It was presumed when Dez Bryant refused to carry Roy Williams‘s shoulder pads during training camp, that the rookie would be hazed in a variety of other ways. On Monday, Bryant paid for many of his teammates’ dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. The Bill was estimated between $54,000 and $55,000. But give credit to Bryant, he stated that he his previous efforts (buying a copy of Madden 11 for himself and Roy Williams as well as buying all of the receiving staff Air Jordan Olympic 7s) were his effort to build camaraderie among his teammates.
Bryant resists hazing while concurrently making every effort to contribute to this team on the field as well as off the field. It’s a fine line that he is walking, but he seems to have perfect balance. Kudos Dez, kudos.
However, the main point of this article is the reaction from fans to the exorbitant sum of the final check (quotes pulled from Dallas Morning News).
As a guy whose family finances have been wrecked by this economy, I’m not the least bit amused by this story. I think it’s disgusting.
Message to Dez: this waste of money will come back to haunt you.
I know these guys are rich, but why report this story… That is more than me and a lot of people make in a YEAR working hard… Still a huge Cowboy fan, but I could do without hearing about a $55,000 joke… They earn their money like everyone else, but don’t need to brag about it
so ghetto. What classless fools.
What a great story to read in these tough economic times ! It gives me a warm fuzzy to see the Boys out spending extravagant amounts of money on ONE meal and paying $9000 for a bottle of wine. They deserve it after getting one win ! I’m sure this story really inspired all of us struggling to keep jobs and pay bills. Please let me know when they decide to go to breakfast somewhere and maybe I will show up and get some of the scraps !
And the disgust goes on and on. First of all, the money wasn’t blown at a Monte Carlo casino. The money was spent at a LOCAL restaurant where local Dallas denizens live and work. Certainly there is a profit to be made by the restaurant, but the check helps to pay the salary of the hostess, the wait staff, the cooks, the manager, etc. People who are having economic difficulties may see the sum of $54,000 and be appalled, but they are simply myopic.
If Bryant and others exercised fiscal conservatism and elected to not dine at fine restaurants, we would simply have fine restaurants going out of business adding to the unemployment numbers and further misery.
Dez Bryant is a team builder, a trend setter, and a supporter of the local community. Kudos Dez. Kudos!