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Evan Mathis strikes again

Evan Mathis is at it again.

In April, the Eagles guard messed with Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, leading Domowitch to believe Mathis would boycott offseason workouts.  Last night, Mathis messed with everyone, tweeting a photo of a phony $64,055.76 receipt from Del Frisco’s steakhouse with the caption, “Teaching rookies a lesson.”

Our Mike Wilkening spotted the ruse instantly, and Eagles center Jason Kelce has since told WIP radio in Philly that it was a fake.

“This was a complete hoax that was designed by Evan Mathis to mislead the media across the nation,” Kelce said.  “Apparently, it did its job. He spent all day making sure the prices were right, making sure everything looked good.”

Good one, Evan.  Now grow up.

Whether it’s lying to one reporter or lying to all of them, the lesson is that no one should listen to anything Mathis ever has to say, if he’s going to continue to engage in the pro athlete equivalent of having pizzas delivered to his next-door neighbor.

That’s hilarious.  When you’re 12.Regardless of what any players or fans think of the media, the media has a job to do, just like everyone else.  What Mathis has been doing is no different than a member of the media standing on the sidelines and shining a laser pointer in his eyes as he’s trying to prepare for the snap.That’s also hilarious.  When you’re 12.

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61 Responses to “Evan Mathis strikes again”
  1. ibleedblackandgold1979 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:55 AM

    I think it was funny. Maybe the media needs to lighten up, stop whining, and learn how to take a joke.

  2. holleywood9 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:55 AM

    No Fun League police are on duty today I see.

    Fun is for kids. Adults shouldn’t have fun. Grow up Peter Pan, Count choculah. And to think no one was hurt and people had a good laugh. The nerve of this man. He should be fined maybe even suspended.

  3. strockrocks says: Jun 13, 2014 9:55 AM

    I’m 44 and thought it was quite clever and funny. The media just has their feelings hurt. Now you know how it feels…

  4. beastmode5150 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:59 AM

    Yeah. Stop having fun Mathis, I mean jeez.

  5. dsimp724 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:01 AM

    You would think they would have thrown in the carmalized onions

  6. gobirds11 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:02 AM

    just because the media CAN cover everything 24/7, doesn’t mean that they SHOULD. good for mathis for making the media look like the tools that they really are. whatever happened to checking sources, etc? everyone wants to be “first” with a story. news flash: no one cares who got it first. they only care who got it RIGHT.

  7. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Jun 13, 2014 10:03 AM

    To be fair, the media will not hesitate to publish unconfirmed reports (usually coting “anonymous sources”) that paint a player in a negative light. I’m sure that gets very old after a while. A harmless prank should taken in stride.

  8. bwisnasky says: Jun 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    That’s the problem… the media takes itself too seriously in deciding what is news and what isn’t news… the simple fact of the matter is that the average person couldn’t care less about a 60,000 tab no matter who paid it… that’s more than a lot of people make in 2 years combined, and most people can’t even fathom it. Blaming Mathis or anyone else because the media is so gullible and anxious for a story to blow up is ridiculous. It is also the media’s responsibility to get all the facts before “reporting” a story, but too often times the media does not follow through as they are looking for the next big thing that will generate traffic. I personally miss the old days of newspapers… when you found out what was going on after 24 hours and there was time for stuff to settle down instead of everyone, including the media overreacting because someone sneezed or said the wrong thing.

  9. phiddysent says: Jun 13, 2014 10:05 AM

    The media sure is full of thin-skinned people…

  10. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 13, 2014 10:06 AM

    You really expect football players to mature emotionally beyond the 8th grade?

  11. cheesewizer says: Jun 13, 2014 10:08 AM

    Nothing better than this. Made an ass out of the media folks trying to make asses out of others. Beautiful.

  12. ijahru says: Jun 13, 2014 10:09 AM

    Good for you Mathis.

  13. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jun 13, 2014 10:15 AM

    When you know you are going to get a reaction, it makes it all the more hilarious

  14. eagles512 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:15 AM

    Everyone will love this but the media.

  15. unclepeat says: Jun 13, 2014 10:15 AM

    Fool me once, shame on you
    Fool me twice . . .

  16. Pat says: Jun 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    please apply cold water to burned area, Evan Mathis

  17. bayouranch says: Jun 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    I love it, it’s not like the “media” is fair to athletes either.

  18. dgforreal says: Jun 13, 2014 10:19 AM

    Lighten up. Sheesh.

    For all the misleading out context stuff that gets put out there by the media I can’t believe the ire this joke is getting.

  19. 6ball says: Jun 13, 2014 10:19 AM


    Not every rookie gets a multi million dollar deal. The Patriots 7th round choice received 47,000 in guaranteed money. How much of that should be spent indulging the likes of Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork?


  20. juanweiner says: Jun 13, 2014 10:19 AM

    Ahahahahaha! I wish this happened more often.

  21. hanifmiller says: Jun 13, 2014 10:24 AM

    “no one should listen to anything Mathis ever has to say…”

    Wait..What!? That’s a little extreme. I think the guy was just trying to have a little fun.

  22. greej1938l says: Jun 13, 2014 10:35 AM

    That’s hilarious!

  23. La Milicia Negra says: Jun 13, 2014 10:39 AM

    Well, first, its a big part of adulthood not to believe everything you see and hear. Furthermore its a HUGE part of being a journalist to question socalled facts. If you get your feelings hurt because of a source or an athlete lied to you, well honey, get over it, its their prerogative to do so.

    I wish more players, heck people would lie to the press so they actually starts doing their job they once did so well, when was it? in late 70’s?

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 13, 2014 10:42 AM

    Oh this wasn’t supposed to be funny, it’s modern art. Next piece coming up is titled Mona Lisa on Fire.

  25. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 13, 2014 10:49 AM

    Someone’s getting shelled on deadspin…

  26. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 13, 2014 10:52 AM

    Mathis is playing Gotcha with the industry that invented the game of Gotcha.
    And they don’t like it.

  27. selgaeinla says: Jun 13, 2014 10:58 AM

    Pre-draft is an acknowledged period of “smoke screens” AKA, lies, sent out by teams and due-fully reported by the same media that is complaining about this. How about the unsubstantiated reporting of drug test or IQ test results? Yea, no sympathy here.

  28. pittsburghdamned says: Jun 13, 2014 10:59 AM

    I actually love it.

    Now let’s get everyone to agree to do this to TMZ.

  29. jpash42 says: Jun 13, 2014 11:01 AM

    Great job!! ESPN, and especially the Philly media are trolls!!! He’s just following in Chips footsteps in messing w/ the media. You all should do yourself a favor and watch Chips day after news conf during the season, pure entertainment! My favorite exchange was after his first game vs Wash
    Reporter: Chip did you get a lot of calls/ texts after the game?
    Chip Kelly: Pauses…looks at the guy and says, are you asking me if I have friends!?? Yeah I guess I did. thanks for asking.

  30. dshane71 says: Jun 13, 2014 11:08 AM

    I’m with Mathis on this. This is humorous regardless of what age you are. His way of giving the “finger” to the media. Good for him. If he does his job in the locker room and on the field, I have no problem with this. He’s a Pro athlete, not a robot.

  31. profootballfansassociation says: Jun 13, 2014 11:13 AM

    So now it’s the Jaguars mascot and Evan Mathis we can never take serious again!

    hahaha you lost

  32. usdiveteam says: Jun 13, 2014 11:19 AM

    I thought it was funny and I’m 39.

  33. steelhammer92 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:09 PM

    He needs to stop acting like he’s 12? The media follows athletes around like 12 year olds, begging for a minute of the athlete’s’ time.

  34. shatho1 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:16 PM

    lmao, its about time the media got a taste of their own medicine. way to go Mathis.
    a cowboys fan

  35. Youknowimright says: Jun 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    He can’t afford that. He the only lineman that didn’t get paid with a new contract and he was a pro bowler. Now that’s funny evan. Now go get a new agent.

  36. jayyy1985 says: Jun 13, 2014 1:19 PM

    I guess I must be 12 also for finding this completely harmless prank funny.

  37. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 13, 2014 2:39 PM

    if you come to Philly, go to Del Frisco’s

  38. tootitan says: Jun 13, 2014 3:03 PM

    And above all, all us dedicated, take ourselves seriously, no sense of humor unless it’s at someone else’s expense ‘media’ types (to use the term loosely) should NEVER have to actually WORK and perform basic journalistic functions such as checking and re-checking our sources. We should just be allowed to continue cribbing other people’s ideas/articles/blogs and quoting or rewriting them with no responsibility for verifying the information.

    This is the attitude that creates anarchy, and I for one, would love to see more of these ‘pranks’.

  39. anothervoiceofreason says: Jun 13, 2014 3:03 PM

    SOME in the media CONSTANTLY report on every whispered rumor or innuendo without doing any kind of fact-checking first, and then bury their retractions to the formerly incorrect front-page story somewhere on page 56.

    If the media is upset about this practical joke, then maybe they should wonder why he even felt the need to pull it in the first place! I’m sick and tired of some players being targeted and splashed all over the headlines for supposed infractions that often never even occurred, or were grossly embellished with no supporting facts whatsoever.

    The intelligent readers reserve opinion until facts come out, but unfortunately there are a lot of people in this country who will believe anything they read (ie: “it’s gotta be true, because it’s on the internet”). Irresponsible reporting can ruin careers! BAM!!! This is exactly what those jump-the-gun type of reporters deserve!

  40. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jun 13, 2014 3:11 PM

    Lighten up Francis.

  41. bucfanforlife says: Jun 13, 2014 4:00 PM

    this is great maybe the media needs to do better research, than just write heresy all the time

  42. rcali says: Jun 13, 2014 4:03 PM

    Now this was a good one and a well deserved lesson. I think players should screw around a little more like this. Nobody gets hurt and we all get a good laugh.

  43. revskip says: Jun 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    Mathis just became a favorite player. Media types who are all too often printing stories that aren’t fact checked in an effort to “scoop” other outlets are irresponsible and do a great disservice to real newspeople.

    Mathis just managed to show which type of media person was which, anyone who jumped on the story before verifying knows which side of the fence they are on.

  44. 700levelvet says: Jun 13, 2014 4:58 PM

    It’s schmucks like Bob Costas, which makes this hilarious. A lot of the media thinks their opinions matter, as if every person should agree with their self serving diatribes on any given issues. Just report on the games. I’d buy him a beer for this, maybe two

  45. guvsta says: Jun 13, 2014 5:45 PM

    Get a sense of humour.

  46. mungman69 says: Jun 13, 2014 6:59 PM

    That was pretty cool.

  47. mcmystery76 says: Jun 13, 2014 7:33 PM

    I would argue that “reporting” on phony bills, and all the other assorted nonsense the media rushes through to print without actually checking sources or doing any sort of research, is for 12 years olds. I will leave PFT exempt from that criticism cuz I think you’re the best in the business, but sports media is a friggin joke right now.

  48. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Jun 13, 2014 7:56 PM

    The media dogs these dudes all day. Someone plays a prank and it’s the end of the world? It was pretty funny

  49. rebelphotographer says: Jun 13, 2014 8:09 PM

    So… You got punked and now you’re bent out of shape? That’s hilarious.

  50. wheezerswin says: Jun 13, 2014 9:15 PM

    Harmless humor. Clever at that. Media hates being embarrassed. The same media that will dress down an athlete at the slightest allegation true or untrue, if said athlete “gets to big for their britches”. This is why Mathis continues to mess with you

  51. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 13, 2014 9:18 PM

    judging from the thumbs up tally, you’ve been owned…

  52. Jonny 5 says: Jun 14, 2014 6:52 AM

    When you get burned like this it’s appropriate to tip your cap. This? Thin skinned baby comes to mind.

  53. oldfart55 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m 55 and I find this funny. The media engages in news creation all the time. How many trade rumors have ended up just being a reporter trying to increase readership even though there was no rumor, etc (Bleacher Report is one of the worst offenders when it comes to this). Mathis showed the media for what it is becoming, a bunch of fools.

  54. sadclefan says: Jun 14, 2014 12:24 PM

    Why was “auto gratuity” only 3%? Dude is a terrible tipper.

  55. phillyphan420 says: Jun 14, 2014 4:04 PM

    Thank you for further adding to the reactions Mathis was going for, and thus, making his prank that much more awesome.

  56. keifer1751 says: Jun 14, 2014 5:51 PM

    This is funny. A grown man having fun. What the hell is wrong with that?

  57. bleedingreen84 says: Jun 14, 2014 6:59 PM

    “You got got! You got got!” -Pauly Shore, Entourage.

    The media could have called the restaurant to fact check before running with it, but like a 12 year old they didn’t do their homework.

  58. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 14, 2014 8:28 PM


  59. 23rdusernameused says: Jun 16, 2014 11:31 AM

    You go Evan!!! AWESOME!!!

    “Good one, Evan. Now grow up.”
    waaaaaaaaa, Florio, call the wambulance as my son always says!!! You’re only mad b/c you got fooled too!! SUCKER!

    Keep it up Mathis! We love you!
    fly eagles fly

    E A G L E S EAGLES!!!!

  60. ncpfl says: Jun 16, 2014 11:54 AM

    Like it, No, I LOVE IT!
    This is the kind of prank that is hilarious, why? Because nobody really gets hurt …just the feelings of some thin skinned media personalities who cry every time something doesn’t go their way. Tough tatas!!! :0)

  61. 23rdusernameused says: Jun 16, 2014 12:05 PM

    “Whether it’s lying to one reporter or lying to all of them, the lesson is that no one should listen to anything Mathis ever has to say, if he’s going to continue to engage in the pro athlete equivalent of having pizzas delivered to his next-door neighbor.”

    cry me a river Flo… you baby!!!!

    now go do some real reporting… er… um.. copying and pasting from other “reporters”, DOOF!

    LOVE YA MATHIS!!! You are one funny man!!!

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