Eagles' Mathis calls $64,000 dinner bill 'teaching rookies a lesson'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Yep, that's more than $64,000 for 16 'guests.' (@EvanMathis69)
Yep, that's more than $64,000 for 16 'guests.' (@EvanMathis69)

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Nothing says welcome to the NFL like rookies having to pick up the tab for a ridiculously expensive dinner, courtesy of their veteran teammates. The latest example, via Eagles offensive guard Evan Mathis:

In case you can't make out the the exact dollar amounts, we've gone through the trouble of enlarging the image for you.

Click to enlarge. (@EvanMathis69)
Click to enlarge. (@EvanMathis69)

The highlights:

* 16 guests
* Almost $47,000 for cabernet
* Another $12,000 for Remy Martin
* $60 worth of Old Fashions (!)
* $4 for an iced tea
* Taxes on the $56,809.50 bill came out to $5,541.98 ($1,704.28 auto gratuity included!)

A good time was had by ... everybody but the rookies.

And even if you're the rookie who insists he won't be hazed, just know that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant tried that in 2010. While he successfully refused to carry his teammates' shoulder pads, he later got stuck with a $54,000 dinner bill.

"They got the young fella," said Bryant's adviser, David Wells, said at the time. "What could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a month."

Meanwhile, the NFL has been making the rounds this offseason, talking to all 32 teams about proper locker room behavior in the wake of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal. Someone brought this to Mathis' attention on Twitter, and the Eagles guard promptly retweeted it:

Of course, Mathis also tweeted this, which means the whole thing could just be one big joke (save the part about somebody having to cough up $64,000).

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