Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant's $55,000 Rookie Dinner Details Revealed; $1,300 Shots

Rookie hazing is simply part of the NFL’s fratboy culture and has been decades. Like the recent Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito Miami Dolphin’s scandal of last season, these types of issues are exactly what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league are trying to get rid of. And although many acts of hazing are simply veteran players subjecting rookies to harmless, menial tacks, sometimes things can go overboard. And for the Dallas Cowboys, once such incident occurred back in 2010. And it was in the form of a $55,000 dinner bill.

“A couple older guys were ordering magnum bottles of Cristal and pouring it in flower pots” – Jesse Holley
This entire episode started when Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry veteran wideout Roy William’s pads after practice. The brash young rookie felt he was drafted to play football, not carry someone’s pads. Williams vowed revenge and concocted this idea of making Bryant pay for a team dinner.  This infamous supper took place in late September of 2010 at the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas. At the time, their cheapest steak on the menu was $35.96.


Now, former Cowboys wideout Jesse Holley has divulged even more stunning details about that night during a recent radio interview with 105.3 The Fan.  Holley described a situation where veteran Cowboy players were ordering the most expensive things on the menu on purpose. And in a way most would describe as being inconsiderate and disrespectful. The most elaborate item being a rare Cognac that the waiters served only while wearing white gloves. And at an outrageous cost of $1,300 a shot.

Holley went on to describe the intentional over-ordering that took place just to “stick it” to the rookie’s wallet.

“We were ordering $90 Kobe beef steaks. I ordered two of those. I took one home and had steak and eggs for breakfast. Guys had lobster for appetizers. It got carried away. I’m not going to say who did it, but a couple older guys were ordering magnum bottles of Cristal and pouring it in flower pots. A lot of guys got like king size lobsters that were $120. We ordering stuff like that for appetizers. It was an all out feast.”

An all out feast that rubbed the rookie Bryant the wrong way. Although the $54,896 bill was actually split amongst all the rookies according to Holley, the young Bryant still felt slighted by his elders over the entire dinner. Here’s what he recently told FOX Sports 1’s Back Of The Shop about the incident:

“I could’ve easily went off on every last one of them, but I didn’t. I kept myself together, and I wanted to change that. So you know what I did, went out there and did my thing. Now they’re allowing me to call the shots.”

Bryant is now being commended for standing up to rookie hazing. And after agreeing to the dinner, he man’d up, held his tongue and paid his share. Now, a four-year veteran himself, I’m sure Bryant is more than content in carrying his own pads after practice.

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