After initially backing out of a promise to buy season tickets for a fan over a March Madness bet, Falcons receiver Roddy White has been shamed into paying up.
White brought 20-year-old Dylan Hoyt to training camp this week to pay off in person on his vow to give Hoyt season tickets if Mercer beat Duke in the NCAA Tournament. When that upset happened, White initially said he had no intention of paying up, but he has since thought better of it.
“Never bet anything unless you’re willing to pay up,” White told the Atlanta Journal-Consitution.
In fact, White went further than just giving Hoyt season tickets. White is also hooking Hoyt up with two Super Bowl tickets and sideline passes to a Falcons game, in addition to the training camp visit.
For his part, Hoyt says he didn’t think White had to do any of it. Hoyt says that although he’s a Mercer fan, he wasn’t really expecting his team to beat Duke, and he also didn’t think White was serious when he engaged in some good-natured Twitter trash talk before the game.
“Honestly, I didn’t think Mercer was gonna win,” Hoyt said. “I just thought, why be that fan who just wants to get free stuff? I didn’t want to be that guy. I was cool with nothing. Next thing you know everybody [on Twitter] just jumped on his case.
Those people jumping on White’s case got him to do the right thing — and then some.