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NFL player defends 20-cent tip for 'disrespectful' service

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Philadelphia Eagles Running Back LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Running Back LeSean McCoy
NBC News - LeSean McCoy was asked Thursday if he learned anything about being a celebrity from TipGate.

“No,” was his simple response.

McCoy, a two-time first-team All-Pro and the NFL's rushing leader last year, defended the 20-cent tip he left earlier this week after eating at a local restaurant, saying it was simply an appropriate response to “disrespectful” service.

The 20-cent tip on a $61.56 bill -- which works out to a .32 percent tip -- somehow became a national story the same week as the Ray Rice video became known.

On Thursday, McCoy spoke for the first time about the tip and explained his reasoning.

“Just to be honest, I tip on my service, and there's a difference between good service and bad service and just having a bad day,” he said. “There's a big difference with between being rude and just disrespectful. That's how that works.

“Listen, anybody that knows me knows I'm not disrespectful. Any restaurant that I go around in Philadelphia, I tip very well. I'm very respectful. You check on that restaurant and everybody is talking bad about that place.”

Then he smiled and added, “But good food.”

McCoy ate with a party of four Monday afternoon at PYT on North Hancock Street, and the receipt went viral after the restaurant's owner, Tommy Up, posted the receipt on Facebook.

Up has said McCoy and his group were abusive, but McCoy said his waiter was disrespectful.

He said he used his Visa card to pay for the meal instead of using cash because he wanted to make sure restaurant management knew who he was.

“The 20-cent tip was more just kind of a statement,” he said. “You can't just disrespect somebody and [expect] them to tip you. I don't care who the person is. That's why I left my card, so they could see my name. Simple as that."

McCoy was asked about the report that actor Charlie Sheen -- who has spent much of his career in legal trouble and in 2009 was arrested for assaulting his wife -- had offered to pay the waiter $1,000.

“That's cool,” McCoy said. “I'm happy he's finally doing something positive.”

McCoy finished, adding: “On another note, I didn't do anything wrong.”
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