NFL rookie lumped with teammates' huge dining bill
WHEN you have a 152kg teammate with the nickname "BBQ”, splitting a dinner bill was always going to be a difficult minefield to negotiate.
Houston Texans rookie K.J. Dillon walked right into the ambush.
The 23-year-old safety was left to foot the bill at a team dinner that got a little out of hand.
Dillon was left staring at a check of $US16,255 ($22,364) after a group dinner to celebrate the Texans' thrilling 21-20 comeback win over Jacksonville earlier this week.
With a 10% tip for the service staff, Dillon is looking at a payment of about $US18,000.
It was a truly happy occasion, right up until the bill got plonked in front of the West Virginia University product.
His teammates wolfed down $349.65 of sea bass with lobster and racked up $105.90 on two servings of filet mignon.
Hennesy Paradis Imperial cognac was the beverage of choice - apparently. Between them, the group put away $7700 of the rare cognac, which can be bought in Australia for about $900 for a 700ml bottle.
It means Dillon was responsible for ordering 0.07% of his group's total bill.
The scene of a rookie getting stuck with a team bill is nothing new in the NFL.
However, this is not a clear-cut case of a mega-rich athlete paying an exorbitant will with the pocket change from his seven-figure salary.
Recruited by Houston as the 22nd pick of the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft - the No.159 pick overall - Dillon reportedly scored a four-year contract that could be worth $2.6 million if he activates every performance-based clause in his contract.
This season he was paid $374,000 after receiving a signing bonus of $235,000.
He is yet to make his NFL debut and can be cut at any time without receiving any payout for the remaining three years on his deal.
The $16,255 bill might be a little bit easier for Dillon to cover than some, but it's still a hefty whack to his personal finances.
Thankfully, he seems to have a pretty good sense of humour about the whole thing.
After being inundated with concerned queries from fans on social media about how he has been recovering from the stitch-up, Dillon let everyone know things aren't desperate just yet.