Chad Johnson tells why he leaves such huge restaurant tips

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Chad Johnson never forgets to tip.

The former NFL wide receiver, also known as “Chad Ochocinco,” dined out at James Harden’s Thirteen Houston restaurant last weekend, where he left a $1,300 tip on a $107 bill — something Johnson’s been doing for 20 years, he told The Post.

“It’s just something I always do, regardless of where I am, regardless of what restaurant or the service, I always take care of those who are serving me,” Johnson explained.

Johnson was in Houston training with boxing champions Jermall and Jermell Charlo before the 43-year-old will take on bareknuckle fighter Brian Maxwell, 33, in a four-round exhibition bout Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The matchup is on the Floyd Mayweather-Logal Paul pay-per-view card distributed by Showtime


Despite training for his first-ever boxing match, Johnson was clearly in a playful mood at Harden’s eatery. At the bottom of the bill — under the outside gratuity — Johnson penned a friendly message to the Nets point guard.

Former NFL player Chad Ochocinco Johnson looks on during warmups
Chad Johnson has long been recognized as an outstanding tipper.
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“James Harden is scared to play me in FIFA!!”

Harden, in an Instagram story post thanking Johnson for the “love” on his bill, said it’s Johnson who’s been resisting a FIFA matchup with him.

“Lol and we can line the FIFA up any day. You been running for some years now,” Harden responded to Johnson’s call-out.

Johnson, while in Houston for three weeks last month, visited a number of different establishments, and he tipped big.

On May 29, the Bengals legend also threw down a $1,000 tip on a $4.28 bill at Houston’s famed Turkey Leg Hut.

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