This is an article about Falcons rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, but it isn't really an article about football. So if you're looking for a story about McKinley's impact on the Falcons' budding defense, you're going to be disappointed.
Instead, this is a story about McKinley's hair, how a chunk of it wound up on eBay, and nearly sold for more money than you would ever guess. So, if that's the kind of story you're looking for, stay right here.
So, here's what happened. On Friday morning, McKinley discovered that someone was selling a dreadlock that detached itself from his head during the Falcons' win over the Lions on Sunday.
The starting bid was $1 (plus $5 shipping), which still seems like an overpay for a piece of hair -- no offense, Takk. Quickly, though, the bids climbed from $1 to $51 to $1,025.
People really auctioning for the dread tho.. it's at 51$ 🤦🏿♀️— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) September 29, 2017
The bid is officially at 1,025$ 😳 I think it's time to cut my dreads off and sell them 🤷🏿♀️— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) September 29, 2017
Then to $5,000.
Update 5,000$— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) September 29, 2017
And then to $10,000.
Update 10,000$— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) September 29, 2017
Naturally, questions come to mind. Is that really his hair? Why would someone want to pay for it? Why isn't McKinley turning this into a lucrative business by selling his hair himself?
I do not have answers to these questions. I can tell you, though, that the bidding reached $11,000 before it was removed from eBay, according to McKinley.