Jed York responds to Tim Kawakami’s complaint over $2,100 dinner bill

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Recently, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News told a story during his podcast of being stuck with a large dinner bill after losing a bet with 49ers CEO Jed York regarding the timely opening of the team’s stadium.

The Seinfeld-style “levels” wager had Kawakami predicting that the venue wouldn’t be finished in time for the 2014 season, with a meal on the line. The stadium was indeed completed before the deadline, and York brought his wife along for the dinner at French Laundry — an expensive restaurant.

Kawakami ultimately picked up the full tab for himself, York, and York’s wife, for a grand total of $2,100. Via Deadspin, Kawakami seemed to be more bothered by the fact that York was oblivious to the relative impact of that kind of an expense to the overall budget of a man of Kawakami’s means.

“If I thought Jed was sticking it to me, I’d almost be OK with it,” Kawakami said. “I don’t even think he knew. I don’t think he knew what $2,100 means to a sportswriter who didn’t inherit a billion-dollar team.”

In a statement issued by the 49ers to PFT, York responded to Kawakami’s complaint.

“The bet took place two years ago and Tim has never shared his concerns about the dinner with me,” York said. “I am happy to speak with Tim one-on-one so we can all move forward.”

It’s indeed odd that Kawakami never conveyed his concern privately to York or to the team, opting instead to broadcast the complaint publicly two years later. It’s even more odd that Kawakami — who ordinarily isn’t bashful about asking tough questions or communicating candid opinions — didn’t say to York at the time, “I’m not paying for your wife’s meal.”

168 responses to “Jed York responds to Tim Kawakami’s complaint over $2,100 dinner bill

  1. Its always the richest ones that are the cheapest. Billionaire winning the bet, he shoulda let the guy get a pass on the dinner, or at least the tab. But to really make him pay, AND bring your wife?

    This is why his family made bills. You could put a lump of coal up his…and get a diamond.

  2. For those who haven’t listened to the podcast, the deal was Kawakami would buy York and Matt Barrows lunch, if the Niners indeed opened a new stadium by 2014. The Niners did, and Kawakami did buy the lunch.

    HOWEVER, York called and asked Tim if he could bring his wife along, but he wouldn’t have to pay for her. Tim agreed.

    They go to lunch, the bill comes, and Tim is stuck paying for York AND his wife, despite being told he wouldn’t have to.

    I mean, good lord. What a spiteful little man.

  3. Big bad Jed is going to comment on this but not the tire fire that is going to be his legacy. Besides that Jed has shunned Tim for telling the truth. Arrogant, nepotistic turd!

  4. Disgusting that any eatery could even imagine that $2,100 is an appropriate amount for 3 people to have dinner. I don’t care how good it is said to be, you were robbed and didn’t even know it!

  5. Rules to live by…
    When writing on your twitter account, re-read before you send..
    Never bet anyone or anything if your broke.

    These rules can keep you a happy person in life.
    Thank you..

  6. Kawakami is a vengeful human being. Everybody in bay area knows that. None of this articles have any merit. For him its always about getting back at somebody.

    Jed should have picked up the check. But don’t be sympathetic to Wackowami. He doesn’t deserve it.

  7. It never occurred to him that a newspaper columnist paying for a dinner at a world renowned restaurant, for a person he wasn’t even supposed to cover, when he himself is worth millions would be a problem?

    If I were York, I’d pick up the tab just on the principle that I’m worth millions more than Kawakami and newspaper jobs are on the verge of extinction.

  8. He lost so he had to pay. If the bet stipulated (as I suspect it did) winner gets to choose restaraunt and wives are included then a bets a bet.

    Honorable payment of gambling debts, along with the opposable thumb, is what separates us from the animals. And from Aaron Rogers apparently.

  9. Two observations.. You make a bet, you lose a bet, you pay the bet. You should have thought about the cost before you made the bet. Stop crying.. And.. What the h**l do you eat at one sitting that costs $2100 US??

  10. Al Davis got a lot of things wrong….but a busted clock is right twice a day. He was right about Kawakami being a bit of a douche.

  11. Im a Charger fan and we have the same nepotism issues with the Spanos family. Really hard to run a team when you did nothing to deserve it. It usually ends up with embarrassment and no rings.

  12. Uhhh no. Kawakami’s pov is pretty understandable. Billionare Jed York doesn’t understand how expensive a 2100 meal is for a normal person. It’s kind of a humorous anecdote.

  13. We all know in the bay area that TK a loathing contrarian whiner. He’s set his targets on the niners FO after relentless bashing of “pope” Harbaugh. Now that Harbaugh is ousted, he bashes the FO for leaks that he was the beneficiary of. Now Harbaugh is a victim of this FO and a “friend” of his.

    I make no apologies for York who’s got his own problems but sticking to two-bit Tim Kawakami with a $2,100 bill for a bet TK made certainly isn’t of one of em.

  14. Dude, you can’t bring your wife along for the dinner bet. He made a bet with you. Why the hell would you bring her along?

  15. Not a York fan, but Kawakami makes him seem a gentleman by comparison. Hard to believe I am saying this, but “way to stick it to that jerk Jed!”

  16. I have no problem with the way Kawakami went public because it gives us all insight into how out of touch York really is. He will never understand the fans of his team because he lives in a different world and doesn’t even realize it. The insensitivity York displayed at this dinner helps explain some of the odd and seamingly brainless decisions he has made regarding his team. I am afraid the 49ers will never return to glory when someone so out to lunch is calling the shots.

  17. How much you want to bet kawakamis wrote that amount off his taxes? Business expense and all…….

  18. For once I’m actually going to applaud Jed York for something, cause this is actually pretty dang funny. And with all the bashing and constant negative articles Kawakami loves to write about Jed, he’s lucky Jed just didn’t run the dinner bill up a couple more thousand dollars knowing full well Kawakami could never afford it and that this complete hack of a sportswriter would be scrubbing dishes until next year’s super bowl lol.

  19. so tim why did you make a bet you can’t honor. I see Tim trying to make Jed look bad here, but it backfired. you’re the one looking dishonest.

  20. I really have no ill will towards the 49ers… but what’s happened over the last couple years? They’ve gone from a model franchise for a couple decades to a Browns like level of embarrassment.

  21. It wasn’t even the size of the bill that hurt Tim the most, it was when Jed’s wife assumed he was a server and kept sending him to the kitchen for fresh glasses of wine and finger snacks.

  22. That explains all the bad press from Kawakami over the last two years. Don’t be butt hurt Timmay! Shouldn’t have made a bet your butt couldn’t handle

  23. Never in my whole life I would bend that fare to something like this. Sure as hell I would hate it, but I would take a part time night job to pay the bill.
    I really can´t believe how someone could go public like this for losing a bet – I would hate myself and wouldn´t be able to look in the mirror.

  24. This can’t be surprising to anyone. York has no concept of money or what it’s like to earn it. Everything has been handed to him by mommy and daddy his whole life. I am disappointed that Tim didn’t flat out tell him that York’s wife’s meal wasn’t part of the deal. I am not surprised in the slightest that York brought her and just assumed it would be ok and that her meal would be covered too.

  25. It sounds like Mr. Kawakami has first hand experience with what it is that the 1% are doing to the rest of us.

  26. I like Kawakami cuz he isn’t afraid to ask tough questions and give a strong opinion on the dumpster fire that is the Santa Claras but he made the bet. Did jed stick it to him a little bit? Sure.

    Kawakami made a bet with a guy who wanted to stick it to him, live and learn Kawakami.

  27. York called Kawakami and asked if he could bring his wife and that he wouldn’t have to pay for her. York knew exactly what he was doing.

  28. Life lesson: don’t make a bet with a billionaire unless you can afford the wager…without crying about it. But than again I thought owners like players weren’t allowed to make bets.

  29. I don’t know the parameters of the bet but when you offer to pay for a billionaire’s dinner at an expensive restaurant and his wife is attending, you should’ve noticed some red flags before anything was even ordered. I guess this guy isn’t exactly an investigative journalist.

  30. I’m no fan of York’s.. but come on! Kawakami is just being petty.. at best. Yes, two grand for a dinner for three is alot for many many people.. but think of the potential “source” he just burned up.

    Ok, so he had to pay-up for his bet.. deal with it. The major upside is that you then possibly develop an “in” with the owner, and as a sports writer, that is PURE GOLD!

    I have zero empathy for Kawakami. Suck it up buttercup!

  31. Kawakami needs to shut up. You made a bet you didn’t say where dinner was going to be at. You lost pay up like a man and quit crying. If you can deal with it don’t bet with the big boys, Kawakami should have known he’s not in the big boys league. SMH

  32. Kawakami should keep his mouth shut then, welching on bets is a low trick. I dislike York as much as then next man. But he set it up, Jed has every right to cash it. Screw you Timmy boy.

    From Top Gun

    “Son your mouth is writing cheques your body cant cash”

    Maybe next time he cleans the balls of Baalke & co he will remember how hard his self righteous potifications are to swallow for the rest of the Faithful.

    Grow a pair Timmy, put up and shut up.

  33. What’s the adage, you’re mouths writing checks your body can’t cash…

    Don’t go betting with owner’s of NFL teams then Tim Tim..

  34. Why would one make a wager like that without some kind of dollar limit?

    Kawakami demonstrated a costly lack of judgment. Why would he think that a billionaire could relate to the impact of such an expensive dinner on the budget of a sports writer? Hell, why did he think that York would care?

  35. Kawakami is the same guy who blocks people on social media for not agreeing with him. This story about how he comes up the losing side of a bet and how he’s a sore loser about it is not surprising in the least

  36. York shouldn’t have brought his wife,but Tim K.,a great reporter/truth getter,should’ve told York his wife had to pay for her meal. Anyway,this shows how narrow minded York is,in thinking a local paper reporter could afford such a meal at a Restaurant likeFrench Laundry.

  37. For a wealthy guy like York a 2100 dollar food bill is just another night out. Its the dumb sportswriters fault for making the bet. Next time goto McDonalds.

  38. There are so many of us who struggle to make ends meet. My wife and I only manage to go out to eat three or four times a year…and I can assure you that the total bill is a little less than $2’100.oo. At the same time, why would you even put yourself in a position to loose that much money? It is obvious that “York was oblivious to the relative impact of that kind of an expense to the overall budget of a man of Kawakami’s means.”

  39. Another whining liberal so-called “reporter” .. if you can’t pay then don’t bet. Probably figured he could lose the bet and still get a free expensive meal – typical Democrat.

  40. Kawakami is a awful sportswriter. I’m happy he paid for an expensive meal that he can’t afford. By the way, he lost the bet, so shut up and pay up!

  41. Tim shouldn’t make a bet that he can’t or doesn’t want to pay. I can’t stand Jed and Tim is a D Bag. Good for you Jed, don’t give him a dime.

  42. I know everyone will Jump on Jed. But, I think all real Niner fans were happy to see this. Tim Kawakami is a scumbag. He does nothing but bash the 49ers every chance he gets

  43. And the moral of the story is: billionaires don’t become rich by being gentlemanly, so don’t bet with one if you can’t afford to lose more than you bargained for. And if you do and he cheekily brings his wife, you should equally cheekily turn the meal into a free interview for the paper and put it on expenses.

    Oh, and if you don’t tackle something privately at the time or since, don’t just publicly bitch and moan about it years later unless you want everyone to think you’re a 12yr-old drama queen.

  44. Have to agree with the guy on the sportswriter’s salary. York is a spoiled , silver spoon tool who was born on 3rd base on thought he’d hit a triple.

    To bring his wife along to the very upscale French Laundry shows that he hasn’t got a clue about how most people live.

  45. The entire point is about the billionaire owner being oblivious to what $2,100 means to a sports writer. Not Kawakami’s decision to make it public two years later.

  46. Jed York should have known better. We all remember what happened when Tim Kawakami stiffed then Raiders executive John Herrera with the dinner tab……

  47. He bet York lunch over Twitter. Not dinner at one of the Bay areas most expensive spots.

  48. It’s pretty simple, really. Don’t write a check that your arse can’t cash. When you make a bet with a billionaire, and lose, spending $2100 sounds pretty reasonable. Publicly whining like a beeyotch and lamenting that the billionaire just doesn’t appreciate how much money $2100 is is such bad form. San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the entire world. Im pretty sure if the pipsqueak reporter had won the bet he would have expected to be privately jetted to Paris by York.

  49. ….” It’s indeed odd that Kawakami never conveyed his concern privately to York or to the team, opting instead to broadcast the complaint publicly two years later. It’s even more odd that Kawakami — who ordinarily isn’t bashful about asking tough questions or communicating candid opinions — didn’t say to York at the time, “I’m not paying for your wife’s meal.””…..

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    that behavior isn’t odd at all in that circumstance, Kawakami relies on his relationship with various members of the nfl to do his job, so he had to be accommodating to York way back when… and most likely York was one of his serious big contacts at the time

    why did he mention it now? maybe he developed sufficient new contacts to be able to circumvent York’s info. maybe he wanted to wait a long while before addressing it for varo, maybe York didn’t want to deal with the issue at the time and Kawakami agreed to let York have some breathing room, maybe York backed into his car in the local grocery store parking lot and refused to pay

    whatever the reason it’s coming up now, it isn’t the least bit unusual for a guy doing a relationship building type of career to hold off on taking negative action in the press in order to build additional relationships.

    not the least bit surprising

  50. Kawakami blocked me on Twitter for suggesting he might be wrong. I wasn’t profane, vulgar or demeaning in any way; he was just really thin-skinned.

    And he probably could have done the math the second the restaurant was chosen. Don’t feel sorry for him.

  51. What a whining baby. Man-up, you ran your mouth and lost and oh by the way man up twice and pick a restaurant you can afford.

    To the victor goes the spoils, to the loser the whining!

    Whah

  52. york had to be sticking it to him. i worked almost a decade in the business…from my freshman year in high school until i graduated college. my family owns 5 restaurants and/or gastro pubs in center city philadelphia, and i’ve eaten at the some of the nicest and most expensive restaurants the east cost has to offer. now i don’t this restaurant well, or their pricing, but for three people to have a $2,100 bill, assuming it was before the tip was included, is almost impossible without someone intentionally ordering certain things. my guess is york picked the best wine the place had which could easily be $300+ a bottle and made sure to get 2-3 throughout the meal. other than that its impossible. no restaurant runs you $700 a head for some appetizers and three entrees. but this dude has no business complaining…don’t bet a meal with a billionaire and then complain about the cost

  53. Kawakami was also a sports commentator on a local TV station, and you can tell that he was biased against the 49ers, attacking QB Colin Kaepernick and claiming that he used an obscene phrase on the field during the game, for which Kap was penalized by the ref. Kap appealed the fine, and the investigator said there was no evidence that Kap used that phrase. Kawakami also predicted Harbaugh wont be with the 49ers within 48 hours after the end of the season. York didn’t even know that because Harbaugh quit after talking with him. The media, including Kawakami, claimed that Harbaugh was fired, and even produced a podcast interviewing Harbaugh to prove it. Kawakami also claimed that the same people who got rid of Harbaugh is trying to get rid of Kap. Obviously he has a lot of insider information on Harbaugh quitting and the subsequent media campaign of someone in the media trying to push Kap off the 49ers. If sportswriters make very little money, then they would be susceptible to bribes being handed out to say whatever he is told to say. If there is a rich person handing out money to sportswriters to trash Harbaught, York, Baalke the GM, and Kap, then there will be sportswriters lined up to take it.

    Little wonder many sportswriters are singing the same tune that the Niners had a horrible draft because they picked Johsua Garnett, the highest rated blocking guard in the draft and a potential Mike Iupati clone, a G who left the Niners as a free agent and who was the best run blocker on the team. Corruption is rampant in the sports reporting business and in the media in general.

  54. Both are idiots.
    Kawakami for making that bet & then going to such an expensive restaurant.

    And York… well he’s York.
    STUPIDEST owner in the NFL.

  55. How was Kawakami forced to pay, at gun point?
    Just say “Your wifes portion isn’t covered”.
    Was there a written contract that was witnessed?

  56. He LOST a bet. Maybe he’ll shut his trap next time.

    It’s called, ‘A teachable moment.’

  57. There is zero evidence that Harbaugh was fired because there is zero report that Harbaugh received a single penny of the $5 million he is owed for the final year of his 5 year contract. He would have been entitled to collect that if he was indeed fired. Yet the media, including Kawakami, continued to insist that Harbaugh was fired. Further, during the 2014 season, there was weekly stories bashing Harbaugh for a variety of made up stories, including supposed locker room discord, and that the players wanted him fired. Even though Harbaugh was one of the most successful NFL head coaches, the media bashed him endlessly, and they predicted weeks in advance that he would not be back the next season. It is a shameful campaign by the media to force Harbaugh to quit and Kawakami was an integral part of that campaign. Now people in the same campaign are bashing Jed York, GM Trent Baalke and QB Colin Kaepernick.

  58. Well, given the recent state of events in our nation, where people get to define their own reality and impose that reality on everyone else, Kawakami should have just handed the waiter a $100 bill and told him this:

    “Here’s $2100 plus the tip. I know it may look like just $100 to you, but to me it’s $2100. If you insist on demanding that I pay you more, I will sue you for violating my civil right to my own version of reality. You have no right to violate my reality.”

    That would have taken care of it.

  59. The funniest thing about this bet is it wasn’t about football but stadium construction. Does Vegas post lines on those deadlines?
    Talk about what you know…

  60. He obviously thought it would get him more access to the team – it obviously didn’t…that was the real bet & he lost that, too.

  61. An NFL team employee GAMBLING with a journalist???? and Roger Goodell out looking around for cold, wet footballs in a 45-7 game, hmmm, No gambling from team employees is nothing like the 1919 White Sox. GAMBLING!!!!!!!!!!! Good grief

  62. Sounds like an expensive bottle of whine. The French Laundry? First mistake, Tim. You want to control the bill amount go to Applebee’s.

  63. Some of you guys are weird. If you make a dinner bet, you don’t expect it to run $2100. At least a normal person doesn’t. And the dude didn’t welsh on it. It’s an peak into the bizarre oblivious world of a billionaire lol.

  64. Quit complaining. If you are dumb enough to make the bet you better be able to pay up.

  65. York’s response to this is kind of highlighting his point. Saying he didn’t know Kawakami would be concerned with a $2100 bill is showing how out of touch he is. Obviously dumb of Kawakami to make this bet though.

  66. Tim Kawakami is an arrogant jerk and everyone in the bay does not like him.
    I for one think it’s funny that Timmy got suckered into a large tab. Move out Tim and pay the bill now!

  67. If you cannot pay a bet….don;t make a bet. To whine about it after the fact is bushleague.

  68. Look the one thing Jed got right was getting Levi built that is really his legacy…..well that and destroying our Niners :), but c’mon Timmy by making the bet you were calling out Jed and his ability to get it done (many people have tried to get a stadium built in CA, and cannot).

    Once you did that it was game on and if no parameters we set beforehand Jed was well within his rights to put the screws to you……that’s exactly what you did to him Timmy……Dont let you mouth write checks that your bank account cant cash and then go cry about it publicly……lame dude

  69. Kawakami should consider this a life lesson. Dont make bets that your pocketbook cant handle. Its irrelevant how much money either party has, a bet is a bet. Suck it up buttercup.

  70. What could you possibly get that would cost that much for three people? I hope the total included the tip.

  71. French Laundry – The Tasting menu is $310.00 per plate and include gratuity. Jed brings his wife, that’s $930.00 for the meal.

    Wine is anywhere from $20.00 per glass to $13,500 for a 1928 bottle of Château d’Yquem

    You could say Jed let him off easy.

    Personally – I’d punch my friend in the face if he ordered $1,170 worth of wine for him and his wife to make good on our dinner bet.

  72. “you make a dinner bet, you don’t expect it to run $2100”

    Dinner at the French Laundry was part of the bet. You dont go eat there expecting to spend less than a few hundred per person. Its one of the most exclusive restaurants in the U.S.

  73. Hey Tim…ever heard the saying “Stay in your lane”? This is what happens when you don’t stay in your lane.

    Reminds me of 2 friends of mine arguing on the golf course. In the midst of the argument Perry says to Hank..$50 you miss this putt. Well Hank was agitated and couldn’t resist. Of course Hank misses the putt…badly. Perry wants his money. Hank honestly didn’t have $50 to spare and Perry knew it. However, it’s the principle…and Hank, like Tim, didn’t stay in his lane.

  74. York delivered the kid a lesson. He thought he was big and tough when he was making the bet against York. He doesn’t fell so tough now though…. Next time kid, keep your mouth shut.

  75. “Kawakami is a vengeful human being.”

    You got that right. If you post anything on his blog that is remotely critical of his reasoning, you will get deleted and banned! Very strange behavior indeed.

  76. Dinner at the French Laundry was part of the bet. You dont go eat there expecting to spend less than a few hundred per person. Its one of the most exclusive restaurants in the U.S.

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    Ok that detail wasn’t in this write up. That changes things. I thought the wager was just for dinner and the ended up going to French Laundry. I didn’t realize that the wager was for dinner at the French Laundry. He really shouldn’t have made that bet then.

  77. I’d like to have the $$$ that restaurant rakes in on one weekend. I’ve always said the best kind of business to own is one that sells vastly overpriced items to rich people. The rich, especially those who inherited a fortune are suckers and pay through the nose for just about anything with this perceived value and prestige. Sickening.

  78. Where did he think billionaires went to dinner? Outback Steakhouse? Lost the bet, suck it up. Sounds like sour grapes.

  79. This article failed to clarify the actual bet. The reporter, Tim Kawakami bet lunch in Napa with York and another reporter. York changed it to dinner at an exclusive restaurant and included his wife and agreed to pay for her tab.. York failed to pay for his wife and from lunch to dinner at an exclusive restaurant was not the bet. York should offer to make it right and allow the reporter to suggest how to make it right.

  80. Hey, Tim, if you can’t stay up, don’t run with the big dogs. Your petty and pathetic kvetching over the cost of YOUR LOST BET does not ellicit sympathy from most people – as YOU, TOO are out of touch with the regular guy. The “regular guy” does not get to sit in the press box at each and every game they go to, eating free food and rubbing elbows with other (wannabe) big shots. The “regular guy” also is not privvy to the behind the scenes gossip and junior high silliness that you sports writers get so giddy over.

    Man up, and take your loss like a “regular guy” and quit whining like a little bish.

  81. Kawakami needs to grow up…deciding to play with the big boys was his…own it. Waiting two years and then cowardly going public is truly embarassing.

  82. A lot of you keep saying that York should have known better or York is oblivious to Tim’s financial arena?

    Well people still talk about how bad that stadium is but Tim was talking crap before it was even built?

    And you Think Jed was OK with that part of the story?

    Just sounds like he knew Tim had bit off more than he could chew and Jed put the screws to him,totally aware.

    I couldn’t care less about either one of them but Tim got served what he deserved.

  83. I’d like to have the $$$ that restaurant rakes in on one weekend. I’ve always said the best kind of business to own is one that sells vastly overpriced items to rich people. The rich, especially those who inherited a fortune are suckers and pay through the nose for just about anything with this perceived value and prestige. Sickening.

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    You have no idea what the rich are paying for. It’s not just the food prepared with the best ingredients by some of the most talented chefs. It’s not even the most obsequious service and the amazing atmosphere. They are paying to not be at the same restaurant as schlubs with two kids who think the server should smile and introduce themselves.

  84. He agreed to have the dinner at French Laundry, and he’s mad about the bill???? $2,100 for 3 people is about normal there, he should have checked the place out before agreeing to the bet.

  85. He should have bet him that no one would be stupid enough to fire Jim Harbaugh, and then he would have won.

  86. i think this is being way over played.. said writer lost the bet and paid the price, I think his point in writing about it is more about how generationsal wealthy people dont realize what they do is ludicrous to every one else and are in no way can emphasize with them

  87. zinnsand21 says:
    May 18, 2016 12:31 AM

    Two observations.. You make a bet, you lose a bet, you pay the bet. You should have thought about the cost before you made the bet. Stop crying.. And.. What the h**l do you eat at one sitting that costs $2100 US??

    Wine service, not that the meal was not expensive. Eating at one of the top rated places in the country is going to cost you $300.00 per person with tax and tip but you can spend a month of most of our salaries on wine service.

  88. My wife worked in the media. Hence comes the spoils. The company paid for the meal at this posh restaurant. All we had to do is pay the tip. A after a great meal and a bottle of wine… 350 bucks !
    My first concern was…Do I want tip this twerp $70.00

  89. I am shocked that somehow Kawakami didn’t put a spin on it and blame the Raiders for it. I guess he would have had to been with Nancy Gay, and Ray Ratto in order for that to happen although. Then they all could go on about how bad the raiders are, how terrible and dysfunctional the front office is, and how great the 49ers franchise is. I am glad he has a $2100 impression how great his favorite team is.

  90. Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Tim Kawakami is a Bay Area SF Homer and anti Oakland Raider, A’s, and Warriors writer (Until the Warriors became good and said they were moving to SF)

    And for York? What did you expect from him? No one likes him for a reason. No one wants to be with that dumpster fire of an organization. They had to settle for Chip Kelly when Sean Payton, Adam Gase, Mike Shannahan, Hue Jackson, David Shaw, etc all said NO THANKS!

  91. Stop crying Kawakami, you shouldn’t be betting anyway with a guy that has a lot more inside information than you. You media guys think your special and you know it All. Pay up and get into a program for Gambling Anonymous!

  92. The Mercury News probably reimbursed Tim for the bill and that douche bag is whining about it to bring more attention to himself and the paper. Not a niners fan but I’m glad York stuck it to him, Al Davis was correct about Kawakami being a no talent hack who would do anything to bring attention to himself…

  93. York and wife were out to teach Kawakami a lesson: never pick a fight with someone out of your league and don’t write checks with your mouth that your wallet can’t cash.

  94. zoxitic says:
    May 18, 2016 7:09 AM

    Remember when this team was good for a brief moment?
    —————————-

    No, but I remember when they were great for a long time, but that was before they got Yorked.

    I also remember when they were on the verge of being great again, before they got Yorked/Baalked.

  95. The French Laundry is well known as one of the most exclusive restaurants in the world, and is the pride of Northern California. It takes 2+ years to get reservations. It’s something like 8 or 9 courses of items that the world famous Chef Thomas Keller imagines the same day, with ingredients he hand picks from local purveyors. There’s no way he didn’t know what was going on, but, the lie did it’s job because suddenly this story is everywhere

  96. Well if you lose a bet and have to take a millionaire to lunch where do you think he’s going to want eat….at McDonald’s?

    C’mon man, if you can’t walk with the big dogs then stay on the porch. Jed should have stuck him with a 5100 dollar bill.

  97. Does anyone find it funny that a couple of meals could cost this much? Holy moly, French Laundry huh?

  98. If it was Kawakami who had won, he would have ate $2100 by himself. Get over yourself, Kawakami. You sound like a sore loser. Where did you think a billionaire would want dinner at, Gordon Biersch?

  99. Not at French Laundry. French Laundry is a 5 star expensive restaurant . I just find it funny that Kawakami had to finance a Dinner because he ran off at the mouth too much. Probably took him 6 months to pay off the credit card debt.

  100. Simple explanation to all this. He made the bet and paid it fully expecting to be able to write it off as a business expense. Submits the receipt with his tax returns thinking it’s all good. IRS red flags then audits his return and says no way, there’s nothing to support it was a business expense. No article about it tieing it to business etc. So now his accountant says OK, to make this a legitimate expense, you need to write about it. Kaw says he can’t, it was all off the record. Accountant says well the only way the IRS will allow the expense is to tie to business. And what we are reading about is Kawakami’s best attempt at doing just that. Pretty lame. But don’t blame York for this one. This is all on Kaw.

  101. I am assuming Kawakami also ate dinner with them? So he lost a bet which cost him $2100, but was able to have an exclusive dinner with the owner of the local team and his wife. That kind of relationship building for a guy in Kawakami’s line of work is probably well worth the money. Now he’s getting all the publicity out of complaining publicly about it as well.

    Kawakami is a fairly famous sports writer, living in SF (where everything is expensive) and he has several books to his name. He’s not some schlub scribe living in the midwest making 50k a year. I’m betting he pulls in plenty of money to splurge once in his life on a $2100 meal, and I’m betting that if he had not complained about it, the $2100 meal would have more than paid off for him with insider 49ers access.

  102. Geez Tim. You’re the one who made the bet, but the Mercury News should pay for it. They’ve benefitted from your adversarial relationship with the 49ers, and you’ve generated quite a following because if it. This was done in the line of duty.

  103. Maybe set guidelines next time you make a bet with a billionaire smart guy…not all the people that eat at French Laundry are billionaires or even millionaires by the way…is it expensive, yes…but it’s the right kind of place for a wager like this…

    I see no problem with it…none at all…had York lost, Kawakami would have milked it in the press like a merit badge and it would have been worth more than a couple of grand of publicity…As a business person, it is considered an honor for someone to include their close family, such as a spouse, at a business dinner like this…and this was a bet but it was all business…

    And this is from someone who thinks York is a total DB.

  104. This reminds me of the veterans sticking the rookies with multi thousand dollar dinner tabs. It’s always those with the least means who are stuck with the tabs.

    For those who don’t know, the French Laundry in Napa is one of the best restaurants in the country. It is NOT a cheap place, especially with the fantastic wine. I was fortunate to go there with my wife’s law firm for a Christmas dinner. Partners were ordering $2000 bottles of wine and just chugging it.

  105. I could pay to take my team’s owner to dinner at Hooters for $40. Mark would love it!

  106. I wish we knew what they ordered that day…
    Kawakami: “I’ll have a side salad. And tap water is fine, thank you.”
    York: “We’ll start with the lobster, and my wife will have the wagyu kobe filet mignon. And open your finest vintage pinot noir…”

  107. If Tim Kawakami had a nickel for every poorly written, ridiculous pice of “journalism” he has written he could have easily paid for dinner. I think York is a douche but Kawakami is a clown in his own right. Shut up about it and move on. It was 2 years ago!

  108. Tim is a douche. So is Jed, so to me it’s hysterical. I bet Tim was thinking he would go in and get an expensive meal he really couldn’t afford and Jed would let him off easy and pay the check…. plan backfired. Pretty much like all of his troll articles do.

  109. If you guys listen to the podcast, Tim wanted to bet lunch. Lunch like at some sandwich place down the street but oh wait, no no no, Jed York doesn’t eat at places where mere peasants eat.

    So York said, you got yourself a bet but how about at the French Laundry?

    Tim also says on his podcast that he had no problem paying for York and himself. A bet is a bet, even if he sort of got dared into making it dinner at French Laundry. But why go back on your word about how Tim didn’t have to pay for his wife?

    I like how York doesn’t deny any of it and pretty much says I was oblivious to the problem. Of course you were! That’s the point Tim’s trying to make!

  110. ambipasser says:
    May 18, 2016 5:51 PM

    If you guys listen to the podcast, Tim wanted to bet lunch. Lunch like at some sandwich place down the street but oh wait, no no no, Jed York doesn’t eat at places where mere peasants eat.

    So York said, you got yourself a bet but how about at the French Laundry?

    Tim also says on his podcast that he had no problem paying for York and himself. A bet is a bet, even if he sort of got dared into making it dinner at French Laundry. But why go back on your word about how Tim didn’t have to pay for his wife?

    I like how York doesn’t deny any of it and pretty much says I was oblivious to the problem. Of course you were! That’s the point Tim’s trying to make!
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    There’s no doubt that Jed York knew exactly what he was doing when he suggested one of the most exclusive and most expensive restaurants in the United States.

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