NBA star Andre Drummond leaves $1,000 tip at Florida restaurant
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond left behind a $1,000 tip for his server at a Florida restaurant on Sunday as the state began to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The NBA star had brunch at Che Restaurant in Delray Beach and added the four-digit tip to his $164.25 bill, the restaurant shared on Instagram.

Waitress Kassandra Diaz said she was stunned by the generosity from Drummond, whom she didn't recognize, writing that she was “shaking and had tears of happiness.”


“I had no idea how to react, I didn’t want to draw attention but at the same time I couldn’t describe the the amount of appreciation I had/have,” she continued. “It’s so amazing to see people displaying acts of kindness in these uncertain times.”

Drummond responded: “Thank you for being amazing.”

Daniela Sujoy, Che’s general manager, told the Sun Sentinel newspaper that Diaz will be keeping the entire gratuity. 

The post noted that restaurants and waitstaff have been struggling due to stay-at-home orders meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Restaurants in all but three South Florida counties were able to reopen earlier this month at 25 percent capacity. Tables are required to be 6 feet apart, with no parties of more than 10 people.


Drummond, one of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2018, has a nearly $24 million annual salary and makes an additional $1 million through endorsements such as Nike, according to Forbes.

The All-Star center announced last month that he would be donating $100,000 to help the Middlesex Health Emergency Response Fund, which provides relief during the coronavirus pandemic in his hometown of Middleton, Conn. 

He also donated $60,000 to help pay event staff and hourly workers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the arena where the Cavaliers play. 

“My mother worked for Middlesex Health so it was extremely important to donate to their Emergency Response Fund,” Drummond said in a statement. “Right now, we need to take care of those medical workers who are taking care of us and putting themselves at risk. The Fund will ultimately give those on the frontline with the equipment they need to protect themselves.”

He is at least the second professional athlete to leave a generous tip at a Florida restaurant this month.

Former Miami Dolphin Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson left a $1,000 tip on a $37.40 tab at Havana’s Cuban Cuisine in Cooper City earlier this month.

“Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. 'I LOVE YOU,' ” Johnson wrote at the bottom of the check.