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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Israel Idonije pranks rookies

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Pay up, rookies. That was the message Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije had for first-round pick Shea McClellin and another rookie Tuesday when he handed them a bill for $38,091.91 after a rookie night dinner.

But as it turns out, the bill was a joke.

"We all went out for dinner, rookie night, and we had the restaurant bring by a big bill just to shock (practice squad defensive end) Aston (Whiteside) and Shea," Idonije said Wednesday. "It was hilarious. They didn't know what to do with themselves. It was fun and we laughed, and we moved on.

"It was five minutes of them trying to debate what they were going to do and how they were going to figure it out. We laughed. It was a lot of fun."

Idonije tweeted a photo of the bill with the accompanying message, "Tonight's Gonna be a Good Night!! #RookieNight."

McClellin wasn't let off the hook entirely. The defensive end out of Boise State told reporters he did get stuck paying a bill in excess of $10,000 at Mastro's Steakhouse's Chicago location.

"I did that (pick up the tab) yesterday," McClellin said. It wasn't that ($38,091.91). It was still pretty high, but it wasn't that. It was pretty bad.

"They can eat for sure, and they were eating. I didn't really care. They're there to have fun. I'm there to have fun. I kind of just tried to block it, have fun with it and not worry about how much I was spending.

"Oh yeah, definitely (was the most I ever spent). Definitely; (it was) a lot. But it was worth it. It was fun."

But what if the bill had been real? McClellin was asked whether he can cover a $38,091.91 meal.

"I'd have to pay someone back," McClellin said. "I wouldn't be paying all of that. I could pay half of it."

ESPN's Darren Rovell contributed to this report.