Dallas Cowboys veterans stuck rookie receiver Dez Bryant with the dinner bill Monday — and it came to almost $55,000.
IRVING, Texas — How much is it worth to you to not carry a pair of shoulder pads?
Well, for Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant, it was just under $55,000.
Remember the highly publicized incident in training camp when receiver Bryant refused to carry the pads of veteran Roy Williams in a traditional ritual that is an annual rite of passage on most NFL teams?
Williams promised Bryant would pay one way or another, and specifically pointed to a time when the rookie took the veterans out to dinner. Williams said he would be extra hungry and extra thirsty.
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Payback time came Monday night at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Bryant was supposed to take a small group of offensive players out to dinner. A few more hungry souls — including defensive players — showed up.
The final tab was $54,896.
“When it started out, it was supposed to be small,” said Bryant’s adviser, David Wells. “Way more ended up going. They got him.”
The dinner was one thing. But several players walked out with bottles of wine or champagne. Bryant had no choice but to pay or wash dishes, Wells said.
“What could he say? What could he do?” Wells said with a chuckle. “It wasn’t in the monthly budget. But he had to do what he had do.”
Former Oklahoma State standout Bryant didn’t seem to mind and apparently took it all in stride.
This is what he posted on his Twitter account during the dinner: “I’m here eating, drinking with my dogs I go to war with every Sunday doing it big at pappas steakhouse!!!!”
While most media accounts reported Bryant was stuck for the entire amount, The Dallas Morning News website said, “Bryant helped foot the bill for the dinner.”
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