What is it About Denny’s That Makes Athletes So Mad?

Justin December 9, 2009 3

Tim Thomas, who is apparently on the Mavericks now (who knew?), got into an altercation with someone at a Denny’s early Wednesday morning.


The police report says that a restaurant patron, Damien Pettie, 29, recognized Thomas and told police that he stated, “Hey, what’s up?” Thomas, according to the report, responded with a string of curse words and racial and anti-gay epithets. Pettie, the police report says, responded with profanity.

Thomas isn’t accused of actually hitting anyone.  His friends apparently did the smacking down for him.

If this sounds vaguely familiar, allow me to remind you of the Ricky Manning Jr/ Maurice Jones Drew Denny’s altercation from a few years back.

Manning acknowledged he argued with a man at a Denny’s near UCLA, where he attended college, in the early hours of April 23. He denied accusations that he and former Bruins Tyler Ebell and Maurice Drew punched and kicked the man in the face until he lost consciousness.

That one apparently began when the football players saw a guy with glasses working on a laptop, so they attacked him and called him a “nerd” and “jew.” (I don’t see the correlation between laptops and Judaism, but, then again, I’m not a professional football player.)


I have not been to a Denny’s in quite a few years, but if my impressions are correct, it seems like a slightly nicer alternative to Waffle House. I have been to Waffle Houses a number of times, and that never ends well. Either I end up asleep in the parking lot or trying  not to make eye contact with the biker gang made up of old black guys.  What’s my point? I don’t know. Maybe just go home without the omelet at the end of the night and save yourself some heartache.


  1. tecmo December 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm -

    i think its the carpet at dennys. it usually provokes me into wanting to fight shit anytime ive been at a dennys.

  2. Saki December 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm -

    Good for you. Everyone needs to be able to care for themselves and I had no doubt you’d pull this off. Congratulations.The kids are aoaldbre.Have a terrific day.

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