By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 11, 2014
Charles Barkley is known to be one of the most generous tippers among professional athletes. In fact, his kindness when it comes to taking care of the working class is the stuff of legend in Las Vegas. Even though athletes can be very cheap, Barkley proves that not all sports stars deserve a bad name when it comes to leaving tip. Here are 10 athletes who are very generous tippers.
David Beckham is one of the nicest athletes in the world, which is why it shouldn’t be a surprised that he’s also one of the best tippers. At a bar in California, Beckham hung out with a few of his L.A. Galaxy teammates. The group rang up a 100-dollar tab after a few beers and appetizers. Despite only drinking mineral water the entire time, Beckham left 900 dollars for the tip. He also signed autographs for anyone who asked him.
Warren Sapp takes care of the wait staff even if they don’t have his preferred fine cognac in stock. Even though the former defensive lineman filed for bankruptcy, he still manages to leave good tips and treat the servers with respect.
Former tennis star Andre Agassi ordered 60 dollars’ worth of food at a restaurant in Washington D.C. He was nice to the people around him and even signed autographs for fans. When it came time to leave a tip, Agassi gave the server 100 dollars.
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook knew how much he meant to the Eagles fan base. Every time he would go into restaurants in Philadelphia, he made sure to be as nice as possible and always left a very good tip.
Eric Brown, formerly of the Houston Texans, would consistently place orders of around 150-200 dollars at a restaurant in Texas. The worst tip he ever left on one of those tabs was 60 dollars.
Former New England Patriots defense end Chris Slade visited the same restaurant in Pittsburgh when he visited his cousin, who was an athlete at Pitt. Slade was always exceptionally nice to the bartenders and servers. What was even more remarkable was that he would almost always leave a 100-percent tip.
Former running back Marion Barber racked up a 14,000-dollar tab at a nightclub in New York City. Before leaving with his friends, he left the waitresses 3,000 dollars for a tip.
Peyton Manning is one of the nicest guys around. The quarterback racked up a 625-dollar bill at a steakhouse in Raleigh, N.C. back in 2012. The restaurant automatically adds an 18 percent gratuity, which brought the bill to 739 dollars. Manning decided to add 200 dollars on top of that and left the waiter with a 314-dollar tip.
Kobe Bryant has all the money in the world, but that doesn’t mean he has to leave good tips because of it. The good news for his fans is that there’s at least one instance in which he showed respect for the wait staff. Bryant was in the VIP area of a nightclub and purchased two bottles of champagne for his friends. Even though he only drank water, the basketball star handed the waitresses a 2,000-dollar tip on his way out.
There are hundreds of stories about how great of a tipper Barkley is. However, it wasn’t until his recent appearance on Conan that we actually found out how legit he truly is. When asked what a crazy tip for him would be, Barkley responded with 25,000 dollars. Granted, it was at a blackjack table where he had walked away with 700,000 dollars, but the fact that he did it is all that matters.
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