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September 28, 2010

Just CHILL: Dez Bryant pays a steep price for not carrying shoulder pads

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

How is much is it worth to you to not carry a pair of shoulder pads?

Well, for Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant it was just under $55,000.

Remember, the overblown incident in training camp when Bryant refused to carry the pads of veteran receiver Roy Williams in a traditional hazing ritual that is an annual rite of passage on most NFL teams.

Williams promised that Bryant would pay one way or another and specifically pointed to a time when the rookie took the veterans out the dinner. He said he would be extra hungry and extra thirsty.

Payback time came Monday night when Bryant was supposed to take a small group of offensive players out to dinner. A few more hungry souls showed up.

The final tab was $54,896

"When it started out it was supposed to be small," Bryant's advisor David Wells said. "Way more ended up going. They got him."

The dinner was one thing. But several players walked out with bottles of wine and 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."



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