her earlier in the night. You’d think Tiger’s fondness for waitresses would make him a generous tipper, but apparently he just wants to give them his tip and make a run for it…

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