Instead of supporting the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, Randall has been a vocal supporter of the Golden State Warriors:
I’m glad the Cavs made it to the finals so I can watch Curry light that bitch up Game 3 & 4 ♂️— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) May 28, 2018
And he’s really confident the Warriors will beat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday:
If the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA finals I’ll buy everyone who retweet’s this a jersey...— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) May 29, 2018
As of the publishing of this post, Randall’s tweet has eclipsed 300,000 retweets. That’s a LOT of jerseys. And the Browns defensive back says there’s a 100 percent chance he delivers on the promise.
Update: On Wednesday, he said the tweet wasn’t serious.
“I definitely didn’t think the Cleveland fan base would go this crazy about it,” Randall said, via ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “Obviously, it is a joke. Just to know how passionate this fan base is, it is really encouraging.”
Update 2: The Cavs didn’t win, so Randall is off the hook. But he made a jersey donation anyway, bringing boxes of his Browns jersey to a local Boys and Girls Club:
.@RandallTime didn't have to buy a million Cavs jerseys.— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 15, 2018
But he did team up with @Fanatics to donate a bunch of #23 @Browns jerseys to his local Boys & Girls Club @Clevekids.#HardKnocksNow pic.twitter.com/kVwsop4MKF
But what would the logistics of that kind of jersey giveaway look like? Let’s imagine:
There’s just no way he can afford to buy new Cavs jerseys for everyone
Randall has been an up-and-down player so far in his NFL career, but the Browns already picked up his fifth-year option so he’s not set to free agency until 2020. He’ll move to safety after three years of playing cornerback in Green Bay, and if Randall excels in his new role, he could be on his way toward a sizable contract.
For now, though, he’s set to make $1,090,381 in base salary in 2018 with a $424,037 roster bonus. As Randall’s former teammate Davante Adams pointed out, that’s not going to cut it.
Right now your bill bout 10 mill lol no bullshit— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) May 29, 2018
At the time Adams tweeted that, he might’ve been right. The number of retweets has continued to climb, though.
On NBA.com, a replica LeBron James jersey is priced at $74.99. Multiply that by the 300,000 people who have retweeted so far and that’s a cool $22.5 million.
But Randall didn’t specify what kind of jersey he’d buy
If the Cavs win, Randall’s best chance at actually paying up and not squelching on the bet is to be creative. Randall told everyone he’d buy them a jersey — he didn’t promise that it’d be a nice one.
On NFLShop.com there are some truly awful Browns memorabilia up for sale. Randall could save a lot if he goes digging through the graveyard of Cleveland past to scoop up Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Peyton Hillis, and Colt McCoy jerseys.
But he could go even cheaper. Randall could find the kind of blank practice jerseys that a high school would buy for dodgeball in gym class. Purchase in bulk and just a couple dollars per jersey is doable.
But that’s still going to be a lot of cash.
Let’s go way outside the box, then. What if Randall gave out coupons for some free Jersey Mike’s? That’s close enough, yeah?
How would a free jersey giveaway even work?
Congratulations person who retweeted Damarious Randall, it’s the near future and the Cavaliers just became NBA champions. Now what? Do you DM him your address or something?
What if you retweeted him after the Cavs won? Was he jotting down the names of people who retweeted him while the offer was still open?
Randall could drop jerseys all across Cleveland out of a helicopter, but his promise was to each person who retweeted him. I have no clue how that could ever be policed. Apparently we’re going to find out either way, thanks to former Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas.
I’m so confident in my @cavs, if the @warriors win the 2018 NBA finals, I’ll buy anyone who retweets this a signed @StephenCurry30 gameworn jersey. Even you @RandallTime. @KingJames https://t.co/zsQp3LxGbu— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) May 30, 2018
Luckily for Randall, there’s a strong likelihood he won’t have to pay up. As of right now, the Warriors are huge favorites to beat the Cavs in the NBA Finals.
But if the Cavs pull off the upset, sorry retweeters, there’s just no way you’re getting a new James jersey in the mail. You’d be lucky even to get a laptop battery like Scott’s Tots.