Cowboys WR Discusses NFL Hazing Experience

Hayley Hoefer Contributor
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In 2010, Dez Bryant signed an $11.8 million rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys, but the wide receiver was nonetheless unhappy about having to pay $55,000 for a team dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse.

Expressing his criticism of NFL hazing, Bryant explained to FOX Sports 1’s “Back Of The Shop,” “The way I look at that is some guys do it just to be [expletive].” He then went on to say that having to cover the ridiculously expensive dinner tab back in 2010 “struck me the wrong way.”

As a rookie, Bryant expressed his displeasure with hazing by bucking an unwritten NFL tradition and refusing to carry teammate Roy Williams’ shoulder pads. Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips defended the young wide receiver’s action, but with Bryant in the midst of contract negotiations with the Cowboys, his most recent comments might also strike some members of the team the wrong way.